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An introduction to meditation and Buddhist practice

Sun, 19 Nov, 2017 - 16:28

An introduction to meditation and Buddhist practice

Sun, 19 Nov, 2017 - 16:28

The experience developed within the Buddhist tradition over thousands of years has created an incomparable resource for all those who wish to improve the quality of their lives and follow a path towards fulfilment. This course will teach you two Buddhist meditation practices - The Mindfulness of Breathing and the Metta Bhavana (the cultivation of loving-kindness) and the fundamental tenets of Buddhist teaching: nothing is fixed or permanent; actions have consequences; change is possible: as well as exploring how the...

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Chai and Chanting - Sunday 29th October

Sun, 15 Oct, 2017 - 07:42

Chai and Chanting - Sunday 29th October

Sun, 15 Oct, 2017 - 07:42

To reprise our very successful Chai and Chanting from earlier in the year we will be having our second such event.

We will be following the theme of beauty and change as we enter the autumn months. Participants will be asked to create a room of beauty using natural objects as well as decorating the shrine using such objects.

We will meditate upon change and we will learn and practice a number of Buddhist mantras in an atmosphere of joy.

Starting at 14.00 and going on...

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Chai and Chanting - Saturday 4th March

Sat, 4 Feb, 2017 - 14:43

Chai and Chanting - Saturday 4th March

Sat, 4 Feb, 2017 - 14:43

Following on from our highly successful Soup and Sangha we introduce Chai and Chanting.

On Saturday the 4th March from 14.00 to 17.00 we shall engage in meditation and devotional practice with a special focus on reciting Buddhist mantras.

There will be Chai (Indian spiced tea) and there will be cake.

This will be a joyful occasion of joined voices in harmony (we hope!) so please come and join us. 

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Introduction to Buddhism

Sat, 6 Aug, 2016 - 07:38

Introduction to Buddhism

Sat, 6 Aug, 2016 - 07:38

From Tuesday 13th September we will start a new series of sessions to introduce newcomers to what Buddhism is all about.

Week 1 – What is Buddhism? A discussion of what makes Buddhism unique, introducing the Buddha. We will begin the meditation practice of Mindfulness of breathing.

Week 2 – Why meditate? Some key features of the practice of meditation and benefits of a regular practice. We will continue the Mindfulness of breathing.

Week 3 – Living as a Buddhist – an investigation of the ways in...

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Taking part in BAM! Buddhist Action Month.

Sun, 29 May, 2016 - 11:25

Taking part in BAM! Buddhist Action Month.

Sun, 29 May, 2016 - 11:25

Throughout June we shall be participating in Buddhist Action Month. Each week we shall focus on one particular way in which we can make a difference in the world using the broad themes of:

Sustainability - the effects of our way of life upon the world.

Compassion for others - how we can offer loving kindness and compassion to those people near and far.

Giving - what we can do to offer money, time, skills or effort to bring about positive change in the world.

We shall make...

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Second Soup and Sangha

Fri, 22 Apr, 2016 - 22:17

Second Soup and Sangha

Fri, 22 Apr, 2016 - 22:17

Please come and join me in my home in Woodley for what is becoming a regular event

We will get together to enjoy Soup and, nourished in our body, we will seek spiritual noyurishment through meditation practice in the company of friends - and then we eat cake!


I will provide delicious homecooked vegetarian soup and rolls and we will have an afternoon of meditation practice in the peaceful garden room in my home.
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Our next topic will be the Noble Eightfold Path

Sun, 27 Mar, 2016 - 17:33

Our next topic will be the Noble Eightfold Path

Sun, 27 Mar, 2016 - 17:33

From Tuesday 5th April for eight weeks we will be looking at the Noble Eightfold Path, the path from suffering to happiness.

Each of the eight begins with the word ‘Samma’ most usually translated as ‘Right-‘. The Pali word also denotes wholesome, wise, skillful or ideal.

Right view or vision

Right intention

Right speech

Right action

Right livliehood

Right effort

Right mindfulness

Right concentration or focus

The eight are not sequential but to be practiced as the capacity and circumstances of the individual allows.

These eight can be seen as a way to challenge and change established behaviours leading to a more...

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Soup and Sangha - Sunday 3rd April

Sun, 6 Mar, 2016 - 18:04

Soup and Sangha - Sunday 3rd April

Sun, 6 Mar, 2016 - 18:04

Please come and join me in my home in Woodley for what I hope will become a regular event - Soup and Sangha.

Soup you know about, Sangha means those who get together to support each other in their meditation practice. An act of friendship and loving kindness.

I will provide delicious homecooked vegetarian soup and rolls and we will have an afternoon of meditation practice in the peaceful garden room in my home.
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Closure 29th March

Sun, 6 Mar, 2016 - 16:59

Closure 29th March

Sun, 6 Mar, 2016 - 16:59

Please note that there will not be a meeting in Reading on the 29th March due to Easter.

We hope to see you on the 5th of April when we will be starting a new study course

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New series of meditation studies - the Brahma Vihara's

Sun, 28 Feb, 2016 - 00:10

New series of meditation studies - the Brahma Vihara's

Sun, 28 Feb, 2016 - 00:10

From the 1st of March for 4 weeks we shall be focusing on the Brahma Viharas which translates as the ‘abodes of wisdom’ or ‘houses of understanding’.

Pictured as a vast tree, the canopy, leaves and trunk are made up of Metta - being the practice of loving kindness to all beings. Not informed by how we think about them or our attitude towards them but rather by a desire to actively bring happiness, good health, freedom from suffering and contentment to all...

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