Sunday 4th July 10 - 4pm
Acharya Modgala of the Amida Trust and Ani Jinpa Khandro (Beatrice Jutta Gassner), one of the Founder Members of Sakyadhita UK, would like to introduce Sakyadhita and invite you to a 'Council of Buddhist Women' with the aim to explore ways of mutual benefit in working together on an international and national level. Non-buddhist women who are sympathetic friends are also welcome.'Good Companionship is the Whole of the Spiritual Life' (Buddha)
How does spiritual friendship differ from other forms of relationships – what does it mean, and how can it encourage and support us as daughters of the buddha?
'Sitting in Council' involves sitting in a circle exploring issues that are meaningful and relevant to us. A 'talking object' is passed around, giving each person the opportunity to listen and speak from the heart. In this way we can not only hear the spoken words but that which emerges in the spaces between them, as well as the quiet voice within the stillness of our own hearts. Following from that we can look at ways of working together and supporting each other. There is the aspect of being nourished, but also to gently go beyond our comfort zone in an environment that is safe enough. From sharing our stories we will follow the threads that are emerging – weaving them together creatively. There will also be time for reflection, meditation and chanting. Prior to the AGM