Tuesday, 4 June 2019

This week @ Beaches Sangha: Sutta #14

So, if the 'fabricated' refers to anything that arises, changes while it's present and then disintegrates, then the 'unfabricated' must be anything that doesn't right? On the surface, it would seem so. But Wallis' guidance points us in a practical direction with this sutta, not a philosophical one. 

Hope to see you Thursday night.

Monday, 13 May 2019

This week @ Beaches Sangha: Sutta #13

It's Beaches Sangha week this week, and we are up to sutta#13 titled: Signs of the Fabricated. It's short but profound, so we'll spend most of the session discussing it and integrating it into life.

Hope to see you there.

Sunday, 5 May 2019

Beaches Sangha meeting is on 16 May

Hi all.

Just a quick note in case you were planning on coming to Sangha this week. We have changed the date for May to the 16th. Hope to see you there Thursday week.


Monday, 15 April 2019

This week @ Beaches Sangha

This week @ Beaches Sangha we are looking at sutta #12, titled 'Quenched". We are now in the section of the book looking at the destination for all this practice. How is life different when we engage in it this way?

As always, if you can have read the sutta and corresponding notes (in the second half of the book), we'll all get the most out of the session. And as you ponder it, perhaps prepare your answer to our regular debrief questions to start the session:

1) What is the text about? If you had to say in one word or phrase, what would it be?

2) With what major theme/s is it concerned?

Hope to see you Thursday.

Friday, 12 April 2019

A rare opportunity this December

Hi all.

This is a special post to let you know about an opportunity to attend a retreat led by Gregory Kramer at the end of the year. I've mentioned Greg many times at Beaches Sangha as the leader of the first retreat I ever did, but more importantly, as the creator and teacher of Insight Dialogue. 

ID is a method of bringing conversation with others under the umbrella of dharma practice. The method is profound and Gregory is an excellent teacher. It's only a 4 day retreat, and will be held on the Central Coast, so logistically isn't too difficult. 

Greg comes to Australia rarely these days, so if you're interested, I'd suggest putting a deposit down on a place sooner rather than later.

Click here for more information.

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

This week @ Beaches - sutta #11

Hi all.

Wow! Three weeks in a row! We've had a couple of great sessions in the past couple of weeks, and because of my travels (I have World Masters Athletics Indoor Championships in Poland later this month), we have brought our regular sutta study forward a couple of weeks. April and May are also likely to be brought forward due to my competition schedule - I'll update you on that soon.

So this is just a quick note to remind all intending sutta studiers that this week at Beaches Sangha we are exploring sutta#11 of Basic Teachings of the Buddha, titled "Destination". As always, best if you can have read the sutta and accompanying notes in the second half of the book, and have your answers to the debrief questions at the ready (see post from two weeks back).

Hope to see y'all there!

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

This week @ Beaches - One Page Dharma

Hi all.

Sorry for the late reminder (I'm out of the habit of weekly posts!!), but this Thursday night (7 March) we have our special session at Beaches Sangha called One Page Dharma. This is where I attempt to summarise the core teachings of the Buddha in one session. I have a one paged handout that I give to everyone, hence the name of the talk.

For those who are newer to the dharma, this is a great way to get a sense of the overall architecture of the teachings, so that you can orient yourself with new things that you read or hear. For those who've been around the dharma traps for a while, repetition is an important part of learning, so there's value for you too. All questions and confusions are welcome, no matter how basic!

Hope to see you there.