Thursday, 16 January 2020

Radical Compassion Challenge

Hi all.

It's another couple of weeks until our first meeting for the year. In the meantime I thought some of you might be interested in this free course being run by Sounds True. 

It's called the Radical Compassion Challenge and is hosted by Tara Brach who is a popular American teacher.

You can sign up here if you're interested.

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Sangha celebration this Thursday!

Hi all.

This week is our sangha review and celebration. We'll do a shorter meditation than normal, then have a chat about next year, and then eat, drink and be merry. The rave party may or may not emerge :)

Anyone who's come along at all this year is very welcome to join us. If you do, please bring some food to share and something to drink. We're going to see if we can go all vegan this year in line with the principle of non-harm. But if vegan is too much of a stretch, then at least veggo please.

Looking forward to seeing you all!

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.