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Here we are in Autumn and welcoming the change in season and colours in nature. We are happy to bring you our latest news and share other items of interest.

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  • Right Speech & our monthly chat
  • Other news
  • Meet the team
  • Poetry Corner
with Metta
on behalf of Sakyadhita UK

Our monthly chats on zoom have been an hour's deep dive into the chosen topic and we have found them interesting, informative as well as insightful.

The next chat will be on Wednesday 20 October at 7.30pm (UK time) on the topic of: Right Speech (from the Noble Eightfold Path and one of the five precepts for ethical conduct).

As always, the link for the Zoom room will be sent the day before via the mailing list.

During our last chat, this was mentioned by one of the guests and it seemed an obvious choice.

In a world of varying narratives and rhetoric, right speech can be something that trips us all from time to time.

There are posts on our Facebook page if you feel inclined to get the conversation going a little earlier. Below we are also sharing a few items to understand this a little further.

In the Tibetan Buddhist Encyclopedia you will find an entry from our development group member Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes.

Also from Bodhicarini Upasika:

Ajivatthamaka Sila (Eight Precepts with Right Livelihood as the Eighth)
In Theravada Buddhism there are two versions of the Eight Precepts: Atthangika Uposatha Sila (Eight Uposatha Precepts) and Ajivatthamaka Sila (Eight Precepts with Right Livelihood as the Eighth).

The Ajivatthamaka Sila builds upon the framework of Panca Sila (The Five Precepts). It expands the Fourth Precept of the Panca Sila (The Five Precepts) to specify the four types of wrong speech from which a lay disciple should abstain.

Ajivatthamaka Sila (The Eight Precepts with Right Livelihood as the Eighth)
1) Panatipata veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the Precept to refrain from killing and injuring living beings

2) Adinnadana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the Precept to refrain from taking that which is not given

3) Kamesu micchacara veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the Precept to refrain from excessive sensuality

4) Musavada veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the Precept to refrain from false and harmful speech

5) Pisuna vaca veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the Precept to refrain from backbiting

6) Pharusa vaca veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the Precept to refrain from using harsh or abusive speech

7) Samphappalapa veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the Precept to refrain from useless or meaningless conversation

8) Micchajiva veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the Precept to refrain from wrong means of livelihood

You may also appreciate this article via Tricycle Magazine
Four excerpts on right speech from the suttas:

Excerpt 1: summarises four things to give up - lying, divisive speech, harsh speech, and talking nonsense (frivolous chatter).
Excerpt 2: examples of frivolous chatter
Excerpt 3: ten topics of conversation
Excerpt 4: gives advice about speaking what is factual (bhūtaṁ), true (tacchaṁ), and useful / connected to the goal (atthasaṁhitaṁ). 
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Venerable Bhikkhuni Kusuma 1929-2021

Venerable Bhikhuni Kusuma died aged 92 in August 2021.

Venerable Bhikkhuni Kusuma became the first Sri Lankan Bhikkhuni in 1000 years in
1996, when she received Bhikkhuni ordination in a dual ordination ceremony in
Sarnath India. She gave Dhamma talks and spoke at Conferences around the world.
She founded the Ayya Khema International Meditation Centre in Horana in Sri
Lanka. She was involved in Sakyadhita.

Bhikkhuni Kusuma was invited to Ketumati Buddhist Vihara [Manchester] in 2007.
She delivered a sermon on the Four Noble Truths on the evening of Friday 6th July
2007 at the Vihara premises and led a valuable day of mediation and Dhamma talks
at the Unitarian Chapel, Oldham on Saturday 7th July 2007. BGKT Buddhist group of Kendal (Theravada) participated at the Saturday event.

Photograph of Venerable Bhikkhuni Kusuma (first Sri Lankan Bhikkhuni in 1000
years) and Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes (first Bodhicari outside the
USA) 7.7.2007 at Ketumati Buddhist Vihara’s day of practice.

“Once again Bhikkhuni Kusuma visits Ketumati”, Ketumati Buddhist Vihara
[Manchester] Newsletter, (Spring and Summer 2007) page 12.

Link to further reading

Introducing another member of our development team
- Claralynn Nunamaker -

Currently my role in Sakyadhita UK is that of chair and webmaster. Long aware of obstacles to practice faced by women in Buddhism, I became a lifetime member of Sakyadhita International in 2003 and was enthusiastic about helping re-form the UK group in 2020.

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The following poems were written by our development group member, Wendy Barzetovic, for the past two informal online chats. She has kindly agreed to share them here.


Be aware, breathe, feel, see the moment’s preciousness, 
Experience Joy 
Be tender and accepting of our feelings 
Offer the gentle space of Joy 
Let go of aversion, clinging, ignorance 
Manifest Joy 
Cultivate Love, Generosity, Compassion 
Inherit Joy 
When Love meets Happiness 
Joy develops 
Have Gratitude 
Awaken Joy 
Let go of commoditised happiness  
Experience Unconditional Joy 
Equally value ourselves and others 
Develop interconnected Joy 
Dispense of habitual negativity 
Choose Appreciative joy 
Develop unconditional Joy 
Gain inexhaustible Joy 
The awakened Heart  
Expresses Joy 
Live in the present 
Joy arises 
Overcome competitive attitudes and jealousy 
Apply the antidote of Joy 
Go beyond yourself  
Practice Sympathetic Joy 
The mind of one with selfless thoughts 
Gives Joy through their words and actions 
Emerge from the dark night of ignorance 
Be in Joy 
Delight in the beauty and goodness of things 
Live joy 
Cultivating Joy in others good fortune 
 Multiply Joy 
Gain insight, see Truth and Wholesomeness 
Open a wellspring of Joy 
Share the merit of others good deeds 

© Wendy Barzetovic - August 2021 

Know that equanimity is not indifference or withdrawal  
But acceptance of the world as it is  
Full of wars, floods, happiness and anger 
Interact anyway. 
Do what we can to help and then  
Just be aware, when life plays out  
Pause with the experience of inconvenience 
With a mind that is still  
Without judgment, be patient 
As a mountain is unmoved by the wind and rain 
React not, less we lose our calm radiance 
Furnish compassion with courage through the practice of equanimity 
Re-enforce practice with mindfulness of cause and effect 
Abide beyond our preferences 
Accepting other beings as they are  
Be in Peace 
One day all will be free 

© Wendy Barzetovic - September 2021
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