West London Buddhist Centre

Dharma Day

Published in Buddhist Events & Festivals, Calendar for all events, Sangha Events

  • Sun Jul 22nd 2018
  • 10:30 am
  • 5:00 pm
  • Booking not required
  • No charge, donations welcome

One day you catch a glimpse of something, perhaps come across a person, text or image, and you just know there is something important for you there to explore and follow through. Something that will lead you from a more narrow perspective into vastness, from feeling isolated to feeling connected, from feeling tense and agitated to relaxed and open. William Stafford’s poem below expresses it well.

The Way It Is

There’s a thread you follow. It goes among
things that change. But it doesn’t change.
People wonder about what you are pursuing.
You have to explain about the thread.
But it is hard for others to see.
While you hold it you can’t get lost.
Tragedies happen; people get hurt
or die; and you suffer and get old.
Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding.
You don’t ever let go of the thread.
– William Stafford

The Dharma is sometimes described as both the Path and the Goal, and the golden thread of the Dharma can lead you to a treasure trove of spiritual riches and transcendental qualities, into a space beyond concepts and words.

The Buddha puts it, conversely, as follows:  “It is from not understanding and penetrating this Dharma that people have become like a tangle of string covered in mould and matted like grass, unable to escape from samsara with its miseries, disasters and bad destinies.”

On Dharma Day we will follow and attempt to unravel this thread, and share our inspirations through Dharma texts, some short presentations and interaction in small groups.

Programme

10.30am-1pm Meditation with some input from texts
1-2pm Lunch – please bring something vegan to share
2-3.30pm The Dharma as our source of inspiration. Exploration with texts, discussion and reflection.
3.30-4pm Tea break
4-5pm Short meditation and puja

Yashobodhi and team

Death of Urgyen Sangharakshita (26 August 1925 – 30 October 2018) Founder of the Triratna Buddhist Order and Community

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