Friday, 19 October 2018

A change to the Beaches program - sutta study again next week

Hi all.

I've made a tweak to the program for next week because I don't want to get too far behind with our sutta study. Sutta study schedule for the first week of Nov, but I'm now going to be away that day, so rather than cancel it, I'm bringing it forward to next week.

If our sutta studiers could please read the sutta "Evidence of Selflessness" and the corresponding notes chapter, ready for this coming Thursday, that'd be stirling. (Thought I'd post this early so that you've got plenty of notice for your reading time.)

Hope to see you there!

Monday, 15 October 2018

This week @ Beaches Sangha - practical dharma

Hi all. 

This week @ Beaches Sangha
This week we have our monthly Open Discussion. We like to focus frequently on how the dharma can be useful to us in practical, day to day life, so that it benefits us, and doesn't just become an intellectual exercise. 

What are we struggling with? Where do we find ourselves getting reactive? In what ways are we pushing away or resisting being with our lives just as they are, in all of their shades of joy, or pain, or maybe boredom? And how can the dharma help in dealing with the ups and downs of life? 

These discussions are always engaging, and I really enjoy the way they unfold as a unique creation of the people who come. It's also nourishing to share a bit of our own adventure with our fellow travelers. I hope you can make it.

Living and Dying workshop
Subhana Barzaghi, who led a session at Beaches Sangha in August, is running a two day workshop called Living and Dying at the Sydney Zen Centre. If loss of a loved being is something that's relevant for you at the moment, or you have found meditation on death beneficial (as I do) you might find this a good way to spend a weekend. Click here for more info.


Monday, 8 October 2018

This week @ Beaches - sutta study

Hi everyone. 

This week we resume our sutta study sessions with sutta #6 called "Like a Ball of Foam". It's a relatively short sutta (2.5 pages), and the corresponding chapter in the "Guide to Reading the Texts" is also fairly brief. If our sutta studiers can have read both by Thursday night that'd be great. And just to remind you, the questions we start with each time are:

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 or themes is it concerned?
3) With which of the following dimensions is it concerned: doctrinal, ethical, experiential, mythological, ritual, liturgial, social, institutional?

If any of the newies would like to join in, please do! You'll need to get your hands on a copy of the book called "The Basic Teachings of the Buddha" by Glenn Wallis. If you haven't got it yet, still feel free to come along as we discuss what it is about and these discussions are always interesting and educative.

And just for fun, here's a little taster of what we'll do next year. Thanks to those of you who contributed a little extra to the Sangha basket a couple of months ago to support the production of this workbook. When we finish our current book of suttas (next year), we'll move on to this one which is a workbook to accompany Stephen Batchelor's latest book: After Buddhism. 

Hope to see you Thursday!

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Our topic for Thursday

....just following up from yesterday's post....the topic of Gawaine's talk will be:

"Does the dharma turn the world upside down?"

Come and help us figure it out.

See you Thursday.

Monday, 1 October 2018

Beaches Sangha is back - see you Thursday!!!

Hi all.

Our winter break is over, I'm back from Europe, and Beaches Sangha sessions resume this week! Gawaine Powell-Davies is coming to give us a talk on I'm not quite sure what yet, but his talks are always enjoyable and thought provoking, so I hope you can come along.

Next week we resume sutta study, so if all you sutta studiers can read and ponder on Sutta #6: "Like a Ball of Foam" by then, that'd be great.

Looking forward to seeing everybody!!!