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Special Events

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Saturday 17th Apr 2021, 10:00 - 16:00 BST / UK Time

Online Day With Venerable Canda, for Bodhi Tree Brighton: "Patience & Forgiveness" 

 

Patience and forgiveness are two powerful spiritual qualities praised by the Buddha. They are indespensible to having healthy relationships with ourselves and with others, and also function as beautiful antidotes to wanting and aversion - the main hindrances to happiness in meditation and in everyday life.

 

Patience does not mean waiting for a better, more pleasant experience to arrive in the future, but is rather a wholehearted, radical acceptance of the present moment with all it's imperfections. When we are searching for our happiness in the future, or carrying the pain of the past, we are separated from the beauty, freedom and joy available here and now.

 

This retreat will explore how we can develop patience and forgiveness, to gently release longing and resentment and arrive more fully where we are. As we learn to wait in the moment, with a kind, gentle and forgiving attitude, the mind settles and starts moving inward - against the current of craving - to where contentment, peace and deep insight lie.

 

The day will include Dhamma reflections, guided and walking meditation and an opportunity for Q&A.

This retreat is organised by Bodhi Tree Brighton. Please contact the organiser for any queries you may have.

 

MORE DETAILS & REGISTRATION HERE

 

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Sunday 9th May 2021, 10:00 - 17:00 BST / UK Time

Online Day Retreat With Ven Canda, for London Insight: "Beautifying The Mind"

 

Do you sometimes find meditation difficult or frustrating – and simply trying harder doesn’t work? Fortunately, the Buddha knew that because the mind is conditioned, it can be trained. There is nothing wrong with you; most often, obstacles arise because we haven’t put enough preparation in place.

This retreat will explore wise ways of using thought and perception in daily life to beautify and uplift the heart with qualities like gratitude, patience, forgiveness and peace. We will also draw out the often overlooked aspect of mindfulness as “Gatekeeper” and discuss how we might employ it in meditation to keep friends at home and intruders out.

 

As confidence grows in our ability to incline towards wholesome states, the Noble Eightfold Path may start to appear like a super highway to unconditional happiness, that is applicable and beneficial to every aspect of our life.

 

The day will be gentle and include periods of sitting and walking meditation, Dhamma reflections and an opportunity for Q&A..

This retreat is organised by London Insight. Please contact the organiser for any queries you may have.

 

MORE DETAILS & REGISTRATION HERE

 

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Sunday 16th - Sunday 23rd May 2021 BST / UK Time

Special Eight Day Online Meditation Retreat with Ajahn Brahmali & Ven Canda! 

 

"Why We Suffer & How We Get Free"

(N.B. This retreat was previously called "Why? Suffering & It's End," but is exactly the same retreat!)"

 

 

Everything is conditioned ~ thus spoke the Buddha!

 

In this 8-day retreat we will be looking at two of the Buddha's famous causal sequences: dependent origination and dependent liberation, with the main focus on the latter. Together they reveal the entire course of the human experience through and beyond this world, to nibbana.

 

Whilst dependent origination details why and how suffering arises, dependent liberation shows how, by coming in contact with and developing confidence in the Buddha's teachings, that same suffering can take a completely different direction and lead us step by step towards freedom. Dependent liberation (sometimes called "transcendental dependent origination") is therefore a supremely uplifting teaching that shows how the Path is to be experienced as a sequence of ever deepening joy and peace, ending in the highest liberation.

 

How do we get this sequence going? And how do we sustain it to the very end? Through their offering of Dhamma reflections, guided meditations and Q&A sessions, Ajahn Brahmali and Venerable Canda will gently guide us in exploring and implementing the supporting conditions for our greatest happiness. Follow the instructions in their fullness and awakening is guaranteed!

 

 

Full time attendance is necessary for this retreat.

Regular Teachings

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New! Friday Evening Sutta Discussion Group

 

Every Friday 19:15 - 20:30 BST UK Time ~ via Zoom

 

This ongoing class is suitable for beginners to sutta study as well as those familiar with the teachings of the Buddha found in the Early Buddhist texts (Sutta Pitaka). Together, we will go through Bhikkhu Bodhi's anthology of the Buddha's teachings on "Social & Communal Harmony," in a way that allows for discussion and close examination of how they can inform, inspire and deepen our practice in daily life and meditation. Whilst this is a great opportunity to gain a comprehensive overview of the teachings as we approach the material systematically over time, each session will also work as a stand alone contemplation - so you are very welcome to drop in as you wish! If you do hope to attend regularly, we highly recommend getting a personal copy of the book; however, this is not essential.

 

About "The Buddha's Teachings On Social And Communal Harmony" by Bhikkhu Bodhi:

 

 

"In a world of conflict and strife, how can we be advocates of peace and justice?

 

In this volume acclaimed scholar-monk Bhikkhu Bodhi has collected and translated the Buddha's teachings on conflict resolution, interpersonal and social problem-solving, and the forging of harmonious relationships. The selections, all drawn from the Pali Canon, the earliest record of the Buddha's discourses, are organised into ten thematic chapters. The chapters deal with such topics as right understanding, the quelling of anger, good friendship, intentional communities, the settlement of disputes, and the establishing of an equitable society. Each chapter begins with a concise and informative introduction by the translator that guides us toward a deeper understanding of the texts that follow.

 

In times of social conflict, intolerance, and war, the Buddha's approach to creating and sustaining peace takes on a new and urgent significance. Even readers unacquainted with Buddhism will appreciate these ancient teachings, always clear, practical, undogmatic, and so contemporary in flavour. The Buddha's Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony will prove to be essential reading for anyone seeking to bring peace into their communities and into the wider world."

To find the link for this session please click here: archive newsletter

 

For technical information on how to join please click here: Joining Zoomi Bhikkhuni

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Pali Chanting & Blessings Group

Wednesdays: 5.30 pm - 6.00 pm BST (every Wednesday - except 19th May)

 

This group is for those interested in learning some Pali chanting, such as the Karaniya Metta Sutta and more. At the beginning of each session we will call the names of people who would appreciate a blessing, so please join and make your dedications known.

 

JOINING LINK: click here archive newsletter

 

For technical information on how to join please click here: Joining Zoomi Bhikkhuni

 

 

Click here Karaniya Metta Sutta for Text in English and Pali language.

 

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Guided Metta Meditation and Sharing Group

Every 2nd & 4th Saturday: 9 am - 10 am BST (via Zoom)

(no sessions on 22nd May).

 

What better way to start the weekend than expanding our heart with the powerful, sublime practice of loving kindness and a gentle check-in with friends? This group will help us bring the benefits of metta into our lives in a truly transformative way.

 

JOINING LINK: click here archive newsletter

 

For technical information on how to join please click here: Joining Zoomi Bhikkhuni

 

 

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Delving Deeply Into Dhamma

Every 1st & 3rd Sunday: 7.30 pm - 9 pm BST (via Zoom)

 

(no session on 16th May)

 

These sessions will include a half hour guided meditation, followed by a themed Dhamma Talk and an opportunity for discussion and Q&A. This is a rare chance to receive personal guidance in your practice and tune in to the loving support of our wonderful community during the pandemic.

 

JOINING LINK: click here archive newsletter

 

For technical information on how to join please click here: Joining Zoomi Bhikkhuni

 

Our Residential Retreats are very popular and places will be fully booked within a day or two.

 

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