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Dear Subscriber

At the time of penning this newsletter, we had been experiencing soaring temperatures which were leaving many of us gasping for a breath of fresh air. That's changed and we are now seeing Storm Evert here in the UK. We hope wherever you may be, that you are well and enjoying the summer so far (despite the weather).


This offering is more of a bumper read and brings you:

  • Details of our informal chat on 11 August
  • Meet the Team - introducing another member of our development team
  • Other news - items that may be of interest to our readers
  • Poem on Compassion

Hoping we get to meet either virtually online or through your interaction on our Facebook page.

with Metta

Claire
on behalf of Sakyadhita UK

 




As many of you are aware, we have been hosting an informal chat on Zoom once a month. Currently we are covering the Brahma Viharas and the next topic is: Joy

Join us on Wednesday 11 August at 7.30pm (UK) for an hour.

The Zoom link will be shared via the newsletter mailing list the day before, so be sure to check your inbox if you wish to join us.


Introducing another member of our Development Team - Sue Bloy ...


 

I have been Treasurer of Sakyadhita UK since it was set up in 2007 and I have been involved with Buddhism since the mid 1970s when I was at university in Birmingham.

I was born and brought up in the backwater of rural East Anglia and early in my teenage years I became disillusioned [continue reading]




On 24 August 2021 we celebrate the 125th birth anniversary in Sri Lanka of Venerable Dr Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Mahanayaka Thera Aggamaha Pandita Abhidhaja Maharatthaguru DLitt DLitt.

He became a novice Bhikkhu [Monk] in 1911 and received higher ordination in 1916. He died a world famous influential Bhikkhu in Sri Lanka on 18 July 1998 at 101. [Read more]



Photo: Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) BGKT at the London Buddhist Vihara in December 1985.


Kagyu Samye Dzong London
Will be hosting an 8-week online event with Lama Zangmo on the topic of: Impermanence, Death and Dying. The course, which begins Sunday 12 September, will be based on the text by Karma Lingpa 'The Root Verses of the Six Bardos'. Booking deadline is 08 September. 

More details can be found here



17th Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women
Will be held online 26-28 December 2021
Save the date in your diaries now!
To receive information you may sign-up here

 

At July's informal chat, Development Team member Wendy shared the following poem. She has given permission for it to be reproduced here.

Compassion
 
The practice of compassion,
Innate, amidst the murky depths of ignorance
Stirs, when confronted with a child who is hurt or sad, wishing to relieve that pain with kindness, sensitivity and understanding,
To bond, to share, stirring higher level feelings, rising above the initial hurt
The power of a being to recognize another’s needs and suffering,
Is but a reflection of our own potential to suffer
The discomfort of compassion drives us to alleviate others suffering with charity, warmth, and consideration
Embrace the discomfort and the quivering heart and let it power us on to awareness of others sufferings, that we may alleviate them where possible with gentleness and warmth
Be aware of our shrinking back from suffering due to fear and intolerance, instead watch our response and calm those responses with the balm of tolerance, generosity and love
Tease out the fibre of our humanity, knitting it into compassion
Aspiring to sympathy, warmth and generosity of spirit in relieving the suffering of other beings
Seeds of kindness become more prolific within the individual and grow and bear fruit over time
Helping one let go of one’s own harmful negative emotions
This is the substance of Bodhisattvas.
 
 
© Wendy Barzetovic
 
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