Celebrating communicating the Dharma
2 pm – 3.30 pm – Give peas a chance! – vegan workshop with Q&A
Recipe sources, product info, health and nutrition tips/resources and more – and their relevance to Dharma practitioners. Plus a chance to share questions, successes and challenges. All welcome, whatever your current dietary persuasion.There may be chocolate. Led by Jane Easton, cookery teacher and writer.
3.45 pm -7.45 pm: Rattle those pots and pans. Sangha cook team wanted to work with Jane Easton! Help to prepare Sunday’s sangha dinner (sign up for a shift: four hours or two hours. We need the equivalent of 16 hours: prepping, cooking, clearing up, setting up). Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up and say which day/hours you can offer.
Sunday 29 July
4 pm – 6 pm: Final prep, heating up, setting up and serving food – 2-3 helpers needed
Main course (all vegan and GF)
- Mellow Caribbean vegetable stew
- Coconut brown rice & peas
- Fried plantain
- Mango & tomato salsa
- Lemon & blueberry drizzle cake (regular)
- OR Banana, date & walnut cake (GF)
- Served with cashew cream or ice cream
7.00pm – 7.45 pm: The mindfulness of washing up
Here is an invitation to our 2018 International Triratna Practice Week!
The plan is for as many Triratna Sanghas across the world to take part as possible so that we can be aware of each other practising together as one practice community, from Europe to the Americas to Australia and including India!
It’s like the Urban Retreats we’ve enjoyed together in Bristol many times before: the week starts with a Day Retreat on Saturday 22 September (essential) and then we carry on with life normally with the emphasis on the retreat practice material. We can have support in this with on-line talks and led meditations and also buddying up with another retreatant, meeting up where possible. We then come back on Saturday 29 September for another Day Retreat partly to share how our week’s retreat has gone. If you’re only free on the first Saturday, you can still take part without coming to this day if you are not free.
Click here for info on thebuddhistcentre.com
… a chance to encounter Sangharakshita through the Complete Works
The second set of volumes of Sangharakshita’s Complete Works has now been published and once again Dhivan and Satyalila will offer some half-day study sessions this autumn for Mitras, Order Members and friends interested in becoming Mitras. It’s an opportunity to get a sense of the many dimensions of Sangharakshita and the diversity of ways in which he has communicated the Dharma. It will also enable us to consider the context in which he gave various teachings – a vital aspect of understanding his work for future generations.
Sunday 30 September 2–5pm: Facing Mount Kanchenjunga (the second volume of Bhante’s memoirs)
Sunday 28 October 2–5pm: The Survey of Buddhism & The Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path (the Survey is generally regarded as Bhante’s Magnum Opus so this one is a must!)
Saturday 24 November 2–5 pm: Milarepa and the Art of Discipleship (two volumes with previously unpublished material on Tibet’s great yogi and approaches to insight)
Dhivan is a Buddhist scholar and also a poet who has an appreciation of Bhante’s emphasis on the arts as a vital aspect of spiritual practice. Satyalila is part of the team producing Sangharakshita’s Complete Works. Her life has been inspired and guided by Bhante’s presentation of the Dharma for almost 25 years and she’s keen to help others appreciate Bhante’s ‘radically traditional’ approach to Buddhist practice. Listen to them here
The sessions will include an overview of each volume by Dhivan and Satyalila and a close look at a few selected passages. It’s not necessary to own the volumes or have read the material prior to the session – though we hope you’ll be inspired to explore further!
Buddhist Action Month
STOP PRESS 4/7/18: BAM Dana Appeal for Warsaw – we did it!! Between us we’ve raised the full £2000 to help support Santaka teach the Dharma in Warsaw for two years! (In fact, money is still coming in…). This will be matched by our mystery donor so £4000 (and a bit) will head to Poland. To learn what a difference this could make to someone’s life, listen to Patryk Lange, from Krakow here. Part of the money is the £350 bid in a silent auction for two stunning photographic prints of foxes by Sam Hobson! Thanks to Sam & all those who contributed as well as Abhayamaitri for leading the appeal.
On Tuesday 12 June, Bhadra gave a talk about ‘Revisioning our Relationship with the World’ – catch up with that here.June is Buddhist Action Month (BAM), which coincides with our Ratnasambhava theme exploring positive emotion.
On Tuesday 5 June, Amalavajra came to talk about ‘Ratnasambhava’s Delight’ – the qualities of giving and generosity. He also led through a ‘gratitude bhavana’ meditation. (Catch this beautiful meditation here.)
The overall theme for BAM is ‘Transforming Self, Transforming World’. More details of BAM across the Triratna can be found here.
On Amalavajra’s evening we were invited to consider what action we each could take, focusing on the Dharma as our means of transforming self and world. Suggested actions were time, energy or money, both locally (Bristol Buddhist Centre) and globally (FutureDharma Fund – Triratna’s main charity for funding Dharma projects wordwide).
What could you do for BAM?
Locally – Give time/energy to help support events at the Centre, to spread the Dharma and to build Sangha:
- join Sangha works for 2 hours each week to help care for the Centre
- support an introductory course in the autumn
- help with basic maintenance each week at the Centre
- undertake website updates for Healing Rooms (requires WordPress skills!).
- consider supporting the Centre financially through regular giving. For more information, click here
These ideas received a great response on our 5 June Sangha night, with offers of funds (one off and regular giving), skills sharing and more help with Sangha works all being made. Bhadra is following these up – but it’s never too late to contact him with offers of help! Email email@example.com or catch him at a class.
Globally – There are a bewildering number of ways to help transform the world. One concrete and very doable suggestion from Amalavajra is to Give time/energy or money to FutureDharma. One specific FutureDharma project which the Bristol Sangha has taken to heart is:
Supporting Santaka in Poland
An Order member called Santaka (left) is already doing this in Warsaw. Each week he makes the 200 mile journey from Krakow to Warsaw to rent a room to teach two classes. This of course takes time, energy and money and in order to keep doing this he needs our help. He needs our support to continue spreading the Dharma to meet many more young people like Patryk, whose life was transformed by encountering the Dharma in Warsaw 9 years ago:
“Patryk is a young man in Poland who struggled with depression and anxiety, and a general lack of meaning in his life. Nine years ago he encountered the Triratna Buddhist group on Krakow, in what is largely a Christian country. Patryk knew he wanted to meditate but was very suspicious of any religion, and spent the first two years sitting on the windowsill. Then something began to change for Patryk and to his surprise he found himself making an offering during a puja. Fast forward to the present and Patryk has now asked to train to join the Triratna Buddhist Order and is currently living and working at Padmaloka, the men’s ordination training retreat centre in Norfolk, UK. Patryk now has meaning in his life.”
Patryk is just one story. There are many more people like Patryk in the world whose lives could be transformed by the Dharma.
The response from the Bristol Sangha to the Global request:
On the first Sangha Night of BAM, we launched a fundraising appeal to support Santaka in Poland. This is part of Buddhist Action Month (BAM) response as the Bristol Sangha. We have an opportunity to help the Polish sangha, as we did at the skills auction last month. An Order member here in Bristol has pledged to give £2000 each year for the next two years, if we can match that. So anything we can raise, he will double!
On Tuesday 5 June at Sangha night we raised £1485 for Poland, so we have just £515 left to raise.
Can you help? Click below to
(Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know if you do this – she’s keeping the records.)
If you’re inspired by FutureDharma, there are many other ways to be involved and to give – you might like to fundraise for a specific project elsewhere in the world, set up a monthly donation to support Dharma projects, or become a FutureDharma Champion. For more information, please contact Abhayamaitri (email@example.com).