Sunday Study and Practice Group
Practice starts 10.15 am., Study Group at 11.30 am. every Sunday at the Nelson Buddhist Centre
Every Sunday there is an in-depth group exploration into the meaning of significant Buddhist teachings. The Sunday group has been operating for many months and participants have found it useful and enjoyable and so are keen for it to continue. Recently the group completed a cycle of study so now is a good time for newcomers who might like to take part to join in.
The current group consists of people from a wide range of backgrounds, not all Buddhist. All are most welcome.
The 37 Practices of Bodhisattvas
by Gyalse Tokme Zangpo
A pithy set of mind training instructions which presents an entire view of the path of a bodhisattva, someone whose aim is to be of benefit to all sentient beings. If you want to know what the Buddhist path is, this is a complete description. It will doubtless provoke much thought and discussion.
Sunday Practice Session
10.15 - 11.30 am every Sunday
Each week, prior to the study group, there is a practice session based on the Rigdzin Practice Book which includes meditations on Manjusri (for clarity from confusion) and Vajrasattva (for purification of negative thoughts and actions.) It concludes with a short reading of the King of Prayers - Samantabhadra's Prayer for Excellent Conduct, an inspirational practice which invokes the highest aspirations of the human spirit.
You are welcome to attend either the practice session and/or the study group.
Cost: Donation at the door. Free to members.
A Public Talk with Keith Rowan
6.45 pm Wednesday 1st. May (after the optional 6 pm meditation)
COST : Free. Any donations to the Buddhist Centre are appreciated.
VENUE : Nelson Buddhist Centre, 87 Nile Street, Nelson
Critical thinking is often held to be separate from or even the opposite of faith or devotion. This talk will make the case that not only aren’t they separate, but that there may be no critical thinking without faith and that both faith and devotion are the natural result of critical thought. In turn faith and devotion can open new horizons for critical thinking.
Keith Rowan has, since 1973, travelled 5 continents studying Buddhism. He has been fortunate to have had teachings and direct guidance from many great Buddhist scholars and mentors. He has been sharing the Dharma and facilitating retreats for over 20 years in several countries. Keith’s real skill though, is in taking the core essence of Buddhism, and making it accessible to the western mind and practical for today’s world.
Climate Change - The Facts
With Sir David Attenborough
7.15 Tuesday 4th. June
After one of the hottest years on record, Sir David Attenborough looks at the science of climate change and potential solutions to this global threat. This BBC documentary interviews some of the world’s leading climate scientists and explores recent extreme weather conditions such as unprecedented storms and catastrophic wildfires. They reveal what dangerous levels of climate change could mean for both human populations and the natural world in the future.
The Last Pig
A joint presentation with SAFE (Save Animals from Exploitation.) Their representative Jodie Williams will give a short introductory talk.
Money raised will be shared between SAFE and the Nelson Buddhist Centre.
7.15 Tuesday 11th. June
THE LAST PIG is a lyrical meditation on what it means to be a sentient creature with the power to kill. Deeply immersive, the film follows a pig farmer through his final year of slaughtering pigs. Through sparse, intimate musings, the farmer reveals the growing conflict of a life spent “peddling in death.”
Through this personal journey, THE LAST PIG raises crucial questions about equality, the value of compassion and the sanctity of life. Farmer Comis’ soul-bearing narrative carries us through his final year of farming pigs, the struggle to reinvent his life, and the ghosts that will haunt him forever.
It is our hope that THE LAST PIG will help propel a shift in our society’s relationship to non-human beings and our capacity for compassion.