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September Newsletter

'No reason to feel hopeless or helpless' - Buddha Nature


'Buddhism takes a very positive and optimistic view of life and human nature. Each of us has within us the seeds of perfection, the natural and evolving Buddha potentials, and these seeds can be neither stolen nor destroyed. There is no reason for us to ever feel hopeless or helpless. Because our Buddha potential is inseparably within us, there is always a basis for self-confidence and aspiration.
At the moment, our Buddha potential is dormant within us, covered by the clouds of our disturbing attitudes and karmic imprints. Sometimes our Buddha potential is compared to honey surrounded by angry bees, or pure gold wrapped in  impurities. The bees and the impurities, just like our disturbing attitudes and the imprints of actions, are temporary obscurations.
How  do we removes them? By following the path described by the Buddha: cultivating wisdom and compassion.'
Taken from 'Open Heart, Clear Mind' by Thubten Chodron

Buddha Nature with Geshe Tashi 10th-12th October

Geshe Tashi will be exploring the topic of our potential Buddha Nature in his visit to Bath.On Friday evening he will introduce the topic in a public talk, 'Finding our True Potential', which he will examine in greater depth during the week-end teachings. Full details are on the website.
If you are already acquainted with Geshe la, then you won't want to miss this opportunity to connect with him again, after his 'study break'. If you haven't yet had the opportunity to hear him teach, I warmly recommend that you give it a go. He has been teaching in Jamyang London for 20 years now, and so really knows the intricacies of the western mind - all our excuses! His teachings therefore get right to  the heart of the matter, and are completely relevant to our daily lives. He also teaches with great warmth and has a wonderful sense of humour.

Taking Refuge with Geshe Tashi

'Taking Refuge in the Buddhas, the Dharma and the Sangha is the gateway to enter the Buddhist path. Taking refuge implies taking responsibility for our own experience. Our happiness and suffering come from our own attitudes and actions....However, we need to learn how to transform our attitudes and actions; we need others to show us the way to develop good qualities... Taking refuge means turning to the  Buddhas, Dharma and Sangha with confidence that we can improve  and with trust that they will guide us in the proper direction.'
'Open Heart, Clear Mind' by Thubten Chodron

Taking Refuge is essentially a private decision, that sometimes creeps up on us, but it can also be formalised with a short ceremony. Geshe la has offered to give this ceremony during  the session on Sunday 12th October. If anyone is interested in taking this step, please let us know
 

More dates for your diary:

November 12th:  Geshe Kelsang Wangmo - the first female Geshe - teaching on the Buddhist view of Reality, based on the Heart Sutra
December 4th:   Highly respected and very accessible Tibetan teacher  Geshe Sherab talking on 'Compassion' (probably) - perfect in the run-up to Christmas.
2015 March 13th-15th: Ven Robina Courtin: (topic to be decided)

More details on all of these events to follow - but put them in your diary now so as not to miss out.
We will keep you up to date as we approach these and other visits.
 


Regular classes: 'Making Life Meaningful'

'Let us reflect on what is truly of value in life, what gives meaning to our lives, and set our priorities on the basis of that' HH Dalai Lama
What is truly of value, and are our current priorities reflective of this?
This course continues on Wednesday evenings through to the end of November - details on  the website.
Drop in if you like to challenge and be challenged.

Creating the Life you Really Want

This seemed to be particularly relevant and helpful, from our sister organisation, the Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom          

PS

Thanks to all  those who participated in our community event in August. It was an inspiring occasion, sharing our visions of the future direction of Jamyang Bath, and, more challenging, but therefore more interesting, what might be the first steps in getting there. More info to follow, but if you have any thoughts on the subject, please get in touch.
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