Winter Term 2015

(details of specific events will be added as speakers are confirmed.               See programme below)

Buddhist Mindfulness

15th January -  26th March



All welcome

 Meetings are held on Thursday nights in the Scout          Headquarters at 7 Grove Street (see map below).

Arrive after 7.45pm  for 8.00 pm start

Whether you are new to Buddhism or have an established practice, you are welcome to the BBG meetings. There is no need to book, just turn up. The meetings are free of charge, but the group depends on donation. You can also become a sponsor (see below for details).
About the group:
The Bath Buddhist group was established nearly forty years ago and aims to promote an interest in Buddhism and to encourage its study and application. It seeks to embrace all main schools of Buddhism.
What the group offers you:
Are you looking for an opportunity to meditate with others?
Are you interested in Buddhism, without having to subscribe to one particular teacher or tradition?

In the BBG you’ll find a group where:
• You can meditate in a supportive environment.
• You can join others in developing a deeper understanding of the Buddha’s teaching, and how its application can help you.
• You can discuss your daily practise and ask questions.
• Long standing practitioners of various Buddhist traditions lead meditations and offer guidance to beginners. (You can find details about support for newcomers below)
•Guest speakers and core members of the group give talks on the term’s theme.

The BBG - where once a week you can walk the Noble Eightfold Path in the company of others.

For further information, contact John at

                                                    harveyj@btinternet.com

Support for Newcomers to the Bath Buddhist Group
Newcomers to Buddhism generally have lots of questions about meditation, daily life practice or basic ideas in Buddhism.
We would like to offer some support to those who have queries or difficulties with Buddhist practice. You are invited to e-mail your questions to Jeremy Frank, core member of the Bath Buddhist Group:

                         j.frank484@btinternet.com

He will try to answer your queries or point you in a direction where you might find answers to any difficulties you may have regarding Buddhist practice.

Supporting the BBG

Whilst no payment is required in order to attend group meetings, we do need to cover the costs of room hire and speaker expenses. There are two ways in which you may help with this:
1) A voluntary offering - Dana. (A Dana bowl is provided at the meetings)
2) Sponsoring towards the cost of meditation evenings (£22 per evening) or a visiting speaker’s expenses. Please email John at harveyj@btinternet.com for payment methods. Sponsors may borrow books and recordings from the group's extensive library without charge.

                     Winter Programme

15th Jan:  A short introduction to Buddhist mindfulness.  Sattipatthana meditation on the four foundations of mindfulness.   Meeting led by Jessica Wilker, BBG committee member and author of "The ABC of Mindfulness"

22nd Jan:   Matthew will lead meditation and discussion

29th Jan:   A Breath of ZenJohn will lead ZaZen meditation (two consecutive half hour sittings) followed by chanting of the Heart Sutra, and a koan.

5th Feb:   Susan will lead meditation and discussion

12th Feb:   John will lead meditation and discussion

19th Feb:   Talk & discussion led by Tony:  The Secular Mindfulness Movement - where does it come from and what is it missing?

26th Feb:   Matthew will lead meditation and discussion

5th March:   Jeremy will lead meditation and discussion

12th March:  Meditation evening. Tony will lead an evening of meditation.

19th March:   Vajrin  will lead meditation and talk on Right Effort in Buddhist Mindfulness.

26th March: Nigel Wellings, mindfulness based psychotherapist, a facilitator on the Bath and Bristol Mindfulness Courses and author will talk about his newly published ‘Why Can’t I Meditate? How to get your mindfulness on track’. Sneaky preview: it’s all about death! www.whycantimeditate.com

                 
 Vajrin                            Nigel Wellings

        

All are invited to join the free Yahoo site (email us for no obligation invitation) receive weekly emails about the group's programme.  Please contact: j.frank484@btinternet.com

Recommended Reading:  

On Mindfulness:

The ABC of Mindfulness. On daily dealings with everyday feelings: Jessica Wilker  available at the BBG or at www.jessicawilker.com

The Heart of Buddhist Meditation. A handbook of mental training based on the Buddha's way of Mindfulness: Nyanaponika Thera available on Amazon or as E-book

On Buddhism:

The Four Noble Truths by Ajahn Sumedho - free if available from Amaravati monastery, or access via the link above.                                       

What the Buddha Taught by Rahula Walpola - contains translations of the Sutras and is organised in a way that is easy to understand.            

The Zen Way : Myokyo-ni (available from Amazon )                           

Food for The Heart:The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah Author Jack Kornfield, Foreword by Ajahn Amaro. Ajahn Chah was a highly respected teacher in the Thai Theravada Forest Tradition. Ajahn Chah was Luang Por Sumedho's teacher.                                                                        

The Art of Happiness (A Handbook for Living) : H.H.Dali Lama & Howard C. Cutler. An easy conversational interview with the Dalai Lama.                                                                                                   

Hooked! Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume, edited by Stepanie Kaza (Shambala)                               

Meditation - A Way of Awakening by Ajahn Sucitto (part 1 available as a free download from http://www.cittaviveka.org/talks.htm )

Possible sources of books:                                             www.wisdom-books.com                www.buddhistpublishing.com

  

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RECOMMENDED SITES

Ajahn Chah tradition 
www.forestsangha.org  umbrella site for this and other western branch monasteries in the lineage of Venerable Ajahn Chah. Contains links as well as transcribed Dhamma Talks.

www.dhammatalks.org contains an audio library of MP3 Dhamma talks by various teachers in the Theravadin Forest SanghaTradition.                                     
www.dhammathreads.org distributes
MP3-CDs with talks by various monks and nuns from this and related monasteries.

The Buddhist Society www.thebuddhistsociety.org

Amaravati Monastery www.amaravati.org 

Hartridge Monastery www.hartridgemonastery.org

Chithurst Forest Monastery  www.cittaviveka.org 

Forest Sangha (Theravadin) www.forestsangha.org

Bath Friends of the Western Buddist Order    www.bathwesternbuddhist.com 

The international association of centres of the Sakya and Karma Kagyu traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Dechen was founded by Lama Jampa Thaye under the spiritual authority of Karma Thinley Rinpoche.   www.dechen.org

The International Zen Association.  www.izauk.org 

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