Study and Practice Group
Every Sunday, see our calendar of events for session times (they vary).
Each week we will start with a 45+ minute meditation practice, followed by a study/discussion group. You are welcome to join in even if you missed the earlier sessions.
The answer is to develop Patience. Not grit-your-teeth patience but a naturally arising relaxed attitude based on sensible analysis of what is going on.
Each week we will study, verse by verse, the wonderful teachings from the book ‘Bodhisattvacaryavatara’ - The Guide to the Way of Life of a Bodhisattva by the great Indian Buddhist teacher, Shantideva. Amnyi Trulchung Rinpoche requested in his last message to us that we do this study. That aside, the ideas given by Shantideva are for the most part not even "Buddhist." They are fresh and relevant for anyone wanting to train to overcome negative emotional responses and the damage they cause to ourselves and those we meet with.
1st hour - Refuge Prayers and Vajrasattva Purification practice.
2nd. hour - Study/discussion
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.