The First Cry (Le Premier Cri)
7.00 pm. Thursday 26th. July
The trip that Gilles de Maistre offers us, against the backdrop of hypnotic music by Armand Amar, is made up of reports on the last days of pregnancy in different cultures from the Maasai tribes to the Tuaregs, through the heart of Paris or the snowy steppes of Siberia. The film initially focuses on "natural" birth, through portraits of women wishing to give life in the water (in Mexico) or surrounded by their friends (in Canada). It goes on to explore beliefs about birth, whether medical or religious. The film visits motherhood centres in Asia delivering more than 120 babies a day. Even this frightening production chain does not destroy the profound humanity of the experience. An experience out of time, beautifully filmed about one most wonderful moments of life.
Awake - The Life of Yogananda
7.00 pm. Thursday 9th. August
AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda is an unconventional biography about an Indian Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. This feature documentary explores the life and teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, who authored the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi, which has sold millions of copies worldwide and is a go-to book for seekers, philosophers and yoga enthusiasts today. It was a point of entry into Eastern mysticism for George Harrison, Steve Jobs and countless yogis. By personalizing his own quest for enlightenment and sharing his struggles along the path, Yogananda made ancient teachings accessible to a modern audience, attracting many followers and ultimately helping millions of seekers today to turn their attention inwards, bucking the temptations of the material world in pursuit of self-realization.
Tawai - A Voice from the Forest
7.00 pm. Thursday 23rd. August
Tawai is the word the nomadic hunter gatherers of Borneo use to describe their inner feeling of connection to nature. In this dreamy, philosophical and sociological look at life, explorer Bruce Parry travels the world to learn from people living lives very different to our own. From the jungles of Malaysia to the tributaries of the Amazon, TAWAI is a quest for reconnection, providing a powerful voice from the heart of the forest itself.
In Pursuit of Silence
7.00 pm. Thursday 6th. September
In our race towards modernity, amidst all the technological innovation and the rapid growth of our cities, silence is now quickly passing into legend. Beginning with an ode to John Cage's seminal silent composition 4'33", the sights and sounds of this film delicately interweave with silence to create a contemplative and cinematic experience that works its way through frantic minds and into the quiet spaces of hearts. As much a work of devotion as it is a documentary, IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE is a meditative exploration of our relationship with silence, with sound, and the impact of noise on our lives.
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.
Amnyi Trulchung Rinpoche - Update
Rinpoche is still in China and in a remote part hard to communicate with. He sends rare message always assuring us he is well and happy and thinking of us. He will return but we have to be patient.
If you would like to know more about Rinpoche, visit his website by clicking on this link.
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.