We are thinking of setting up some meetings on Sunday mornings, for Dharma practice and lunch. This would probably involve people getting together at about 11 a.m. for some meditation and a recorded talk, and then having a bring-and-share lunch, which would not be held in silence.
The main idea behind the initiative is to give people the chance to get to know each other, as well as providing another opportunity for practice. It would also give people who can’t come to the Monday drop-in group another chance to practise with the Sangha. Families with children could come to the lunch part, even if they couldn’t join in with the meditation. Although it would be mainly a `peer-facilitated’ group, we could occasionally invite teachers, or those in training to teach, instead of listening to a recorded talk.
We envisage that meetings would take place about once a month. Depending on the interest, we would need to identify a suitable venue.
At this early stage, without knowing the level of interest, we thought it would be helpful if a small core group got together to `test it out’ themselves, by meeting occasionally in one of their members’ houses. If there is a lot of interest, at some point we would need to identify a larger venue.
Are you interested in helping take this forward?
If so, please send your e-mail address to Isabel Tucker at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or come along to the Monday drop-in meeting at the Friends Meeting House in St Giles on 10 July (7.15pm to 8.45pm, doors open at 7pm), when there’ll be the opportunity to talk about this with interested others.
In case you haven’t heard, Saturday 3 June is Earth Care Day, and June is also Buddhist Action Month with the theme `Connecting for Change’?
Many people around the world will be coming together in various ways to express and celebrate our care for the earth and all its life forms. If you would like to be a part of this, there is an opportunity in Oxford to meet on 3 June, between 10.15 and 12.30, for a contemplative litter pick on an area of land not far from the train station. The morning is being organised and facilitated by Ally Stott, for many years one of the Oxford Gaia House day retreat co-ordinators.
Ally writes: `The intention is simple, to pay attention to our experience as we gather together (a little like the wombles with a contemplative twist!). Let’s be curious about our embodied experience of being here as a diverse unity of existence. We will have some time for silence and some time for sharing.’
If you would like to be part of this gathering email Ally at Allysoilandsoul@gmail.com.
Humanity in Action: Supporting a Safe Haven with Help Refugees; Calais, France
15 – 18 August, 2017
“Refugees are going to continue to come, and the only question is what we are going to do to help them.”
– Davan Yahya Khalil
An opportunity to embody our humane response to crisis, and take the chance to care for others.
To embrace our shared humanity and see the person beyond the label ‘refugee’.
To open to this painful reality and make a difference by helping create a safe haven for those who have seen the worst of humanity.
A unique opportunity has arisen to combine meditation, inquiry and reflection with working together outdoors in this Midsummer Work Retreat at the ecological flagship of Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in Powys, Wales.
Freely Given Retreats has a new programme of retreats for 2017. This is an organisation run solely by volunteers, for whom Kirsten Kratz is the guiding teacher. There is no charge for these retreats. They are run on the basis of ‘dana’, an economy rooted in generosity and giving. The tradition of dana in Buddhism is an acknowledgement of our interconnectedness and interdependence.
The latest newsletter from Gaia House in Devon is now available, featuring several lively articles, information about retreats, book reviews, and perspectives on practice. Click here or on the link below.
Ajahn Brahm is one of the most senior western disciples of Ajahn Chah and is a highly respected teacher, with a large following in Australia and South East Asia.
It’s very rare for Ajahn Brahm to visit and teach in the UK and this is a wonderful opportunity to hear him in person. In the attached flyer and on the website you can find full details of all the events being held in London, Cambridge and Brighton.
Ajahn Brahm parted from the Thai Forest Tradition because of his support for Bhikkhuni ordination. The events are fund raisers to help establish a Bhikkhuni community in the UK. All at OGH are warmly welcome to support this most under-represented branch of the fourfold sangha.
Please let us know by phoning 0781 724 8040 before 9pm. Recent day retreats have been fully booked, sometimes with a waiting list in operation.
We recognise that last-minute emergencies or illness may make cancelling your place impossible, but please do get in touch if you know you can’t come, even if it’s just the day before – we may still be able to offer your place to someone else. And grateful thanks also to all those of you who do let us know!