Monday, 20 November 2017

This week @ Beaches Sangha: Jampa discussing emotions

Hi all.

This week at Beaches, Jampa will facilitate a discussion on emotions: what are they, how are we to judge between those that are positive and those that are negative, and should we even make such judgements? 

Also, please let us know, either on Thursday night, or by using the Contact Form on the right, if you can come to our Sangha Party at our last meeting for the year on the 14th of December. If so, please tell us if you'll bring sweets or savouries to share.

Hope to see you on Thursday night.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

This week @ Beaches - special guest Victor von der Heyde

Hi all.

This week we have the pleasure of Victor von der Heyde's company at Beaches. Victor is a regular, although not frequent, speaker at Beaches, (he lives between Brisbane and Sydney). Victor will be giving a talk about going on long retreats. For me, a week is the longest I've ever done, so I'm intrigued to hear about what it's like on longer ones.

I hope you can join us.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Sangha update & end of year party

Hi all. With the end of the year fast approaching, we've got a couple of things to update you on...

Sangha plans
Us SOGgies (Sangha Organising Group) met last week and came up with a format for next year's meetings. We're going to have a regular monthly schedule with a different focus each week of the month:

WEEK 1: sutta study
With a secular approach to the dharma it's important to understand the core teachings of the Buddha, from the most original source available - the Pali Canon. Next year we're going to have one session a month focused on this. We'll use the book by Glenn Wallis called 'The Basic Teachings of the Buddha' which walks through 12 suttas that the author sees as central to the dharma. If you'd like to take part, it'd be a good idea to get yourself a copy soon. (P.S. The first sutta in the book can seem rather a strange one....don't let that turn you off, we'll explain it, and the others are less weird.)

WEEK 2: speaker night
Talks by people from outside of our sangha.

WEEK3: open discussion
We've had lots of this during the colder months this year and the discussions have been thought provoking, connecting and in some cases very helpful for people. The idea is that we discuss issues that are alive in people's lives, and what the dharma can contribute to the way we see and deal with them.

WEEK4: wild card night
We've got a bunch of topics and activities that we'd like to do that have no particular theme. We'd also love to hear any ideas you have. Feel free to use the contact form on the right here - or better still, come and tell us on Thursday night!). Our ideas include podcasts, poetry night, trying different types of meditation, book reports, beginner's nights, a noble silence 'taster', and more.

We've also got some good ideas for a few activities outside of our regular meetings. More on that soon.

End of year party

Thursday 14th December will be our last meeting for the year. As is our long standing tradition, at our last meeting we have a shorter meditation (15 mins) and a celebration. We all bring some food and drink to share and we get to enjoy each other's company before we head off for the end of year break. Can you please let us know, either in person, or using the contact form to the right, whether you'll bring sweet or savoury food to share.

Sangha will resume on Thursday 11th January. 

This week @ Sangha
This week we'll be listening to a podcast by Stephen Batchelor and discussing it. I hope you can join us.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Sangha update

Hi all.

After having a pretty loose schedule at Sangha over the cooler months, we had a really good meeting last week to do some thinking and planning. We've got some great ideas for structuring our program for next year and are meeting again in a couple of weeks to flesh it out. More to come soon.

In the meantime, our meetings are continuing as usual on Thursday nights. Hope to see you there.


Wednesday, 11 October 2017

No sangha this week

Hi guys.

Just a quick note to let you know there'll be no sangha session this week. A small group of the regular sangha members are using this week's session to do some reflection and planning for the future. Normal sangha sessions will resume next week.

Hope to see you then.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Next week, Sept 21, Sabina will be doing a talk called 'Awakening Joy':

“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day” Henri J.M. Nouwen
 An overview of the qualities of heart and mind that enhance the experience of joy in life and work. How do we cultivate a glad heart? How do we make the mind a fertile ground for the nourishing offerings of life? Let's come together for an evening of conversation about awakening joy in our lives.
See you then. 

Sunday, 3 September 2017

This Thursday, September 7th, Merran Dawson will be giving a talk with an intriguing title:
"Unwrapping Ungratefulness: The Invisible Act of Grace that Nurtures Us. Thoughts from a Student of Zen."
I hope to see you there.