Wednesday, 22 June 2016

This week @ Beaches - facilitated discussion

Hi all. 

This week at Beaches Sangha we're having our quarterly facilitated discussion which Neil will run. Bring any questions, or things you're struggling with, or would simply like to discuss some more. Our group dialogue is often really valuable and interesting, so I hope you can come and participate.

Also, I migrate north as of this weekend, so it'd be helpful if someone was able to put their hand up to do the weekly blog post (this email) for the 6 weeks I'm away, as I often forget when I'm travelling or out of my home routines (like this week when I was in Hobart for the Dark MOFO Festival!). The posts are super easy to do, so just let me know at Sangha if you're happy to do it and I'll show you how.

Hope to see you then.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

This week @ Beaches - Winton Higgins

Hi all.

This Thursday night we have one of our faves returning - Winton Higgins. Most of you know Winton, but for those who don't, he used to be a regular teacher at Beaches Sangha, leading our monthly bout of Sutta Study. 

Winton will be giving a talk titled: The Dharma as a Culture of Awakening - Beyond Individual Solution'. I've been thinking a lot lately about our human need for connection and belonging, for community, and how much dukkha is generated when we live out of sync with that need. It sounds like Winton's talk might be relevant to this, so I can't wait to hear it.

I hope you can join us.

Monday, 6 June 2016

This week @ Beaches Sangha

Hi all.

We've had a bit of a last minute program change, (not that I believe anyone actually looks at the program??) and this week Sylvie is going to run a session called Mindful Seeing.

With our busy lives, and when under stress, we often cannot seethings as they are and our perception can lose its depth and even blind us from what is right before our eyes. To a certain extent, this is normal and part of our evolution. As Rick Hanson, neuropsychologist and author of the Buddha's Brain, says: "Before we can focus on what we'll have for lunch, we have to make sure that we're not going to be someone else's lunch". The good news is that our meditation practice can help us broaden our vision so we can see more deeply what surrounds us. 

This week, Sylvie will invite you to participate in a short research experiment followed by a "mindful seeing" exercise. So, come and see for yourself what we mean by mindful vision.

Also, for those interested, there is a Buddhism & Psychotherapy conference on in Sydney the weekend after next. Click here for more details.

I hope you can  make it on Thursday night.