West London Buddhist Centre

Join us for Dharma Day – Sunday 22 July

Published on Jul 9th 2018, in News

The Dharma Day festival is coming up on Sunday 22 July – a chance to engage with the Buddhist tradition in a way that is directly relevant to your life right here and now.

Festival days are a very important part of WLBC’s programme. They bring our sangha (community) together, reinforcing the essential collective aspect of Buddhist practice. They bring confidence and clarity by connecting us to the rich tradition of teaching that goes back to the Buddha and his Enlightenment. They’re an opportunity to reflect on and apply that teaching, and to celebrate its power to bring an end to human suffering. They are meditative and sociable, joyful but with a certain seriousness of intention. In all these ways, they refresh and re-energise our practice.

Traditionally, the Dharma Day festival, celebrated on the full moon day of July, marks the beginning of the rainy season, a period of withdrawal into retreat for more intensive practice and reflection. There may not be much sign of a rainy season in London this July. But as we move into the summer holiday period, it’s a good time to reconsider what’s of real value in life: what our life is about – or what we most deeply want it to be about. What is the ‘golden thread’ of meaning and purpose that runs through our life, so important yet, for many of us, so easily forgotten amid the pressing concerns of daily life?

Dharma Day poster

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In the words of William Stafford:
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.

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

So this Dharma Day, on Sunday 22 June 10.30am-5pm, we’ll follow and attempt to unravel this thread, and share our inspirations through Dharma texts, some short presentations and interaction in small groups. All welcome are welcome to join us – there’s no charge. Full programme here.