Tuesday, 15 October 2019

This month @ Beaches - Buddha Nature, Mara Nature

Hi all.

This month at Beaches Sangha we're going to have a discussion about Stephen Batchelor's talk: "Buddha Nature, Mara Nature".  I've often heard people talk about Buddha Nature as if it's some kind of "thing" inside of us, or our "true nature" that's just there waiting to be uncovered....almost like the Buddhist substitute for a soul. 

This is a mis-understanding. In fact "Buddha Nature" appears nowhere in the early texts and is arguably a significant mis-translation of the idea it did come from.

Batchelor's talk is an hour long and it's really rich, so you may want to listen more than once. So I thought I'd put up this post about it a bit earlier than normal so that you have plenty of time to listen and note down your thoughts, questions, and things to discuss.

Here's the link to listen or download it.

I hope to see you on Thursday 31st October for our last content session. 


P.S. We'll be having our end of year get together at the end of November.

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

This week @ Beaches - the last sutta for the year!

Hi all.

This week at Beaches Sangha we are looking at the last sutta in our book - the (Great) Satipatthana Sutta. Gotama referred to this one as the 'direct path to awakening' and it describes how to live as a Buddha. 

It's not as long as last month's sutta but it's still a good 15-20 min read including the notes at the back, so if you haven't read it yet....giddyup.

Hope to see you there!

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.