An 8-week online course beginning Wednesday 18 January 10.30am-12.30pm
My pain no longer controls my life in the same way, and even during flare ups my quality of life is way beyond what it was before…
For anyone suffering from chronic pain, illness or fatigue and associated anxiety and stress who would like help with managing pain or a health condition and wishes to find ways to improve the quality of their life.
The Buddha lived all of two and a half thousand years ago. However, the writings of the Pali Canon offer us a window onto his words and his personality. Join us for study of these earliest Buddhist scriptures, exploring what message they might have for us in these unprecedented and uncertain times. We will start each session with a brief period of Pali chanting and meditation before we read and reflect on a sutta. Join us for an exploration of...
Is it possible not to be confused about race? Is it possible to respond authentically to the hurt and discomfort of racism?
The construct of race is an integral part of Western society’s DNA and if we are to address the social injustice of racism, we need to have the race conversation. Yet all too often, attempts at such a dialogue are met with silence, denial, anger or hate. Eugene Ellis’ wonderful book actively supports anyone striving...
Six Wednesdays, 9 November - 14 December - 7-9.15pm
‘…a universe conceived of as dead cannot be a universe in which one stands any chance of attaining Enlightenment.’ Sangharakshita, Living with Awareness
One of the most urgent challenges facing humanity is to establish a respectful and sustainable relationship with the natural world. The nature-based spiritual tradition of animism offers both a mythical and a practical basis for such a relationship. Buddhism and animism have long been bedfellows, from when the Buddha roamed the forests...
There are so many ways we can grow and change. Uncovering and polishing the six qualities of generosity, ethics, patience, energy, meditation and wisdom that we all have in us (a little or a lot) is one way of transforming. Whether we are just dusting them off or discovering them anew, investigating these ‘perfections’ will offer us more self-awareness, confidence and hints of freedom for our journey of life.
Through discussion, meditation, exploration and reflection, Bodhilila and Maitripushpa invite you to join...
The Buddha was known as the awakened one, but what does it mean to really wake up? Buddhism is clear that this awakening is more than just intellectual knowledge. More importantly it is an opening of the heart and imagination to our own deepest nature and our place in the world. During this online retreat we will be looking at how we might deepen into ourselves and open to the world through our practice of meditation and ritual.
Join us on this weekend retreat as we try to go beyond our habits and views and all the ways we limit ourselves. As we practise together and connect with the open landscape, open sea and open sky at Othona we will experience more spaciousness in our hearts and minds.
‘As far as the sky pervades, so does awareness.
As far as awareness extends, so does absolute space’.
Join us for our weekend retreat by the Essex Coast on 6-8 May. We will seek inspiration from the Buddha’s most detailed account of meditation, the Anapanasati Sutta, and from the beauty of the littoral landscape.
We are delighted to be returning to Othona for our next in-person weekend retreat. We will be taking advantage of the beautiful natural setting of the Essex coast to support our practice, connecting with the earth, sea and sky to become more grounded and to develop more spaciousness in our hearts and minds. Join us as we come together as a community, practising together and connecting with others on the retreat.
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