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Next Informal Chat

poetry & more...

Dear All

We had a wonderful chat on Wednesday 02 June on Loving Kindness. It provided a rich conversation on how this theme shows up in our everyday life, as well as through our practices. Hearing how the traditional metta practice has been adapted was both interesting and inspiring.

Wendy, a member of our development group, shared a poem she had written. She has kindly agreed to share it with us:

Loving Kindness

Loving kindness is the breath of life. 
In sending love to all, endless possibilities arise 
A selfless act, benefitting even ourselves 
As Karmic tides ebb and flow 
Loving kindness of a Mother giving birth, 
To nurture, to enable, to benefit another 
Love is free to all, like the air we breathe 
To offer loving kindness to others blesses both 
Loving kindness shown to those in advancing years 
Gives insight into a world of gentleness and hope 
And softens life’s hard corners 
Helping us to cope with the present and to face the future 
Loving kindness given to those who are sick  
Gives companionship during a lonely journey  
Enabling and giving strength to heal 
Focusing our resolve and determination to succeed 
Loving kindness shown at death  
Benefits the dying and our own passage through death 
Creating positive Karmic consequences 
Leading to a favourable transition 
Blessed be Loving Kindness 
[Wendy Barzetovic - 2021]

Our next informal chat will take place on Wednesday 07 July from 07.30 to 08.30pm (UK) and the topic will be Compassion.

We do hope you will be able to join us.
As before, the zoom link will be sent out 24 hours beforehand via our newsletter list.

Further to our call-out for submissions, we are happy to share a short piece from Caroline Starkey - author of Women in British Buddhism: Commitment, Connection, Community

Women in British Buddhism: Commitment, Connection, Community, was published by Routledge (in the Critical Studies in Buddhism series) in 2020. (ISBN 9781138087460). The book is based on several years of ethnographic research, undertaken by Dr Caroline Starkey (University of Leeds) beginning in 2010. The book explores in detail the lives, experiences, and perspectives of twenty-five Buddhist women, connected with the British context, all of whom had made strong commitments to Buddhist groups and each of whom converted to Buddhism in adulthood. [Read more...]

If you have an article, poem or something you would like to share, please do send it across to us for consideration at:

With metta

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