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If we have to cancel a session due to bad weather we shall do so in this space by 9.00 am on the Saturday morning. 


Current Discussion

On 1st April a poem entitled This Breathing Space was read. You can find this poem on the page called poems..

In the last few sessions we have been looking at the Mahanama Sutta. Mahanama, who is not a Monk, has been living with the Buddha during the rainy season which is about to end. This means that they will all disperse and Mahanama wonders how he will manage to practise on his own.

Mahanama asks “ In what dwelling place should I live?” and I take this to mean “How should I live?”


Before suggesting six reflections which can be practised the Buddha reminds Mahanama and the others nearby that in order to practise effectively we need to develop five qualities and that these qualities need to be aroused or alive.


These qualities are

                                                       Conviction (or confidence or faith)

                                                      Persistence (or Energy for the Spiritual Life not laziness)

                                                      Mindfulness (not muddled)

                                                      Concentration (not uncentred)

                                                      Discernment (or discrimination or Wisdom)


The six things that the Buddha suggests that should be reflected upon are


                                                    An enlightened being (or the Buddha).

                                                    The Dharma ( the teachings of the Buddha)

                                                    The Sangha

                                                    Ones own virtues

                                                    Ones own generosity

                                                    We can call to mind  other Buddhists that we respect

                                                   who have greater faith or confidence than us in what they practise.

These reflections can lead to a mind which is

                                                  not filled with passion (or craving).

                                                  not filled with aversion (or hatred).

                                                  not filled with delusion.

                                                  Headed straight. (in line with what we truly want).

                                                  Full of joy (physical).

                                                  Full of rapture (mental)

                                                  Calm.

                                                  At ease.

                                                  Concentrated.



DAY RETREAT

Buddha Day Celebration

This day celebrated the Buddha gaining enlightenment approximately 2559 years ago. We met  at Bothenhampton Village Hall on Sunday 22nd May from 10.30 until 4.30. Members of the Sangha came from Newton Abbott, Teignmouth, Exeter, Wellington, Sidmouth, Axminster, Bridport, Dorchester, and Portland. The photograph below shows the shrine which was designed and assembled by Sarah and her crew. We all felt as though we were in a forest.


  • During the day we listened to the life story of the Buddha up to his enlightenment. After  each section we then spent some time reflecting on our own personal experience of each of the stages. For instance, our birth, our upbringing, what we have moved away from and the good qualities that we already have they we can develop further.


We practised the Mindfulness of Breathing and also the Metta Bhavana and also did the seven-fold Puja. We listened to a talk given by Vidyadasi on some of her personal reflections on how it is ones attitude to life that one must change.


People brought along some food to share at lunch time and the result was a veritable feast. All in all it seems like a good time was had by all.

 

Introduction

Welcome to the Bridport Triratna Buddhist Group. We are accessible from East Devon, West Dorset and South Somerset. We are a friendly and welcoming group which has been meeting since 2008. The group is run on a drop-in basis and so no experience is needed in order to attend.

The sessions are structured so that new-comers will be given any instructions that they need. The main practices that we teach are called the Mindfulness of Breathing and the Metta Bhavana.

 

When?

We meet on Saturday mornings every two weeks. Each session starts promptly at 10.30 and ends at12.30. People usually arrive from about 10.15.

The dates for our meetings are:

7th January

21st January
4th February
18th February
4th March
18th March
1st April
15th April
29th April


We aim to continue after this but the dates are not yet fixed.

Where?

We meet in the village hall on the Main street of Bothenhampton which is about a 20 minute walk from the centre of Bridport. Bothenhampton is just off the A35 between the bottom of West street and Grove nurseries. The post code is DT6 4BP. The hall is easy to find, quiet and also warm. There is a map in the contacts section.

 

Who is it for?

The group is run on a drop-in basis with no previous experience needed. Experienced meditators are also welcome.

 

What do we do?

Each session usually consists of two meditation sits, a brief talk (with some discussion) and there always a tea break.

 

What do I need?

We do provide some meditation stools and mats for use during the sessions and chairs are also available but if you already have your own meditation gear it is a good idea to bring it. Loose and comfortable clothing is also advisable.

 

Who leads the group?

The group is led by Alayasri and Suddhacitta who are members of the Triratna Buddhist Order. Alayasri also runs a group in Axminster and you can access that site through this link http://axminsterbuddhistmeditation.yolasite.com

 

What will it cost?

The group is run on a dana or donation basis so participants can contribute what they feel is appropriate.

 

How do I get in touch?

You can contact Alayasri and Suddhacitta using  Contact us  heading at the top of this page.

You can find out more about the Triratna Buddhist Group on the menu at the top of this page and at  www.thebuddhistcentre.com


Alayasri 

Suddhacitta 

Village Hall Main Street, Bothenhampton, Bridport

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