Hi all - here are some photos of a fabulous day of meditation and reflection in beautiful weather and company at the Shieldsman. Thanks to Padmacandra for leading the day and to Carolyn for a wonderful venue and leading the body scan. Thanks to everyone who came along and gave their effort and appreciation in the way of the Dharma.
Tomorrow, 1st May is a practice night. So, meditation, more meditation and more meditation and a short puja at the end. If anyone has a reading that is inspiring them and would like to read out do bring it along. Hope to see you there. Vimokshaja
"Speech can be truly meaningful only when life is meaningful, and life can be meaningful only when we have a definite purpose and a definite goal. For a Buddhist, this goal is Enlightenment, which means that for a Buddhist meaningful speech is speech about the Dharma, for it is the Dharma that is the means to Enlightenment. Indeed, it is not so much that the Dharma is the means to Enlightenment, in its own right as it were, as that `the Dharma' is the collective designation for all those doctrines and methods, insights and observances, that actually help us to move in the direction of the Transcendental". This is a quote from Sangharakshita's classic book on the precepts The Ten Pillars of Buddhism. This Thursday we will be going deeper into the aspect of Speech and Communication, and how it connects with embodiment and authenticity. As always: ALL ARE WELCOME, beginners and regulars alike.
See below for more details of location of houseboat for day retreat.
The third limb of the Path to liberation brings us to the realm of speech. Buddhism sees the entirety of human experience being contained in body, speech and mind. Why is speech important; can we ever be truthful; is lying ok; what effect does our speech have on ourselves and others? These are some of the questions we may talk about this Thursday.
I look forward to seeing you there.
NB: all are welcome whether new to meditation or to Buddhist ideas.
Triratna Worthing and West Sussex is part of the Worldwide Triratna Buddhist Community, which seeks to offer open and accessible doorways to anyone who wishes to enter the Path to Enlightenment as taught by the Buddha..