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.
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 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.