Monday, 21 May 2018

This week @ Beaches - Batchelor podcast


Hi all.

This week @ Beaches Sangha, we're going to do another podcast by Stephen Batchelor. This month it's one of my faves. You will have heard us talk about 'Mara' - the mythical figure who tried to knock the Buddha off the path for the whole of his life. Batchelor talks about this in reality as anything that causes us to feel stuck, or that binds up our ability to respond to life with creativity and kindness.

It's a cracker. I hope you'll join us.
LL

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

This week @ Beaches - use it or lose it



Hi all. Sorry for the late post this week.

This week @ Beaches we have our monthly Open Discussion. This is where we can discuss things we've covered in past sessions, ask questions, or explore how the dharma might help us approach the situations we face in our daily lives. Gotama's teachings were very practical - the four great tasks - and so it's important to spend some time focusing on using them.

The heaters will be on. The bikkie supply will be replenished. I hope to see you there.

LL

Monday, 7 May 2018

This week @ Beaches - a special guest


Hi all.

This week @ Beaches Sangha we have a special guest coming to give a talk, Michael Barnes. Michael is a bit of an out-of-the-box Minister in the Uniting Church who has a deep interest in the Buddha's teachings. His sessions are always thought provoking, eloquent and enjoyable. And he loves the questions and discussion that come from our group, so come along and join in.

And it's the week of Michaels....there are also some local Sunday evening 'Mindfulness drop-ins' in Mona Vale run by Michael Courtney (who's joined us for Sutta Study a few times recently) for anyone who's interested.

I hope you'll join us in making Michael Barnes welcome this Thursday night.

LL

Monday, 30 April 2018

This week @ Beaches - sutta study

Hi all.

This week @ Beaches Sangha we have sutta study and we are up to sutta #3 which is called "Threefold Knowledge". Three of the 16 suttas in the book are relatively long and this is one of them, so make sure you give yourself enough time to read and digest it before Thursday night. 

Also, something we notice each year is that as the weather gets cooler, the number of people who show up for sangha can sometimes go down. I do spend quite a few hours each month preparing for these sutta discussions, which I am very happy to do as long as it's something people value. I judge how much it's valued by how many people turn up. So even though it might be tempting to stay indoors as the nights get chillier, if you're keen on learning the basic teachings of the Buddha, your presence is important to keeping these sessions going. 

I hope to see you there.
LL

Monday, 23 April 2018

This week @ Beaches Sangha


Hi all.

This week @ Beaches Sangha we have our Wild Card night. April's activity is a podcast by Stephen Batchelor. Feel free to bring a yoga mat and blanket if you'd like to make yourself comfortable while we listen. As always, we'll have a discussion afterwards. I haven't yet decided which podcast we'll do - Stephen has so many good ones! That can be the surprise for those who join us.

Hope to see you there.
LL

Monday, 16 April 2018

This week @ Beaches


Hi all. This week at Beaches we're doing sutta study. It's sutta#2 called 'A Brief Talk to Malukya'. As always, it's most useful if you've read the sutta and the following notes about it, so that we can discuss and digest it together.

Hope to see you there.
LL

Sunday, 8 April 2018

This week @ Beaches + change to next week


Hi all.

This week @ Beaches
This week it's Speaker night and we have one of our old faves, Victor von der Heyde coming to give us a talk called 'Dealing with emotions and other mind states'. Victor is a long time dharma teacher and his talks are always thoughtful and thought provoking. I'll personally be on the Gold Coast this Thursday night cheering on our Commonwealth Games athletes, so please do venture out to the Peace Park to make him feel welcome in my absence.

Next week - change to schedule - sutta study
Last Thursday night the whole world seemed to be tired. The three of us (!!!) who turned up to sangha included! So we just meditated and then went home. The rest of you were so tired after the long weekend that you couldn't get yourselves there!! We know that many of you are keen on the sutta study sessions, so we decided to swap out next week's Open Discussion for last week's sutta study session. So if you'd like to participate, please make sure you've read sutta #2, and the notes that follow it for next week.

I hope you enjoy Victor's talk and ply him with some good questions and discussion.

LL