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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Local News ~ Patience Day Course


Shantideva’s forest retreat

 Sunday 3 June – Relying upon Patience

Gen Chönden  10:30am – 5pm 
Amitabha Buddhist Centre 

Shantideva
‘There is no evil greater than anger,
And no virtue greater than patience.
Therefore, I should strive in various ways
To become familiar with the practice of patience’.


Source:
ABC Website
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Local News – Wisdom and Compassion in Harmony, Day Course with Gen Chönden

Wisdom and Compassion in Harmony

Day Course with Gen Chönden
Sunday 13 May, 10:30am – 5pm  

The supreme good heart holding the true nature of all phenomena is the universal panacea for all our suffering and problems, and swiftly takes us to enlightenment.
This is the transforming Sutra path of compassion and wisdom at its most powerful.
Everyone who is now a Buddha, followed this path of relying upon and abiding in the perfection of wisdom.

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Courses include teachings, guided meditations and discussion, with breaks for refreshments and lunch (vegetarian).
Everyone is welcome to any course.

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the two wings of wisdom and compassion fly us to enlightenment

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Shantideva on Patience

the Supreme Medicine of Dharma
~ Shantideva on Patience

“Patience is a mind that is able to accept, fully and happily, whatever occurs. It is much more than just gritting our teeth and putting up with things. Being patient means to welcome wholeheartedly whatever arises, having given up the idea that things should be other than what they are. It is always possible to be patient; there is no situation so bad that it cannot be accepted patiently, with an open, accommodating, and peaceful heart.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso in How to Solve Our Human Problems

As mentioned above, the main reason we become unhappy is because our wishes are not fulfilled or we have to deal with an unpleasant situation. However, as  as Shantideva says in Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life:

If something can be remedied,
Why be unhappy about it?
And if there is no remedy for it,
There is still no point in being unhappy.

If there is a way to remedy an unpleasant, difficult situation, what point is there in being unhappy? On the other hand, if it is completely impossible to remedy the situation or to fulfil our wishes, there is also no reason to get upset, for how will our becoming unhappy help? This line of reasoning is very useful, for we can apply it to any situation.
Patient acceptance does not necessarily mean that we do not take practical steps to improve our situation. If it is possible to remedy the situation, then of course we should; but to do this we do not need to become unhappy and impatient.

There are many benefits to be gained from patiently accepting suffering. Not only does it enable us to maintain a peaceful and positive mind in the face of distressing circumstances, but it also helps us to gain a clear and dispassionate view of the nature of our samsaric situation. There is a certain mental stability to be had merely from recognizing that every experience of pain or discomfort is the fault of our being caught up in samsara – of our being born, living, and dying in a state of unknowing and confusion.
Our real problem is not the physical sickness, difficult relationship, or financial hardship that we might currently be experiencing, but our being trapped in samsara. This recognition is the basis for developing renunciation, the spontaneous wish to attain complete freedom from every trace of dissatis- faction, which in turn is the foundation of all the higher spirit- ual realizations leading to the boundless happiness of liberation and enlightenment. But this recognition can only dawn within the clear and open mind of patient acceptance. For as long as we are in conflict with life’s difficulties, thinking that things should be different from the way they are and blaming circumstances or other people for our unhappiness, we shall never have the clarity or spaciousness of mind to see what it is that is really binding us. Patience allows us to see clearly the mental habit patterns that keep us locked in samsara, and thereby enables us to begin to undo them. Patience is therefore the foundation of the everlasting freedom and bliss of liberation.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso in How to Solve Our Human Problems”

Source:
from Amitabha e-news May by Gen Kelsang Chönden
Shantideva flowchart by Vide Kadampa 

Cosmic Loti Production Team

None of this would even be appearing without Geshe Kelsang
Oh Vajraholder, we prostrate at your lotus feet

Chönden showed me how to do my first e-mail,
back when we had dial-up at the Leigh Woods centre.

Shanti, Puppy & Mu ~ oath bound retinue LoL

Images via Dunc’s gallery
(he kindly lets me use them.
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Plus of course all the Amitabhians, Bristolians, humans, and everybody else in the web of inter-connectedness that make any of this possible…
“Interbeing ~ everything is connected to everything else.” Tich Nhat Hanh

Vajrapani Empowerment Images


Oh Vajraholder, we prostrate at your lotus feet
OM AH VAJRAPANI HUM HUM PHAT! (pronounced ‘PAI’)
Recite this mantra to dispel obstacles to our practice, and other unfavourable conditions.

How cool is this? Duncan Maybury wandered around on Saturday with a camera, and this is some of what he saw through it…

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