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Course starting Thursday 11th Jan. Also what is going on in Dec at the Hertford Buddhist Meditation Group

Hi there,

Just a quick email to let you know what is coming up at the Hertford Buddhist Group.

The most important points are:

1) No classes for Christmas week (26th and 28th Dec), and classes resume as normal on 2nd Jan

2) Introductory course on meditation and Buddhism.for every Thursday evening from 11th Jan until 15th Feb (inclusive). We will recap and also be using different material in this course from the one in September, so if you went to any of those evenings, please come again to this course.

And if you didn’t come to any, and if you have never been before, then please come to our course. It is totally designed as the best way to learn how to meditate, and find out about our group.

It is designed to be useful to both complete beginners and also experienced meditators. It assumes no prior knowledge. For more information, please look on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/1251420695003490/ or blog http://hertfordbuddhistgroup.co.uk/6-week-course-introduction-meditation-buddhism-6-thursday-evenings-starting-11th-jan-2018-ending-15th-feb/

3) From 9th Jan till 15th Feb we are swapping round Tuesdays and Thursdays, so Thursday will be the drop in open class (combined with a course), and Tuesdays will be the night for regulars, which will go a bit deeper and be a bit more advanced.

Tuesday nights (drop in)
12th Dec – Padmajata leading the class on the Four Dimensions of Awareness (ie self others environment and reality)
19th Dec Khemananda is leading the class. Probably will be a meditation workshop.
26th Dec – NO CLASS
2nd Jan – Drop in class. Probably Keith is leading the class.
9th Jan – Regulars class is switching to Tuesday nights till 13th Feb, as there is an introductory course on Thursdays.

Thursday evenings
14th Dec Sanghaketu is coming to talk about Confession in Buddhism
21st Dec – the last meeting of 2017, and we are going to celebrate mid- winter day with a meditation and Yule themed Green Tara puja. Please bring evergreen leaves and twigs of holly, ivy, laurel, pine, cedar, cypress, and the magical ash to add to the shrine.
28th Dec – NO CLASS
4th Jan – Regulars’ class.
11th Jan -Introductory course on meditation and Buddhism.for every Thursday evening until 15th Feb (inclusive).

That is all for now

Have a great Christmas and New Year, and hope to see you at one of the classes

Keith

6 week course – introduction to meditation and Buddhism – 6 Thursday evenings starting 11th Jan 2018 and ending 15th Feb

You are warmly invited to come to a six-week course for anyone wanting to learn how to meditate or find out about Buddhism or who wants to deepen their knowledge or practice.
 
All are welcome including total beginners, and people who know nothing about meditation or Buddhism.
 
It is also suitable for seasoned meditators to come and to really go back to basics and give their practice a real boost. It will recap some of the teachings from the previous course and also introduce new items, so it really doesn’t matter whether you came on that course or not.
 
You can download a meditation diary at http://hertfordbuddhistgroup.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/HBG-6-week-med-course4-complete.pdf which has a different question every day to work with and record your experience during the course. This is totally optional, but if you do it, it will definitely help you have a deeper meditation experience.
 
If you want more information about the styles of meditation we teach you can go to http://hertfordbuddhistgroup.co.uk/meditation/
 
It’s fine if you can’t manage to come to every class, each one can be enjoyed independently so just come along to any that you can make. Although like anything, the more you put into it, and the more you attend, the more you will get out of it.
 
The classes will be very friendly, welcoming and a lot of fun. There will be a tea and biscuit break half way through, so there will be a lot of opportunity to make new friends.
 
We don’t charge a fee but instead ask for a donation towards our costs. A suggested amount is £5 per session.
 
The course is held at our usual venue of the Millbridge Rooms (opposite Hertford Theatre).
 
http://hertfordbuddhistgroup.co.uk/location/
 
6 Thursday evenings starting 11th Jan 2018 and ending 15th Feb.
 
Each evening will start very promptly at 7.30 pm, so best to get there between 7.00 pm and 7.15pm. Each class will finish at 9.45pm.
 
A lot of people may come, and we only have limited spaces, so please get there early (anytime after 7.00pm) to avoid disappointment.
 
If you have any questions, please leave a message below, or alternatively direct message us on Facebook or Meetup.com .
 
Hope to see you at the course 🙂
 
Keith

What is going on in November at Hertford Buddhist Meditation Group

Hi everyone,

The introductory course in Buddhism and meditation went very well. A lot of new people came, and we have decided to have another one in January. It seems a good time, once people feel a bit wasted after Christmas, and the new year resolutions kick in.

 

Above is a picture we took on the last night of the course.

 

Tuesday nights drop in class – get here at 7.15pm for a very prompt 7.30 start.

7/11 = Khemananda leading the class entitled “Adventures in Meditation”
14/11 = Rob is leading the class
21/11 = Meditation evening. We will teach, practice and discuss both meditations from first principles
28/11 = Probably Keith leading it

Total beginners (as well as experienced meditators and anyone inbetween), are very welcome to attend all or any of the above.

And if you are able to meditate without any instruction, and just want to find out a bit more about Buddhism then you are very welcome to come along to our regulars night on Thursdays. Same time, same place.

9/11 = Keith is leading the class
16/11 = Jay is leading the class
23/11 = Rob is leading a puja (devotional ritual)
30/11 = Mangala is leading the class

Hope to see you at some of these

Happy meditating 🙂

Keith

What is going on in October

Hi everyone,

We are currently halfway through an introductory course in Buddhism and meditation.

We were really blown away by the interest in this. We had a total of 40 people on the first night, 30 the following week, and 27 the week after.

Each night of the course is self contained, so you can still come along even if you missed some or all of the previous ones. The teaching is done by Keith, Leah and Padmajata.

We give away some sheets of a printed meditation diary that you can use to help get you thinking about your practice.

Tuesday nights – get here at 7.15pm for a very prompt 7.30 start.

 

3/10 = course
10/10 = course
17/10 = course

and then after that we just go back to our usual drop in classes, so you can just drop in when you feel like it. We have not finalised what we are doing on those nights, but it will probably be good 🙂

24/10 – to be announced
31/10 – to be announced

Total beginners (as well as experienced meditators and anyone inbetween), are very welcome to attend all or any of the above.

And if you have been a few times, are able to meditate without any instruction, and just want to find out a bit more about Buddhism then you are very welcome to come along to our regulars night on Thursdays. Same time, same place.

5/10 – lead by Rob
12/10 – lead by Khemananda
19/10 – to be announced
26/10 – to be announced

Hope to see you at some of these

Happy meditating 🙂

Keith

Nandaketus pilgrimage to Japan following in the footsteps of the great 9th Century Buddhist teacher Kukai.

Nandaketu came to the regulars’ class last night to talk about the great 9th Century Japanese Buddhist teacher Kukai.

If you want to see a youtube presentation about Nandaketu’s pilgrimage to Japan around the places associated with the life of Kukai, click the link below

Information

Hertford Buddhist Group

Please sign up for email list, either writing on a page here, or fill in the form at http://hertfordbuddhistgroup.co.uk . Normally just one email a month and you can unsubscribe at any time

If you are on Facebook, please like us at https://www.facebook.com/HertfordMeditation/ and also like, share and comment on our posts. This helps us get the word out and build community.

If you want more up to date info on what is happening each week, please join us at https://www.meetup.com/Hertford-Buddhist-Meditation/ . This is totally free, and you can comment and message other attendees after each meeting.

If you want more information on meditation then look at http://hertfordbuddhistgroup.co.uk/meditation/ . This also has a lot of other information such as recommended books, a blog and lots of really useful links in the right hand column.

https://www.hertsbuddhistmeditation.co.uk/ is a beautiful site created by Leah with lots of useful information covering the whole of Hertfordshire.

 

If you have any questions or comments, you can contact us on our Facebook and Meetup pages.

Also you can email us at:

Keith = keith@nullhertfordbuddhistgroup.co.uk

Leah = hertsbuddhistmeditation@nullgmail.com

Rob = hertford.sangha@nullaol.co.uk

 

what is going on in September

Hi there,

As summer passes we move into the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.

We are going to have a six week introductory course in Buddhism and Meditation starting Tuesday September 12th lead by Keith, Leah and Padmajata.

This is the first time we have ever done this in Hertford, and it is really an excellent time to start coming along if you are:

  • a complete beginner, who knows nothing about Buddhism or mediation, but would like to find out a bit more
  • have not been for a while and would like to re-engage
  • are a regular attendee (as it is really good to go back to the basics, as we can get stuck in a rut)
  • and everyone else

There is another blog post dedicated to this or you can also look on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HertfordMeditation/ to find more information. But you can drop in and drop out, and it is also totally free. We do ask for a donation of £5 to help towards our costs, but it is not compulsory.

Tuesday Nights (drop in)
5th Sep – Rob leading the class
12th Sep – Introductory course in Meditation and Buddhism
19th Sep – Introductory course in Meditation and Buddhism
26th Sep – Introductory course in Meditation and Buddhism
3rd Oct – Introductory course in Meditation and Buddhism
10th Oct – Introductory course in Meditation and Buddhism
17th Oct – Introductory course in Meditation and Buddhism

 

Thursday Nights (regulars – open to everyone who has learned both meditation practices we teach)
7th Sep – Leah is leading the class – an evening devoted to the great and inspiring Tibetan yogi Milarepa
14th Sep – Nandaketu is leading the class – an evening devoted to the great and inspiring Japanese master Kukai. Nandaketu went on a pilgrimage in Japan a couple of years ago to retrace Kukai’s steps
21st Sep – Rob is leading an evening of dedication ceremony, Triratana Vandana, meditation and puja.

I hope to see you at some of these

Keith

Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism Course starting the evening of Tuesday 12th September

A six-week course for anyone wanting to find out about Buddhism and learn how to meditate or who wants to deepen their knowledge or practice.

Each evening will start very promptly at 7.30 pm, so best to get there between 7.00 pm and 7.15pm. Each class will finish at 9.45pm.

A lot of people are coming, and we only have limited spaces, so please get there early (anytime after 7.00pm) to avoid disappointment.

Starting Tuesday 12th September to 17th October

All are welcome including total beginners, and people who know nothing about meditation or Buddhism.

It is also suitable for seasoned meditators to come and to really go back to basics and give their practice a real boost.

We will give a daily meditation diary which has a question to work with every day and record your experience. This is totally optional, but if you do it, it will definitely help you have a deeper meditation experience.

It’s fine if you can’t manage to come to every class, each one can be enjoyed independently so just come along to any that you can make. Although like anything, the more you put into it, and the more you attend, the more you will get out of it.

The classes will be very friendly, welcoming and a lot of fun. There will be a tea and biscuit break half way through, so there will be a lot of opportunity to make new friends.

We don’t charge a fee but instead ask for a donation towards our costs. A suggested amount is £5 per session but it is entirely voluntary and we don’t monitor who gives or what is given.

The course is held at our usual venue of the Millbridge Rooms (opposite Hertford Theatre).

http://hertfordbuddhistgroup.co.uk/location/

 

Hope to see you at the course 🙂

Keith

What is going on at Hertford Buddhist Group in August

Hi there,
I hope you are having a great Summer.
It is possible that we will have a 6 week introductory course on Buddhism and meditation starting in Mid September.
It would be designed to be very useful both for complete beginners who know nothing on either topic, and also seasoned Buddhists and/or meditators to look at their practice with beginner’s mind which is something highly valued, as it is easy to get stuck in a rut.
It will probably be free of charge – although we do ask for a small donation of about £5 per evening to help cover our costs.
We have not got all the details nailed down yet, but I am personally really hoping it will go ahead.
Once we have more news, we will announce it on our blog, Facebook and also Meetup.
We have never done anything like this before in Hertford, and it is not known whether we will do it again. So it is a potentially life changing opportunity for people to come along and join us, and make some new friends.
Just to let you know what is happening at Hertford Buddhist Group in August:
Tuesday night (Tonight)
8th August Padmajata giving a talk on someone from the refuge tree
Classes as usual on the other Tuesdays. Probably lead by Rob.
Thursday night
10th August Nandaketu leading the class
17th August Keith or Leah leading the class
24th August Mangala leading the class
31st August Khemananda leading the class
I hope to see you at some of these
All the best
Keith

What is going on in July

Hi there,

Tuesday evening meetings are looking like this for the rest of July, with a theme of Buddhist teachers on the refuge tree;

 

The Refuge Tree is a picture of historic Buddhist teachers, as well as mythical beings, that inspire our vision in Triratna.

 

4th- Peter leading meditation, Rob talking about going for refuge to the sangha, the refuge Tree and Yogi Chen

11th – Talk from Rob about a Buddhist teacher from the Refuge Tree

18th – Leah and Helen leading the class

24th- Talk from Rob about a Buddhist teacher from the Refuge Tree

 

Thursday meetings is our regulars class. If you have been on Tuesday nights a couple of times (or more), and can meditate without instruction then you are very welcome to come along and join us on a Thursday night. Same time, same place.

 

Khemananda came along to lead last week, and Mangala is coming on Thursday 6th July. Leah will lead the meditation on that day.

 

Other great stuff will happen on the other Thursdays after that.

 

We also have hired an allotment in Hertford, and several sangha members are working on that – mainly at the weekends. If you would like to join in then have a word with Sarah, who is normally at the Tuesday class.

 

all the best

 

Keith