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
Cycle starts 11.30 am. Sunday 2nd December
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.
Karma and Transcendence
An Introduction with Keith Rowan
6.45 pm. (after the 6 pm. evening meditation) Wednesday 5th. December
The word Karma is used widely in our society to express many different ideas - Destiny, Fate, Fault, Consequences of Action. The Buddhist view of Karma is vast in its effects and scope. Similarly, the word Transcendence is widely used and again, the Buddhists have a particular view. Simply speaking, Karma means 'activity' or 'how things happen' so in that case, what is transcendence?
In this talk Keith will open an investigation into these two subjects and how they are related. Though the talk will be from a Buddhist perspective, the subject is universal. It is not a matter of belief but of a study of 'how things are in themselves'. Therefore, the talk could be useful for anyone regardless of their beliefs. Having said that, the matter is complex and the talk may result in more questions than answers! All are welcome to join in.
About Keith Rowan:
Keith has, since 1973, travelled 5 continents studying Buddhism. He has been privileged to have had teachings from many of the greatest Buddhist masters of our time. 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.
Cost: Free. Donations at the door always welcome to support the work of the Nelson Buddhist Centre.
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.
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.