Sunday 21 January 2024

Sangha info for 2024

 Hi all. 

Well, Beaches Sangha has just had it's 15th anniversary!!!! And in my view it just keeps getting better. 😉

I've just updated the basic information on our meetings for this year. We're continuing with the first and third Thursday nights of the month from 7-9.30ish (pm). And we're also continuing using The Buddha for Modern Minds as our 'dharma study' book but as we do, using that as a springboard for practical discussions as they arise.

Looking forward to seeing you all, and welcoming any newcomers, for yet another year.

Happy 2024!

Friday 15 October 2021

Beaches Sangha update

Beaches Sangha will be resuming in-person meetings for fully vaccinated participants on Thursday Nov 4 November 2021. Because numbers are limited due to COVID restrictions, please contact us if you're new and would like to join in.

Monday 31 May 2021

Beaches Sangha thriving + interview with Winton Higgins


Hi all. It's been a while since I posted on here, largely because the active members of Beaches Sangha now communicate through Whatsapp. However I'm posting for a few reasons....

First, to let you know about an interview I did lastnight with Winton Higgins for his new book above. The event was hosted by Sydney Insight Meditators and was a great success. You can find a link to it on the Secular Buddhism Australia website or Facebook Page. If you're interested in such things, I'd recommend subscribing to one or both of these as I hope to post on there a little more in the near future.

Secondly, I want to make sure you know that Beaches Sangha is both alive and flourishing, and new members are still very welcome. While we've got a core group of committed members who attend each month and participate in our ongoing sutta study sessions, our doors are still very much open to new people, or visiting members from other sanghas. Someone asked me about this the other day so I thought I'd make sure it's clear.

Warm regards

Saturday 16 January 2021

2021 Schedule available

Just a quick note to let you know that the meeting schedule for 2021 study group meetings has been updated and posted under the What's On page of the web site. See you soon!

Monday 4 May 2020

Online Dharma Course with Gregory Kramer

Hi all.

I want to let you know of an upcoming online dharma course being run by Gregory Kramer. 

Greg is most well known for creating the practice of Insight Dialogue (treating dialogue as meditation), however he is also a fabulous dharma teacher. He's about to release his next book about treating your whole life as the dharma path and this 10 week online course is based on that. It will look at each "fold" in the Eightfold Path and what that means in practice especially in these strange times.

I highly recommend Gregory to you. If this course is of interest, don't miss it! For more info, click here.

....and for members of Beaches Sangha, a reminder that this Thursday we are discussing Chapter 2 of Stephen Batchelor's book 'After Buddhism" (titled "Mahanama the Convert"), along with Session 3 in the corresponding workbook.

Warm regards

Thursday 26 March 2020

Next week's meeting - virtual and spontaneously off-piste

Hi all.

With community centres all closed at the moment, we'll be having our April meeting in the cloud via Zoom.

We're also going to take a detour from our normal program (working through Stephen Batchelor's book, see What's On), and instead, discuss this article by Winton Higgins called "Dharmic Existentialist Ethics in a Time of Pandemic". 

With the weirdness of the world at the moment we thought this would be a valuable opportunity to infuse our experience and perceptions with a bit of dharma, and help us process what's going on.

This will be our first virtual meeting, and because it's a discussion rather than a talk, we will limit the number of participants. If you're not a regular member of Beaches Sangha and would like to participate, please contact Kristin on the email address at the bottom of this page to let her know, and we'll be in touch early next week.

Warm regards

Friday 21 February 2020

Early you can read!

Hi all.

Here's a slightly early reminder of our next session on Thursday week, 5th March. I'm posting this early to remind you that some reading is required....specifically, Chapter 1 of Batchelor's book, (also titled "After Buddhism") and Session 2 of the workbook. 

It's a great idea to read it a bit before we meet so that you can ponder on the questions at the end of the Session in the workbook.

Look forward to seeing you on Thursday week.