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November Newsletter

Compassion


'It is my fundamental conviction that compassion - the natural capacity of the human heart to feel concern for and connection with another being - constitutes a basic aspect of our nature shared by all human beings, as well as being the foundation for our happiness. In this respect, there is not an iota of difference between a believer and a non-believer, nor between people of one race or another. All ethical teachings, whether religious or nonreligious, aim to nurture this innate and precious quality, to develop it and perfect it.
The great religions have the power to lift our hearts and raise our minds to an elevated expanse of joy and understanding through their shared teachings on compassion'
H H Dalai Lama 'Towards a True Kinship of Faiths'

Compassion with Geshe Sherab: 3rd December

Destroying the ‘inner terrorist’

‘Love and compassion ... this is the only lasting solution to hatred, bigotry and terrorism.
Rules and regulations can bring only temporary outer peace. If there is hatred and the feeling of revenge inside man’s mind, it is bound to come out some time and then outer peace will disappear. Real peace has to come from a person’s mind.’

Geshe Sherab, who is fluent in English, knows how to relate to the western mind when teaching the Dharma. He's warm-hearted; generous; accessible; articulate and humorous with an enthusiastic intellect which relishes difficult questions. Born in Nepal in 1967 of Tibetan parents, Geshe Sherab was accepted by Lama Yeshe to be a novice monk at Kopan Monastery, Nepal. He completed his Geshe studies at Sera Je Monastic University and Gyume Tantric College. He became Headmaster of Kopan Monastery and currently teaches at the FPMT centre in Santa Fe, New Mexico and internationally.
This is his first visit to the UK, and he comes highly recommended for the relevance of his teachings.
Come along and have your heart uplifted and your mind raised.

Wednesday 3rd December 7.30pm
Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution, 16–18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN.
Suggested donation to cover costs: £7 at the door

 

Don't forget your spa day for  the mind:

 

Making Life Meaningful retreat day: Sun 30th November 11.00 - 4.00


What better way to prepare for the sometimes bruising festive season than to bask in a day of meditation with warm friends and a delicious lunch, all in the beautiful surroundings of Laurel Farm.

Join us as we reflect on what is truly of value in our lives, and how we can make this more manifest in our daily dealings with others.

Suggested donation to cover costs £10, and please bring vegetarian food to share for lunch. Tea and coffee provided.
 

Regular Classes

Our regular weekly classes, Making Life Meaningful, finish for the year on Wednesday 26th November.

We will restart with a new Discovering Buddhism module on Wednesday 7th January, when we will be exploring the topic 'How to Relate to a Spiritual Teacher' led by Andy Wistreich and Shan Tate.
NB: Due to Andy's other teaching commitments, this module will be taught every week for 6 weeks (excepting 14th January), rather than fortnightly as previous modules have been taught.

On Wednesday 25th February, we plan to start a new 6 week meditation course: 'Opening the Heart', aimed at developing qualities of love, compassion, joy and balance.

All of our regular classes are suitable for people who are new to Buddhism, and also those who wish to deepen their experience within a lively and supportive community. It is more productive if you can attend the complete course each time, but it is also fine to drop in when your circumstances allow.

More dates for your diary:


2015
Wednesday Jan 14th: Ven Amy Miller: Awakening Mindfulness: Practical Approaches to Creating a Healthy Spiritual Life
Fri - Sun Feb 27th-Mar 1st: Geshe Tashi: Karma: How we Create our own Reality
Fri - Sun 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.

Ven Amy Miller            Geshe Tashi                   Ven Robina Courtin

NB: parking in Bath can be very difficult and expensive so it may be easier to travel by public transport, or Park & Ride. All the venues are in  the centre of town. Further details of parking or transport can be found here
We would still love a volunteer to help us with our technical challenges. If you would like to help, even for a short time, please contact Sandra: Tel: 01373 670 985, or admin@jamyangbath.org.uk. Just to walk us through a challenge the  first time would be great. Thanks.
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Jamyang Bath Buddhist Group is affiliated to the FPMT
Spiritual Director: Lama Zopa Rinpoche
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