Thursday 12 October 2017, 16:30 – 18:00
The Meeting House, Oxford Quaker Meeting
43 Saint Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LW
The event is free but registration is required, click here to register.
We live in a world where many people who try mindfulness training for the first time do so via an app. This rapid evolution of meditation into a primarily digital and primarily commercial experience is changing how we as a culture understand and practice mindfulness.
In this free talk, leading mindfulness entrepreneur and long-time insight meditation practitioner Rohan Gunatillake will share his vision of the opportunities and challenges the mindfulness world faces in the next five years with respect to its relationship with technology:
How are technology and digital culture changing mindfulness?
What can the mindfulness community do to impact the technology industry in return?
Why is so much of the mindfulness community ignorant of or in denial about technology?
Is mindfulness as we know it in threat of extinction?
Rohan will explore these questions in what will likely be a fascinating and provocative talk.
Rohan Gunatillake is best known as the creator of the best-selling meditation app buddhify. Through his company Mindfulness Everywhere and its products, Rohan is an advocate of what he calls urban or mobile meditation – using everything around us as the basis for mindfulness practice. Having worked in technology and innovation for over thirteen years for the likes of the Edinburgh Festivals and Accenture he has also studied meditation for the same amount of time, and now combines his experience to design fresh ways to practise and understand mindfulness in a digital culture. Rohan is the author of Modern Mindfulness, a current trustee of the British Council and in 2012 was named by Wired magazine in their Smart List of 50 people who will change the world.
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, when we can socialise together over lunch.
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 email@example.com
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.