Silent Meditation Day: Sunday 29th April (10.30am-4.30pm)
A day of sitting and walking meditation. Please arrive before the doors close a 10.30am. Participants are asked to commit to the full day (alternate 35 minute sittings with 10-minutes slow walking). Individual instruction for beginners can be given on request. Please bring vegetarian lunch to share. Light refreshments will be provided.
Open Afternoon Thursday 3rd May (2.00-3.30pm)
The afternoon will begin with a 15-minute rare documentary film of HH the Dalai Lama during his final Geshe Examinations in Lhasa, Tibet, from the summer of 1958 to February 1959.
This will be followed by a 40-minute film of HH the Dalai Lama giving teachings in Dharamsala, India, in 2015. The topics he covers are based on the understanding that selflessness is the means to liberation. He also talks about memory and remembering past lives. In particular, however, he focuses on the happiness that is to do with the mind. ‘If happiness were in externals,’ he says, ‘then those same external things would give happiness to everyone, but they don’t. The individual, therefore, plays a role in it.’ He finally refers to modern science, psychology, ancient Indian thought, and the importance of love and compassion beyond discrimination. The session will be followed by discussion and tea. All welcome.
Beyond Mindfulness with Mahesi Caplan Saturday 5th May, and 2nd June, 2.00-4.00pm
The second and third talks in a series of three consecutive classes covering a mixture of teaching, discussion, short periods of practice and tea breaks that will give us the chance to meet each other. This next class will be reviewing some of the core teachings of the tradition; and the third will cover those maps that can help us navigate through the territory of the awakening process.
How Can We Know If Something is True?
A Dhamma talk by Bhante Bodhidhamma: Sunday 13th May (3.00-5.00pm)
Bhante will today lead a short meditation followed by a dhamma talk, a question and answer session, and tea. [In 1986 Bhante Bodhidhamma was ordained into the Theravada tradition at the Birmingham Buddhist Vihara. He travelled extensively around the world and taught in many places in Britain. In 2007 he set up the Satipanya Buddhist Centre in Wales, where he now resides, and which runs retreats devoted to vipassana insight meditation in the tradition of Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma.]
Three afternoon Dhamma talks/Sitting meditation Sessions with Ajahn Subhaddo
to be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 25th, 26th and 27th May at 2.30-4.00pm each day
A Theravada monk of many years in the Ajahn Sumedho lineage, Ajahn Subhaddo who also has a strong background in Zen training, is a unique and established dhamma practitioner. Everybody is welcome to attend all sessions or individual sessions. Each session will include a period of sitting meditation, a dhamma talk and a question and answer period, followed by tea. Please bring questions about your own practice or about Buddhism in general.
Hall Clean-up: Saturday 16th June (2.00-4.00pm)
If you would like to lend a hand (with even just a little job) it would be very much appreciated. Just pop in whenever convenient to you during the clean-up time and you will receive a warm welcome.
Feel free to use the Golden Buddha Centre library during the following opening times. If you would like to borrow books, please enquire about membership. Otherwise, the library can be used freely for reference purposes, or for reading and studying books in the comfortable surroundings of the centre. This is a unique and well-stocked library in its early stages of development.
Library Times: Thursdays 12noon-2.00pm; Fridays 12.30pm-2.30pm; Saturdays 11.00am-1.00pm
Buddhist Events at the Golden Buddha Centre, The Grove, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5EP