Alokabodi is offering a meditation day on Sunday, 7th June. Please arrive by 9.45am for a 10am start, the day will end at 5pm. We will be in noble silence for most of the day. There will be the opportunity to do walking meditation in the beautiful grounds of Blackthorn and eat a shared lunch together. Please bring vegetarian food to share.
We are now in the month of May, when Budhhists celebrate the festival of Vesak - the birth, elightenment and death of the Buddha.
We are planning to have a small ceremony at our Tuesday group, but there will also be ceremonies at the monasteries.
If people would like to go we can hopefully arrange car shares, please post if you are planning to go and can offer a lift.
CHITHURST MONASTERY will celebrate Vesak on Sunday 24th May.
AMARAVATI MONASTERY will celebrate the festival on Sunday 31st May
Introduction to Buddhism
One of our committee members, Pam Warner, recently delivered a six session, “Introduction to Buddhism Course”. The course was well attended with a good mix of participants with different levels of experience. Each session began with a guided meditation followed by a talk from Pam on the following topics:
Week 1: The Origins of Buddhism in Ancient India
Week 2: Life of the Buddha
Week 3: The Four Noble Truths
The Three Characteristics of Existence
Week 4: The Noble Eightfold Path
Week 5: Buddhist Practice and the role of the Sangha
Week 6: Is Buddhism a system of belief?
Feedback from participants new to meditation and Buddhism indicated that they felt the course gave them a very helpful and accessible way of finding out more about these topics in a friendly and open manner. Those who already had some experience benefitted from the course structure which enabled them to make links between different areas and topics.
All in all it was a very successful course and we are grateful to Pam for all of her hard work in creating it and for sharing her wide knowledge and experience with us.