Services: Every Wednesday evening, 7:30pm at The Wheel of Life, 6 North Malvern Road,
The Buddhist Approach to...
Saturday morning talks and discussions about a variety of topics at our home in Malvern. Next, a Buddhist Approach to Not Getting What You Want on the 22nd of February. Then 29th of March and 26th of April. Do get in touch if you'd like to come along.
All-Day Drop-In Chanting Retreat
Saturday 15th of March
10am - 4pm (or drop in) at The Quaker Meeting House, Malvern.
We will chant 'Namo Amida Bu' continuously, letting the tune change as it wants to change, and alternating between twenty minutes of sitting and twenty minutes of slow walking.
'Namo Amida Bu' (or the nembutsu) is at the heart of Pureland Buddhism. It is a way of reminding ourselves of our little fallible human selves (Namo) and connecting with Amida Buddha, the Buddha of infinite light and life, who accepts us 'just as we are'. It can also be seen as a calling out to something 'ineffable', or as a way of expressing gratitude.
You don't need to have any experience of chanting or to be a Buddhist to join us - you're very welcome to come and sit at the back and experience the chanting, or to join in for as long as you like. You don't have to be good at singing! Children (as long as young children have someone with them) are very welcome.
People have different experiences of joining in prolonged chanting in this way. You might have thoughts or feelings as you chant, or get absorbed into the sounds or the words. You might feel a connection with the other people in the room, whether you know them or not. You might feel very ordinary and wonder about what you're going to have for dinner. It is often a very joyful experience.
There will be a bowl for donations on the day to cover the room cost & drinks & snacks. Suggested donation £15 for the whole day or £4 if you drop in (or whatever you can afford). Simple food and drink will be available throughout the day. If you're able to bring some food along as a donation do let us know.
We hope to see you there!
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