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Zooming with Buddhists

... until things improve

Welcome to West Wales Buddhist Group

For the time being, all our events are running on Zoom. 

Check out our online events below and click on the Zoom link on any event to join in. When conditions allow, we will resume in-person events in the Quaker Meeting House, Penparcau, Aberystwyth.

If you're not sure if the events would be right for you, please email us at westwalesbuddhistgroup@gmail.com

 

Monday Night Sangha

Every Monday 7.00 - 9.00pm. For regulars.

New theme: Mind Reactive, Mind Creative. Continuing through winter 2021.

How do we move from repetitive mental states to freedom of thought? Let’s take a look at how our lives could change for the good.

 

We can’t choose what life – or our mind - throws at us. But we can choose how we respond. We can grow mind-habits of creativity, ease and resilience, no matter what we are faced with. Practical and down to earth, we’ll explore a map of how it is possible for us to move from stuck, repetitive mental states, through joy, calm and clear-seeing, to freedom. This map is the Wheel and the Spiral – a well-known description of the Buddhist path. See this Padlet for diagrams!

 

Sessions will run every week, but the main input will be fortnightly, with the following week recapping on the main teaching and giving more space to practice and exploration of that area.

21 December  Direct seeing into the nature of reality (Maitrisiddhi)

28 December  ... theme continues (Maitrisiddhi)

  4 January      Old Year / New Year Puja (Lesley Davison)

11 January      Disenchantment: seeing clearly what can and can’t satisfy (Parami)

18 January      ... theme continues (Lesley Davison)

25 January      Unruffled tranquillity: how to bring equanimity into our lives (Jinapalita)

  1 February    ... theme continues

  8 February    Liberation: what is the goal of the Buddhist life? (Atapini)                     15 February    ... theme continues

22 February    Mind Reactive, Mind Creative: final session

    

The last 30 minutes is always meditation, with the option to leave at 8.30.

Please try to arrive ten minutes early and wait to be admitted.

 

Morning Meditation

7.55 - 8.30. Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday.  Open to All.

Half an hour of silent meditation

This session is not guided, and there is no suggested donation.

We just come together to meditate.

There are guided meditations on the audio page if you would like to listen to one of those in this session.

Please try to arrive at 7.55 and wait to be admitted.

 

Saturday Sangha Mornings

Monthly Saturdays.10.30am - 1.00pm. For regulars.

What did the Buddha say about...

2nd January

The ideal and practice of 'Sangha, or spiritual community,' and how we can apply it in our own modern lives. The Culagosinga Sutta. (Jinapalita)

20th February

What we can control… and what we can’t.  Knowing the difference shakes the foundations of what we believe about ourselves and the world – yet it can also bring more ease to our experience. (Maitrisiddhi)

Please try to arrive ten minutes early and wait to be admitted.

Heart Boost: Metta for Ourselves

Saturday 9th, 16th and 23rd January. 10.30 - 12.30. Open to All.

Led by Maitrisiddhi and Jinapalita

If you want to be happy, practise compassion’. 

If you want others to be happy, practise compassion.’ – The Dalai Lama

 

It’s easy to say and hard to do. Can you imagine how different your life would be if, no matter what happened, you could love yourself unconditionally?  It is possible.  And how different your life would be, if, even when you disliked someone, you naturally wanted the best for them?  

 

Metta, or unconditional well-wishing, is at the heart of the Buddhist tradition – but how do we access it for ourselves? 

 
 

Energy in Pursuit of the Good: Vajrapani

Saturday 6th February. 10.30 - 12.30. For Regulars.

Led by Jyotidana

Jyotidana is based at the Buddhist Centre in Shrewsbury.

She will be leading the morning on the heroic Bodhisattva Vajrapani, the embodiment of spiritual energy in pursuit of the skilful.

Please try to arrive ten minutes early and wait to be admitted.

Simply Being

Saturday 27th March. 10.30 - 12.30. For Regulars.

Led by Tejananda

At any moment we can recognise, directly and viscerally, that we are alive and awake. With a settled and embodied awareness, this may open into an intuitive glimpse of what we truly are, beyond concepts. This might be evoked as a spacious yet embodied presence, a timeless awareness-emptiness, or unconditional love, compassion and pure energy.

 

We’ll explore this by way of a somatic approach to just sitting meditation, together with experiential inquiries – discovering aliveness, sensitivity, simplicity and clarity in our immediate experience.

Please try to arrive ten minutes early and wait to be admitted.

 

'Morning Meditation' drawing © Ruth Koffer 2020. All rights reserved. https://ruthkoffer.com/

'Vajrapani' painting © Em Webb 2020. All rights reserved. https://www.instagram.com/digitaldharma108/

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