FP- Some Good Reasons To Do It (And Some Bad Reasons Not To!)

I can’t remember the first time I heard about Foundation Programme (FP). Maybe it was about the time I found out that the weekly class I was going to was GP (General Programme). FP was for other people and conducted over two evenings a week. Impossible with all my other commitments! (Although, to be fair,…

The Going for Refuge Retreat at Compassion Centre

Beginnings If you’ve been to a Buddhist Meditation Centre you will, in all likelihood, have heard a word often mentioned. It is usually mentioned with great reverence, or a serious, even secret look between those in the know. That word is – ‘retreat’. Upon hearing this word you may have developed the image of a…

Puja Part Two

When I wrote the previous Puja blog I didn’t realise there would be a part two, but find I have much more to say about pujas and sadanas. If a puja is a road, a path, a route; the sadana is a map. Where are we going you might ask, and while one puja might…

Pujas

Recently on the 25th of April we celebrated Offering to the Spiritual Guide, as we always do twice monthly on the 10th and the 25th. I like pujas and find them inspiring, but I never stopped to think much more about then. What exactly is a puja? I think I know. But what do I…

I survived Nyung Na

Recently the annual Nyung Na purification and fasting retreat was held at Compassion Centre and for the first time I participated, with much trepidation. Trepidation? All right terror. Fasting? Forget it. Something however made me want to try. Was I mad? A whole weekend? Why punish myself in this way? The two retreat sessions per…

Restless, contentment, rest

Desires wear us out. We are perpetually on the hunt for something new we want; or something better than what we already have- an upgrade if you will. These desires are often accompanied by a narrative that goes something like this: If I had this person; object; vehicle; holiday, I would be happy. Strange thing…

When did you last enjoy the stillness of your own mind?

A great technique to make our mind peaceful and strong is to read Venerable Geshe-la’s books in an active manner. This means slowing down and reading with a special focus on particular terms, words and phrases, in the text. Since we have recently finished the chapter, ‘The Pre-Eminent Qualities of the Instructions,’ in The New…

Rest and Relaxation

I am tired. More than tired. Exhausted. Again. Recently I bought a new mattress in the hopes of improving the quality of my sleep. From a shop called ‘Dreamland,’ my mattress promised not only a good night’s sleep, but excellent support conforming to the contours of my body with memory foam insuring enhanced comfort and…

New Horizons

In our General Program classes [GP] we began reading the book, ‘The New 8 Steps to Happiness’. A short review of what we were reading follows. The Introduction Every reader will have their own takeaway from the readings – and that is the beauty of reading such profound texts. Still we can observe a theme…