Each year we aim to offer a variety of arts and special interest events to include the whole community.
Buddhist Action Month (BAM!) was initiated by the Network of Buddhist Organisations (NBO) (www.nbo.org.uk) to inspire and support social change and care for the environment. In 2015 Triratna Buddhist Centres across Europe got involved and in the years that followed BAM was represented by actions and activities across Britain, in Europe, Australia and North America.
“For the month of June, BAM encourages Buddhists of all traditions to take their practice off the cushion and into the world, to exemplify compassion, ethics, meditation, and insight in the real world and in contact with others. BAM invites us to make more conscious the connections between our ethical commitment as Buddhists and the needs of other beings – human and otherwise, our society and our environment; and it offers us the opportunity to explicitly explore and discuss the ethical issues facing Buddhists in the 21st century.” (NBO-website)
Saturday June 22, 10am to 4pm
If an approach to practice is not working for you, do you just carry on doggedly hoping that it will somehow improve? It’s not very likely that this will work!
This is as true of dhyana or absorption practice as any other area. So, on this Day Retreat I’ll be suggesting approaches people have found to be helpful and effective in opening to dhyana through exploring body, breath and awareness. By exploring and uncovering the actual nature of our bodily experience, resources for entering dhyana can be discovered right here, already present – just waiting to be noticed.
Meditation experience is recommended.
Lunch is not provided but there are many restaurants, cafes and stores in the neighborhood.
Saturday July 20, 10am to 4pm
Mindfulness in an urban environment. How do we manage? What are the challenges?
Special guest Paramabodhi will lead us in meditation, reflection and discussion as we step back for a day from our usual routine to explore ways to respond with more kindness and care when we return.
Paramabodhi helped get the SFBC going back in the early 90's before going back to London to work on his art. He has remained a good friend to us and visits regularly to share his interest in Mindfulness practice and creativity.
Open to everyone, though some meditation experience will be useful.