Programme April – June 2015

INTRODUCTION TO MEDITATION

Saturday 16th ­May; 10:00 to 13:00

INTRODUCTION TO BUDDHISM

Thursdays 21st and 28th May, 4th June; 19:30 to 21:30

REGULARS’ GROUP (Wednesdays 19:30 to 21:30)

The regulars group is open to anyone who has been on an introductory course or who is already familiar with Buddhism and meditation.

8 Apr Alan – The Soṇadaṇḍa Sutta: on nobility

15 Apr Nigel – A question of skill

22 Apr double meditation

29 Apr Alan – The Mūlapariyāya Sutta: clinging to beliefs

6 May Wesak celebration

13 May Shona – Fate or free will?

20 May Nigel – Strength training for the mind

The next four talks form a short series on the Brahma Vihara meditations, which include the metta bhavana. Each talk and meditation will also stand on its own.

27 May ‘Gladdening the mind’

3 Jun Practising the Brahma viharas

10 Jun The mudita bhavana: sympathetic joy

17 Jun Bodhisattvas of compassion

24 Jun to be confirmed

All meetings are in the Quaker Meeting House, 98-100 Crown Street.

Study Group
The study group meets every other Sunday in members’ homes and studies books chosen by the group. During this programme we will be using ‘The Happiness Hypothesis’ by Jonathan Haidt. If you would like to join the study group, please contact the group email.

New study group book – This Being, That Becomes

This Being, That Becomes by Dhivan Thomas Jones is said to be a ‘clear, practical and open’ guide to that central but sometimes obscure Buddhist teaching of ‘conditioned co-production’. It will be the next book for the Study Group, which meets every other Sunday morning in members’ homes. The group is open to anyone who has read that week’s chapter, so if you are interested in joining in, please email us.

This Being That Becomes

Study group book: The Jewel in the Lotus

image_bookThe next study group book will be ‘The Jewel in the Lotus’ by Stephen Batchelor. It’s a bit different from our usual study group books in that it’s more about the history of Buddhism than the practice. It is out of print but there are plenty of copies available second hand.

The study group is held once a fortnight in members’ houses and is open to anyone who has read the week’s text. There is a separate mailing list for the study group wo if you would like to join it please email us.

Study Group book – Tales of Freedom

The study group’s new text is ‘Tales of Freedom’ by Vessantara, which discusses the teachings through stories from the Buddhist tradition. It seems to be out of print at present but there are lots of second hand copies available online.

The first meeting to discuss the first chapter will be on Sunday the 29th of July. Anyone can come, so long as they have read the text.