What is coming up including Vajragupta’s visit and our next course

Hi there,

This is who is leading the classes up until the end of March:

Tuesday nights (drop in, everyone welcome)
27/2 – Helen and Rob
6/3 – Vajragupta
13/3 – Leah
20/3 – Nandaketu
27/3 – Mangala

Also, advanced notice that the next introductory 6 week course in meditation and Buddhism starts on 17th April. It will be different content from the other courses, so come along even if you have done previous courses. And of course, no need to wait till then. Just drop in before that.

Thursday nights (regulars’ night)
For people who can sit silently for thirty minutes without instruction, and you want to explore more advanced teachings.

The last 3 of the 6 Paramitas (perfections)
1/3 – Rob – Virya (energy)
8/3 – Padmajata – Samadhi – (meditative absorbption)
15/3 – Mangala – Prajna (wisdom)
then the Four Reminders
22/3 – Leah – First Reminder – “The preciousness of human life”
29/3 – not sure yet who is leading – “The impermanence of the body.”

Here is some more info about Vajragupta’s visit on the 6th March:

The very highly regarded Buddhist author Vajragupta is coming to lead the class on the evening of the 6th March. Newcomers and everyone else are all very welcome.

He was director of the Birmingham Buddhist Centre from 1997 to 2005, and teaches Buddhism and meditation at classes and retreats in many different locations. He was also Director of the Triratna Development Team from 2006 to 2013 which supports groups such as ours across Europe.

We have chosen his excellent book “Buddhism: Tools for Living Your Life” https://www.amazon.co.uk/Buddhism-Tools-Living-Your-Life/dp/1899579745/ref=la_B0034OB71K_1_1 to study together for the past two years because it has incredible depth, but also presents the ideas in very simple language. Also it does it in a way which facilitates us exploring the path together, and discovering the truth for ourselves rather than having it rammed down our throats.

Anyone who has read or studied part of this book probably feels that they already know him a bit, having engaged with his very warm and creative heart and mind, so it is a great opportunity to meet him in the flesh.

He has also written several other excellent books: “Sailing the Worldly Winds”, “The Triratna Story” and has just released a new one “Wild Awake” about his experiences on solitary retreat.

His visit is probably a one off. I have been personally inviting him for about two years, and his schedule has thankfully finally made it possible.

So I will hopefully see you at some of the above

Keith

What is going on in Feb (and some exciting news)

 

Just to let you know what is going on in February (and a bit of March)

Exciting news. Our friend Vajragupta (who wrote the book we study sometimes) has said he will probably be able to visit us – probably in February and March.

I don’t know yet exactly when he will be able to visit but I will send out another email when I know. But it will be a one off, so try and come if you can!

Tuesday nights (drop in, everyone including beginners welcome and full meditation instruction given)
6/2 – week 5 of the course lead by Keith and Leah
13/2 – week 6 of the course lead by Keith and Mangala
20/2 – lead by Keith. Vajragupta’s book – Buddhism: Tools for living your life
27/2 – lead by Rob, studying Vajragupta’s book- Buddhism: Tools for living your life

Thursday nights (regulars’ night, everyone is welcome but there is no meditation instruction, and the teaching can go a bit deeper)
8/2 Rob will lead an evening celebrating the parinirvana of the Buddha (i.e. when he died)
15/2 Padmajata will lead a talk about the perfection of ksanti (patience)
22/2 Keith is leading a puja (devotional ritual)
1/3 Rob will lead. Topic is perfection of virya (energy)
8/3 Samadhi (meditative absorption)
15/3 Prajna (wisdom)

I hope to see you at some of these

kind regards

Keith

Why not come along to our Introductory course on meditation and Buddhism for every Tuesday evening from 9th Jan until 13th Feb?

Hi there,

I hope that you had a very pleasant and relaxing Christmas break.

This is what is going on in January at the Hertford Buddhist Group.

Please note that we have changed the course from Thursday nights to Tuesday nights

Introductory course on meditation and Buddhism for every Tuesday evening from 9th Jan until 13th 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, and don’t know anything about Buddhism or meditation, then please come to our course. It is designed as the best way to learn how to meditate, and about Buddhism as a way of life.

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 Meetup page https://www.meetup.com/Hertford-Buddhist-Meditation/events/kwrzcpyxcbmb/
Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/1251420695003490/ and/or
blog https://hertfordbuddhistgroup.co.uk/6-week-course-introduction-to-meditation-and-buddhism-6-tuesday-evenings-starting-9th-jan-2018-and-ending-13th-feb/
They all pretty much say the same thing.

Thursday nights – regulars’ class for people who already know how to meditate:

4th – Review of the six marks, and moods of the Mahayana; the fantastic, the elusive, the contemplative and the devotional.
11th – introduction to the Vimilakirti Nirdesa
18th – meditation and seven fold puja
25th – guest leader probably Nandaketu

I hope to see you at some of these.

And of course…

Happy New Year, and all the very best for 2018!

Keith

Course starting Tuesday 9th 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 Tuesday evenings from 9th Jan until 13th 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/

 

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 – Introductory course on meditation and Buddhism.for every Tuesday evening until 13th Feb (inclusive).

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 (and all future Thursdays) -Regulars’ class.

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 Tuesday evenings starting 9th Jan 2018 and ending 13th 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 Tuesday evenings starting 9th Jan 2018 and ending 13th 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

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