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February Newsletter

 Geshe Tashi's upcoming visit 

'Karma:  How we Create our own Reality'

Friday 27th February, 7.30pm - 9.00pm 

Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HN 
Suggested donation to cover costs: £7 at the door

Sat 28th February and Sun 1st March, 10.00am - 5.00pm

Tovey Hall, Bath Central United Reformed Church, 7 Grove Street, Bath, BA2 6PJ 
Suggested donation to cover costs: £25 for the weekend/£15 per day at the door.
Tea/coffee provided. 

Geshe Tashi

 

Geshe-la will introduce the topic in a public talk on the Friday evening, then explore it in greater depth over the week-end through a series of presentations, meditations, questions and discussion.

Geshe Tashi has been the resident teacher of Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London since 1994. He teaches in English and is renowned for the warmth, clarity and humour with which he makes complex subjects accessible to Western Students. Besides Jamyang, he is a regular guest lecturer at other Buddhist centres in the UK and around the world as well as creator and teacher of the Foundation of Buddhist Thought, the two-year course on the basics of Tibetan Buddhism.

More details on our website
 
NB Sunday 1st March is the date of the Bath Half Marathon, which will seriously disrupt travel options, as many roads will be closed, parking impossible and public transport busy. Details of what is available here. Tell Bath Half stewards that you are with Jamyang Bath, and they'll let you through. Also it might be a good idea to bring a  packed lunch that day - an estimated 30,000 hungry spectators will be in the streets and in the cafes.

The irony of this and the topic is not lost on us
 
"What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: our life is the creation of our mind."
The Buddha (Dhammapada)

 

Ven. Robina Courtin teaches on
‘Living a Life True to Yourself’

Friday 13th March, 7.30pm – 9.00pm 

Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HN
Suggested donation to cover costs: £7 at the door
NB Space for this event is limited. Please get there early to ensure a place. Doors open at 7.00pm
 

Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th March 10.00am - 5.00 pm

Tovey Hall, Bath Central United Reformed Church, 7 Grove Street, Bath, BA2 6PJ
Suggested donation to cover costs: £25 for the weekend/£15 per day at the door.
Tea/coffee provided.


 
Ven Robina returns to help us reflect on what we truly value, and what we need to do to live a life that embodies those values. 

The words sound easy, but the application of them, once we start to unpack the ideas, is incredibly difficult. We need to ask, “what do I want?” and “what is the right thing to do?” And we need to be really brave. The deeper we look inside, the more we’ll aspire to do what is most beneficial, and the greater courage we’ll have to make the right choices. I can think of few people better equipped to guide us through this topic

.If you haven't yet heard Ven Robina teach, don't miss this wonderful opportunity.Find out more
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f you can't make thses dates, or just want to hear more, Ven Robina is teaching elsewhere in the UK on this visit. Details on our website
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

Help Jamyang Bath to Grow with Tara

 

Last month we shared our dream of growing Jamyang Bath. We want to make the teachings on  wisdom and compassion available to more people,and to develop these qualities together through study, meditation and discussion. Most importantly, we sincerely want to continue bringing teachers, of great experience and quality,  like Geshe Tashi and Ven Robina, to share their gifts with the people of Bath and beyond. 

As we said then, we believe all this is achievable, but we have a way to go. 

So here's one way that you can help.

Buddhist teachings emphasise the immense value of positive energy ('merit') to help realise our aims, and a powerful way to develop this is by reciting Tara mantras. Tara is a Buddha,an enlightened being who symbolises enlightened activity, and specifically is believed to eliminate obstacles and bring success. 

Inspired by the success of Land of Joy, our sister retreat centre, we would like to request that, if it has any meaning for you, you undertake to recite a mala (108) of Tara mantras daily, and dedicate the positive energy you develop to the success of Jamyang Bath in realising our aims, for the benefit of all.

If you are happy to do this, please let us know by email,  and we will start counting. It should only take a couple of minutes each day, but will make such a difference. 

If only 15 people made this pledge, we could recite over  half a million mantras in one year. Let's  do it!

And don't forget, keep coming to our classes and events, and tell your friends by word of mouth, forwarding the newsletter or by Facebook. 

Regular Classes

Meditation  'Opening the Heart'


‘Opening the Heart’ is a new meditation course is aimed at developing qualities of love, compassion, joy and balance. 
 
Join us in this 6 week introduction to the practice of developing a loving and balanced heart, through a series of short guided meditations and discussions. Using a secular presentation of meditations from the Buddhist tradition, it will suit anyone, regardless of belief or previous meditation experience.
 
They are taught as the perfect complement to Mindfulness techniques. A course on developing Compassion and Joy will follow later in the year.
 
Classes are held at New Oriel Hall in Larkhall, Bath, BA1 6RA, from 7.45 pm till 9.15 pm.  More details on our website
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.

Retreat at Land of Joy 


And speaking of Land of Joy (which we were earlier), if you would like to experience the joy of a retreat in the beautiful countryside of Northumberland, have a look at their first retreat programme, beginning in May. 

They welcome people wishing to replenish their energy,who want to have a first taste of retreat, and those seeking to develop their Buddhist understanding, allowing each one to return to daily life with renewed focus and joy.

Only when you do retreat do you see your mind, see yourself.’ Lama Zopa Rinpoche
 

Volunteers

We have recently revamped our website to provide more information on who we are and what we do. We hope you like it, but welcome feedback if you can help us to improve it.

A huge thank you to Simon Moss for so generously volunteering to design and run our original site for more than 5 years. Thank you so much - it was wonderful working with you.

And now big thanks to Andrew Elliot for his patient work on our getting our new site up and running. Onward and upward!

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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