One Track Heart : The Story of Krishna Das
7.00 pm. Thursday 14th. June
Jeremy Frindel's film One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das documents the life and musical career of American kirtan singer Krishna Das. In 1970, while struggling with drug abuse and depression, Das left his native Long Island, New York for India, selling all his possessions and turning down the opportunity to record as lead vocalist with the band that would later become Blue Öyster Cult. While in India he formed a close relationship with the guru Neem Karoli Baba (Maharaj-ji), setting him on a new spiritual course and eventually leading to his emergence as Krishna Das – the world-renowned spiritual teacher, chant master, and Grammy-nominated musician. The film features interviews with Be Here Now author and spiritual guru Ram Das, Grammy-winning producer Rick Rubin (The Beastie Boys, Metallica, Jay-Z), New York Times bestselling author Sharon Salzberg and two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee Daniel Goleman.
Co-Hosted with SAFE the animal welfare charity. Proceeds to both Safe and the Nelson Buddhist Centre.
7.00 pm. Thursday 28th. June
KEDI is not a documentary about house cats or the strays you occasionally see in your back yard. KEDi is a film about the hundreds of thousands of cats who have roamed the metropolis of Istanbul freely for thousands of years, wandering in and out of people's lives, impacting them in ways only an animal who lives between the worlds of the wild and the tamed can. Cats and their kittens bring joy and purpose to those they choose, giving people an opportunity to reflect on life and their place in it. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to ourselves. All kinds of cats, roam the city, free, without a human master. Some fend for themselves, scavenging from dumpsters, living in abandoned buildings, others are cared for by communities of people, pampered with the best cat food and given shelter for the cold months. Cats have been a part of the city for thousands of years, and so, everyone who grows up in Istanbul or lives in Istanbul has a story about a cat. Stories that are memorable; sometimes scary, sometimes spiritual, but always very personal.
Study and Practice Group
Every Sunday, see our calendar of events for session times (they vary).
Each week we will start with a 45+ minute meditation practice, followed by a study/discussion group. You are welcome to join in even if you missed the earlier sessions.
The answer is to develop Patience. Not grit-your-teeth patience but a naturally arising relaxed attitude based on sensible analysis of what is going on.
Each week we will study, verse by verse, the wonderful teachings from the book ‘Bodhisattvacaryavatara’ - The Guide to the Way of Life of a Bodhisattva by the great Indian Buddhist teacher, Shantideva. Amnyi Trulchung Rinpoche requested in his last message to us that we do this study. That aside, the ideas given by Shantideva are for the most part not even "Buddhist." They are fresh and relevant for anyone wanting to train to overcome negative emotional responses and the damage they cause to ourselves and those we meet with.
1st hour - Refuge Prayers and Vajrasattva Purification practice.
2nd. hour - Study/discussion
Cost: Donation at the door. Free to members.
Amnyi Trulchung Rinpoche - Update
Rinpoche is still in China and in a remote part hard to communicate with. He sends rare message always assuring us he is well and happy and thinking of us. He will return but we have to be patient.
If you would like to know more about Rinpoche, visit his website by clicking on this link.
A HOME FOR THE NBC
For several years there have been concerted efforts to buy a property to house the Nelson Buddhist Centre and some managerial staff. This move would end the NBC's uncertain tenure at Nile Street and create a centre that could be available and operate throughout the day. Many properties have been considered but nothing has quite met the requirements.
The main criterion is that the Centre is located close to Nelson central. The vision is to form a community facility, a place where the Buddha's teaching can be made accessible in an urban setting presented in traditional and contemporary ways.
We now have a sub-committee of enthusiastic volunteers who will be actively searching for a suitable property to buy or lease.