A few sangha members from Sheffield start up a new Buddhist run business in the city; a vegetarian cafe called Dāna. Clear Vision spends a day with them hard at work and we hear about the setting up of the project.
The weekend of October 20-22, ten of us came together for an inaugural retreat at Blue Sky Refuge, a new retreat center in Stockton, NJ that has been started by NYC Sangha members Padmadharini and Elaine Smith.
The retreat started with Vajramati leading a dedication ceremony of the new shrine. We considered the lessons of the Madhupindika Sutta, also known as the Honey Ball Sutta. Our focus was on papancha, or the seemingly endless mental proliferation that can result when faced with significant life challenges. We also dedicated the retreat center with a wonderful five Buddha mandala ceremony created by Ananta. We wandered through the woods at night to make offerings at unique shrines set up at the four compass points on the property, and in the centre, the shrine room. We wish Padhmadharini and Elaine the best of luck in their new endeavor.
Today on Triratna News:
1) A statement against Buddhist violence against the mostly Muslim Rohingya people in Burma/Myanmar, signed individually and personally by senior members of the Triratna Buddhist Order including Sangharakshita.
2) Vishvapani’s broadcast this morning on BBC Radio Four’s Thought for the Day: ‘Burmese atrocities: the problem with a Buddhist state”. (Text and audio)
We first published a statement on this topic in 2015. In view of the even worse violence and dispossession now being suffered by the Rohingya people, its signatories have reissued the same statement, affirming now, more than ever, the Buddhist values of non-violence and loving kindness.
The Worldly Winds: Being with Uncertainty
Join us for a practice weekend that will explore the Worldly Winds and a deepening exploration of uncertainty and instability.
As dh.Vishvapani notes:
“Everything that happens to us is impermanent. Things always change. However hard we work to establish favourable conditions, many things in our lives are entirely beyond our control and they change all the time in ways we cannot possibly predict or influence. That’s why our lives can never be perfect.”
(The Worldly Winds and Wisdom, Posted by Vishvapani on Mon, 10 October, 2011, The Buddhist Centre).
We will have periods of meditation in addition to supported body postures. Please wear loose, comfortable cloths.
Lunch will be served.
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Lead by Alyssa
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Matthieu Ricard’s ‘A Plea For The Animals’ Is A Must Read:
A Wonderful Celebration Of World Animal Day 2016
A celebration of World Animal Day 2016: “It is too late to be pessimistic”
Animals are “in.” There is incredible global interest in the cognitive, emotional, and moral lives of animals and in how we choose to interact with them in a wide variety of venues.
When I previously read the manuscript for Matthieu Ricard’s latest book called ‘A Plea for the Animals: The Moral, Philosophical, and Evolutionary Imperative to Treat All Beings with Compassion’ I simply couldn’t put it down (please see Note 1 for a brief biographical sketch). And, now that I have the published book in hand, I still can’t put it down. When I have time I can’t wait to pick it up again.
‘A plea for the Animals’ is a gem. Ever single page has many words of wisdom and the overall message is one of unfettered optimism. It is a wonderful way to celebrate World Animal Day 2016.
“Every cow just wants to be happy. Every chicken just wants to be free. Every bear, dog, or mouse experiences sorrow and feels pain as intensely as any of us humans do.”
The description for ‘A Plea for the Animals’ reads:
A powerful and wide-ranging indictment of the treatment of animals by humans ― and an eloquent plea for animal rights.
Every cow just wants to be happy. Every chicken just wants to be free. Every bear, dog, or mouse experiences sorrow and feels pain as intensely as any of us humans do. In a compelling appeal to reason and human kindness, Matthieu Ricard here takes the arguments from his best-sellers Altruism and Happiness to their logical conclusion: that compassion toward all beings, including our fellow animals, is a moral obligation and the direction toward which any enlightened society must aspire. He chronicles the appalling sufferings of the animals we eat, wear, and use for adornment or “entertainment,” and submits every traditional justification for their exploitation to scientific evidence and moral scrutiny. What arises is an unambiguous and powerful ethical imperative for treating all of the animals with whom we share this planet with respect and compassion.
Read more in the Huffingtonpost
Updated, 8:00 a.m.
Good morning on this flawless Friday.
As subways become increasingly overcrowded and delayed, we’re guessing that your daily commute is becoming a more stressful affair.
Well, dear reader, we wish you a peaceful and pleasurable trip to work this morning however you’re arriving, and here’s something that might help you achieve that: meditation.
Full article New York Times
Depression is the leading cause of disability in the world; in the United States, close to ten percent of adults struggle with the disease. But because it’s a mental illness, it can be a lot harder to understand than, say, high cholesterol. Helen M. Farrell examines the symptoms and treatments of depression, and gives some tips for how you might help a friend who is suffering.
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Meanwhile in the UK
“Danceitation is borderline revolutionary. It is a rebuke to anyone who thinks dancing is synonymous with tequila, or that meditation means incense and harem pants.”
– Indigo Memoirs, London
“Better than a year of psychoanalysis, a bottle of prozac and a flask of whiskey!”
– N, New York