Meditation ~ Inspiring Images to Sit in Peace

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Bristol’s 2nd Sit in Peace Meditation Flashmob

SIT IN PEACE 2
Bristol Meditation Flash Mob

~ growing in energy by the day

 

 

Saturday July 28th 
2.30 – 3.00pm
College Green

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World Peace

Making up WMD makes as much sense as sending in ‘peace-keeping forces’.
We can never hope to achieve world peace with violence and guns.

Hatred and anger beget more hatred and anger.
“An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind ” ~ Gandhi

World peace can only be achieved if we first establish peace within our own minds. So moment by moment, on occasions such as this,
we are creating world peace.

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When i see phenomena like this being created, it gives me hope that together we can really make a better world.

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This is a public event ~ we would love to see you there.
And if you go to a similar event where you are, let us know! I’d love to publish any photos, illustrations or reviews of your experiences.

Everything underlined here is a link:

College Green
Bristol, BS1 5SH

View map · Get directions

Meditation Flash Mobs are organised Worldwide

So if you don’t live in Bristol, click here for something more local to you: 
Med Mobs and Meditate for World Peace : the movement is medmob

 

 

… of interest here:
See how completely, brilliantly, meaningful the last flashmob was:
photos of Sit in Peace Meditation Flashmob on College Green, Bristol
Inspired by Tich Nhat Hanh “sit together in silence, generating the energy of peace, solidity, and freedom”
~ hundreds of like-minded people across the UK, sitting for a better world.

Meditation Flash Mob Trafalgar Square via Sit in Peace 2, Bristol Meditation 
Write up by the Guardian’s Khan, who was at the Trafalgar square ‘medmob’ with Tich Nhat Hanh.

“for me it was a half an hour of purest sanity.”

… more on Facebook:
Wake Up Bristol
Love Movements

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Tune into the Tsongkhapa Empowerment – Sun July 22nd Meditation / Contemplation

Gen Kelsang Dekyong will be giving the Je Tsongkhapa empowerment at Manjushri Centre in Cumbria on Sunday. The session begins at 4pm GMT.

We can be there in mind if not in body. And since the  definitive Je Tsongkhapa pervades the entire universe; we can be sure that he is most definitely here with us.

Je Tsongkhapa and Sons

Migtsema prayer

Tsongkhapa, crown ornament of the scholars of the Land of the Snows,
You are Avalokiteshvara, the treasury of unobservable compassion,
Manjushri, the supreme stainless wisdom,
And Vajrapani, the destroyer of the hosts of maras;
O Losang Dragpa I request you, please grant your blessings.

 Tune in to the Blessings

~ Meditate or just Contemplate

Find a quiet space, and settle down to meditate.
If this isn’t possible, just thinking about Tsongkhapa will allow him to bless your mind ~ much like opening the shutters on a sunny day lets the sun in. 

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We can allow our body to relax and our mind to clear.
Sit in a relaxed, comfortable position, with our back as straight as possible.
Follow the breath for awhile ~ the in-breath, the out-breath, the natural process of breathing.

When we’ve achieved some stillness in our mind, we can turn our attention to the empowerment.
A short prayer is good; or even just setting the good intention that doing this might be of benefit to ourselves and others.

We can allow ourselves to feel close to our Guru, Tsongkhapa and Gen Dekyong, (any or all is fine).
If this brings a smile, all the better.

Dekyong giving the empowerment is like a program being broadcast over the radio waves. Tuning our attention into Je Tsongkhapa at this time, is like turning our radio on.
By doing this we can be sure that we are receiving something of the transmission. 

When we’ve finished our meditation, dedicate our merit for the benefit of all living beings; and we can rise from our session knowing that a difference has been made.

NB.
Distance is an illusion created by our ignorant minds, and these blessings are powerful.
Of course it’s better to be there, but if we are unable to, then tuning our mind into this frequency works a treat.

Sharing this will help flourish Dharma and world peace  _/\_

Updates – Amitabha Bristol and the NKT Summer Festival 2012

The NKT Summer Festival

‘ The Path of Wisdom and Compassion’, Cumbria, is now on in its 2nd week.

Here’s what folk attending are saying about it:
NKT Summer Festival Video – inspiring things.
See the daily 
video diaries here.

Dorje’s mongoose on the loose

Most folk I know are going for the tantra teachings in the 2nd week, taught by Gen Dekyong.
See here for the schedule.
(* nb. they prefer 24hrs notice of your arrival)

Amitabha’s Classes & Courses

ABC is on summer holiday.
We haven’t been idle though.

Our Dorje Shugdën’s Five Lineages have got a new shrine cabinet (from Tara Centre) Perfect time to spruce everything up 🙂

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Karma Shugden’s light of wisdom shines on.

 

 

We’ll be back next month:

August Timetable highlights at Amitabha Bristol

3rd-5th – Statue Painting course with K.Lamchen
13th-19th – Lamrim Retreat
26th 10.30am-5.00pm – the True Nature of Things with Gen Chönden

Regular classes resume Monday 20th August

 

The World Peace Cafe in Bristol

The cafe now closed for our annual summer break. It will open again on Wednesday 1st August

The Wonderful World Peace Cafe  – This blog by Bishopston mum gives a great write up from a mum’s point of view.

See the ABC Website for further details
Images – Cute in a Cup, Fossil Stilton at ABC, and Jas.


Epic Amitabha 20 Years of Public Service Leaflet Revision

Disclaimer:

Epic‘ here used to mean something the author is personally quite emotionally involved with, but is only vaguely interesting to everyone else (according to current use of the word). It could equally be ‘awesome‘, which has been similarly downgraded in meaning.
Oh, the tragedy of  the commonplace dumbing down of  language.
:’-(Seriously. The only logical explanation for the  success of ’50 Shades of Grey’ must be the author’s good karma. Congrats to her, but it’s not like it’s going to win any literary prizes)

 Apologies also for re-posting a similar leaflet, but you can’t spend this much time on something and not post it on your blog.
Especially since the last time I had to do something like this I was having an emotional crisis / crisis of faith. So it consequently wasn’t designed intuitively, but in-between fits of sobbing into a tin mug of riocha (not the best way to do anything. On any level.)

So this feels like a redemption of sorts for that time of my life ~ about the same time 2 years ago.
I’m a fitter, better person now (and yes, I did listen to Radiohead then).

I can’t tell yous how amazingly good it feels to be able to do something for others and then share it with still others!
So thank you a trillion times over if you’re part of this 🙂

Epic final revision of the Amitabha 20 Years of Public Service Leaflet

 

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Text by Dave TJ, design by Jas)
For more on this see the website at  Amitabha Centre, Bristol, UK
 


Amitabha Buddhist Centre ~ 20 years of Public Service

How our

Buddhist centre keeps an attitude of servitude to our local community


ABC ~We’re here for you

“Our intention in teaching Dharma is not just to spread Buddhism. We are trying to help the people of this world by giving them special methods to solve their daily problems and to achieve the permanent happiness of liberation. In itself, the flourishing of Buddhadharma is not important unless it benefits others. This is the main purpose of Buddhism.”
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

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(Text by Dave tJ, design by Jas. Leaflet design currently being drafted, but I didn’t want to neglect these sites any longer ;~)

Local News: Powa for Kelsang Trinlay

Powa for Kelsang Trinlay at Amitabha Centre,
Mon 18th, 5pm.

Trinlay died in hospital 13th Jun.  He was a long-time Kadampa who lived at Amitabha for a while. I knew him from our centre at Leigh Woods.
He was dedicated to the study and practice of Dharma, which shone from him like a light. OK yeah, he could be annoying at times – but who can’t?! He was a sincere and very kind practitioner.

If you can’t make the powa
(prayers to send the deceased to the pure land)

Just sit peacefully and offer up some prayers for him from where you are. It’s the mind of compassion that counts here ~ location is merely imputed.

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nb. best to call the centre on 0117 9745160 or mail info@meditationinbristol.org to check details of the powa first.

Local News ~ ABC’s timetable for this W/END

The itinerary for the weekend coming.

And it’s forecast sunny on Saturday!
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Local News ~ Summer Fayre and Afternoon Course with Gen Chonden

This Weekend!

Saturday 9th, 2-6pm Summer fayre
Sunday 10th, 2-5pm Four Seals Afternoon Course with Gen Chönden

All Welcome 🙂 

Sources:
ABC e-newsletter
and centre publicity by Sengé

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Happy 81st Birthday Geshe La ❤

Kadampa Life

Wrote this a few years ago, but it is still relevant! Please do share your own comments too.

Turning the Wheel of Dharma

Today, June 4, is the birthday of my kind teacher, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, and I want to mark the occasion by writing something about him. His birthday falls auspiciously on the day of Buddha Shakyamuni’s first teaching, called Turning the Wheel of Dharma Day; and for me and many thousands of other students, Geshe Kelsang, or Geshe-la as we like to call him, has been the one who has turned the Wheel of Buddha Shakyamuni’s teachings for us.

There is not a snowflake’s chance in hell that I could even begin to do him justice in one article, of course, even though I apologize in advance for its length. But I’ll try and highlight a few of his qualities as I see it, in case you are interested in…

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