Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Parinirvana celebrations tonight

You are welcome to come to the Tuesday 19th February meditation class at the Millbridge room in Hertford for a celebration of the Buddhist festival of Parinirvana, the final passing away of the Buddha to complete and perfect Enlightenment.

There will be readings of stories from the last days of the Buddha, we will chant mantras and, of course practise meditation.

It'll be a different evening from the usual format, so see you on Tuesday,

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Article about metta bhavana (loving kindness) meditation

I found this great article about the metta via my friends at the Hornchurch Buddhist Group http://hornchurchbuddhistgroup.org.uk/ .

The article is an excerpt from Kamalashila's book on meditation. Kamalashila is a very experienced and highly respected meditation teacher in Triratna.

Sitting barefoot under a tree is optional!

Metta Bhavana Meditation: Goodwill, Loving-kindness
metta bhavana
brief description
Here’s a brief description of the stages of the Metta Bhavana practice to give an idea. Then follows a more detailed explanation. After that, we’ll discuss some related issues. 
Prepare for the meditation. Sit quietly, settle down, connect with your body and with whatever you are feeling and thinking. 

  • cultivate metta for yourself. Consider your life and experience how it feels to be you. Feel the truth of your experience, perhaps joyous, perhaps sad. Acknowledging whatever feelings are present, wish yourself happiness. Maybe say to yourself, ‘May I be well and happy'. Then just keep re-setting your attention back on to that wish. (5+ minutes.) 
  • For the rest of the article visit


Friday, 8 February 2013

After a year or two of inactivity, we have started to update this blog again. We hope to update it fairly frequently, or at least much more frequently than before.

You might find the resources page of particular interest. There are a few documents, which you might find useful, including one about "Saluting the Shrine".