There will be an extra guided meditation session during the Stress Awareness days for staff at Newcastle University. It will be at 10:30 am on Wednesday 3 November and will be held in the Kirton Room in 9 Kensington Terrace.
There will also be an exhibition part of the Stress Awareness event in the first floor linkbuilding in Park Terrace and there will be signs outside Kensington Terrace on the day.
May 4 - Pureland Service & Sutra Study May 11 - Pureland service & lesson from the Introduction to Pureland Buddhism series
May 18- Pureland Service & Sutra study May 25 - An evening of Dance and Chanting June 1 - Pureland service & lesson from the Introduction to Pureland Buddhism series June 8 - Pureland Service & Sutra Study
June 15 - Pureland service & lesson from the Introduction to Pureland Buddhism series June 22 - Dance/Pureland service June 29 (No meeting) July 6 - Pureland Service followed by Gathering
After the Summer Break Meetings recommence on Tuesday September 7th
We will be in Narborough, at the Bodhi Retreat. During this time Rachel Abel will be ordained as a Buddhist priest in the Amida Order - a Ganko-sha. Please keep her in your thoughts, particularly on December 9th between 7:30 and 9 am.
Amida Newcastle meetings resume on the evening of January 5th 2010.
For some, [the] task of coming back a thousand or ten thousand times in meditation may seem boring or even of questionable importance. But how many times have we gone away from the reality of our life? Perhaps a million or ten million times! If we wish to awaken, we have to find our way back here with our full being, our full attention. In this way, meditation is very much like training a puppy. You put the puppy down and say, Stay. Does the puppy listen? It gets up and runs away. You sit the puppy back down again. Stay. And the puppy runs away over and over again. Sometimes the puppy jumps up, runs over ad pees in the corner or makes some other mess. Our minds are much the same as the puppy, only they create even bigger messes. In training the mind, or the puppy, we have to start over and over again.