Visit by H.H. Dalai Lama?
The H.H. Dalai Lama's Mind and Life Institute, see http://www.mindandlife-europe.org/who-we-are and http://www.mindandlife.org/publications/, has very recently proposed an important programme for the spring of 2015, hopefully to be held in Cambridge.
This would involve discussions between H.H. Dalai Lama and leading academics about the Science of Compassion, Applied Secular Ethics and other subjects.
Following H.H. Dalai Lama's successful visit to Cambridge last April for the Global Scholars Symposium, His Holiness wants to include in the discussions student and graduate representatives from around the UK.
The question is whether there is enough support here in Cambridge for this event to go ahead. Otherwise it will go to another major university.
The proposal has the support of the Master of Magdalene, Lord Rowan Williams, and some other members of the University.
A decision on whether this project will take place in Cambridge has to be taken in the very near future, and to gauge support an online survey has been sponsored by ELST at:-
The survey closes this coming Friday 18th October and only takes a few seconds to complete.
Just Sitting: Cambridge
Ellie and Peter Mennim are setting up a trial silent sitting group in Cambridge with no teaching, no ceremony, no dogma, no leader. Just sitting. In silence.
See link to the web site on our Meditation page
The new Monks Residence in Harston
See details at our Meditation page
A talk and meditation led by Ajahn Amaro, Abbot of Amaravati on Wednesday 13 November at 7pm.
This event is organised by the Cambridge University Buddhist Society and open to all, be they town or gown. It will be held in the McCrum Lecture Theatre, Corpus Christi College; tucked away on Bene’t Street and just hidden behind the Eagle Pub. It is through a door directly opposite Arcadia. There will be a signpost on the door.
Born in England in 1956, Ajahn Amaro has a degree in Psychology and Physiology. Spiritual searching led him to Thailand, where he went to Wat Pah Nanachat, a Forest Tradition monastery established for Western disciples of Thai meditation master Ajahn Chah, who ordained him as a bhikkhu in 1979. He returned to England and joined Ajahn Sumedho at the newly established Chithurst Monastery. In 1996 he established Abhayagiri Monastery in Redwood Valley, California, where he was co-abbot with Ajahn Pasanno. In the Autumn of 2010 he succeeded Ajahn Sumedho and became abbot of Amaravati.
Civara Dana Ceremony, Sunday 24 November at 10am, Netherhall School, Queen Ediths Way, Cambridge, CB1 8NN.
Civara Dana is a traditional ceremony to mark the end of the three month Rains Retreat (Vassa), during which robes and food are offered to the monks (there will be five or more monks from around the UK).
All are welcome, see Civara Dana Flyer
If you would like more information about this event, please email email@example.com
Last July, Dr Tashi Zangmo and Sister Wangmo, a nun from Bhutan, gave a talk (hosted by the Cambridge Buddhist Society) about the Buddhist Nuns of Bhutan. See our Programme page.
Following on from that talk an exhibition of photographs is being hosted by the Cambridge Buddhist Centre, 38 Newmarket Road, CB5 8DT.
ALL ARE WELCOME to the opening night and talks.
And also Women of Buddha press release_MH.pdf
WOMEN OF BUDDHA
Photographs of Nuns in Bhutan by Marie Venø Thesbjerg
Friday 29 November 7.30pm - Opening Night, when talks will be given by Marie Venø Thesbjerg and Ani Pema Deki (Selwyn College graduate and Buddhist Nun)
The exhibition will continue through to 31 January 2014 and will help raise awareness and funds for the Bhutan Nuns Foundation, which is the sole organisation in Bhutan helping nuns and nunneries in remote areas of the country.
Known dates for future Cambridge Meditation Retreats:
The Gaia House Cambridge group (see our Meditation page for description and contacts) now have a web page Gaia House Cambridge Day Retreats which lists and gives details of the Saturday retreats led by Gaia House teachers.
Christina Feldman is leading the next one with theme, 'Boundless Friendliness' on Saturday December 7th 2013 at the Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge.
Registration: 9:30am Start: 10am Finish: 5pm
Cost: £10 in advance*, £12 on the day (+ teacher Dana) [Concessions (students, unwaged, retired) £7]
* To book in advance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a booking form which has all the details required.
Christina Feldman is a co-founder of Gaia House. She has been leading Insight Meditation retreats worldwide since 1976. She is a Guiding Teacher of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. She is the author of a number of books including Woman Awake, Way of Meditation, and co-author of Soul Food.
Briefly, other future dates are:
Christina Feldman, 7th December 2013
Catherine McGee, 8th March 2014
Martine Batchelor, 3rd May 2014
Canonical Citations and Stephen Batchelor
Stephen Batchelor has compiled a document of Pali source texts which he used during his visit to us on 10th and 11th Sept 2010
His own web site is a comprehensive source of his work, including books etc. see Stephen's web site
The Eight Verses
Tenzin Dechen Rochard has kindly made available a copy of the "Eight Verses of Transforming the Mind".
These can be seen at: The Eight Verses * .
Visit of a group of Bhutanese Nuns to UK, 16th to 23rd July 2013
This includes a visit to Cambridge on 23rd July, see Programme page
Please note there is also a list of some National Events given at http://www.wisdom-books.com/Events.asp
"Vegetarian Vietnamese Cookery" (see front cover)
This book has been prepared over two years by the Cambridge Interbeing Sangha (see Meditation Groups page) , a meditation group that practices according to a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist tradition. All profits from the sales of this book will go to the Being Peace Practice Centre in Dorset, UK.
The Vegetarian Vietnamese Cookery book includes a wide variety of delicious recipes, from easy-to-prepare everyday dishes to more complicated dishes for special occasions. With a preface by Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen master and peace activist, it introduces the Vietnamese Buddhist approach to preparing and cooking food with awareness and joy.
Dr Thi Phung Ly of Cambridge, combines her nutritional knowledge as a medical doctor with the wisdom brought down to her through her mother and grandmother in Vietnam, in order to adapt these recipes for vegetarians and vegans with ingredients available in the UK. The book contains numerous colour photographs to illustrate the recipes and demonstrate the techniques used to prepare the dishes.
The C of I Sangha invite you to enjoy cooking and eating these dishes!
In Cambridge you can pick up a copy of the book by contacting Joy Magezis at email@example.com
Nationally Available from:Community of Interbeing bookshop Tel: 0870 850 2615 Web: http://www.interbeing.org.uk/ bookshop
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