As many of you know, Gaia House launched a Building Appeal last year, and in March this year Chris Cullen generously invited those attending his day retreat in Oxford to give dana to the Appeal, instead of to him.
According to the United Nations, there are currently 22.5 million refugees worldwide. 22.5 million human beings who have fled their homes in the face of war, persecution and the devastating effects of global climate change.
As a response to this complex and painful situation SanghaSeva is offering the Humanity in Action retreat for the second time. We will be bringing our meditation practice into action by working alongside grassroots organisations supporting refugees in Calais, France. In turn we will support each other as we open ourselves to engage directly with the refugee crisis, fulfilling our hearts natural wish to respond with humanity when confronted with that which seems so inhumane.
18 – 24 May, 2018
18 – 21 May; meditation in action retreat facilitated by SanghaSeva co-founder Nathan Glyde
21 – 24 May; peer led Sangha volunteer period
A unique opportunity has arisen to combine meditation, inquiry and reflection with working together outdoors in this Spring Work Retreat at the ecological flagship of Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in Powys, Wales. The retreat is open to all, those new to meditation as well as those with experience.
Sunday 13th January -St Margaret’s Institute 30 Polstead Rd, Oxford OX2 6TN
Sunday 10th February – Florence Park Community Centre, Cornwallis Road, Oxford OX4 3NH
Sunday 10th March – Florence Park Community Centre
Sunday 14th April – Florence Park Community Centre
Sunday 19th May – St Margaret’s Institute
Sunday 16th June – St Margaret’s Institute
Sunday 14th July – St Margaret’s Institute
Sunday 8th September – Florence Park Community Centre
Sunday 6th October – Florence Park Community Centre
Sunday 3rd November – Florence Park Community Centre
Sunday 8th Dec – Florence Park Community Centre
It would be helpful if you could arrive between 11am and 11.15am. If you arrive before that, you can wait in the lobby or outside.
Entrance fee: £5 (£3 concessions)
Sangha is the Pali word for community. These meetings will be an opportunity to practise together, to discuss the teachings of the Buddha, to share food and to get to know each other. Please bring vegetarian food to share. Family members, including children, are welcome to join us, either for the whole session or for the lunch only. The sessions will be suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators.
The meetings will consist of a practice session usually comprising meditation, a recorded talk and a discussion. Lunch will start at 1pm.
The practice session will begin at 11.15. If you arrive after the meditation has started, we ask you to sit on one of the chairs at the back of the room, to avoid disturbing the meditation. You can come forward when it’s finished.
At 12.50, partners and children can come into the hall and join us for lunch.
Most of these meetings will be peer-led and will make use of recorded talks given by experienced Dharma teachers.
From January, we expect to be trying out a few different venues, until we find one that really suits us. Keep looking at this site for further information.
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.