The evening was beautifully hosted by Vimokshaja and began with a metta bhavana practice. A small ritual took place at the end of the evening in which the Amitabha mantra was chanted (om amideva hrih). To mark their individual connection with the Path shown by the Buddha and with the sangha the new steering group and then others in the sangha came up and lit candles at the shrine (from your greater lamp a lesser lamp we light) beneath the kindly gaze of the Buddha and Sangharakshita, .
NEWS FLASH! NEXT WEEK - we begin our new series on what the Buddha taught to his first disciples - the Noble Eightfold Path. Ruchiraketu - whom many know as our occasional much appreciated guest speaker will be coming to launch the series by introducing the eightfold path.