Services: Every Wednesday evening, 7:30pm at The Wheel of Life, 6 North Malvern Road,
Coffee, Cake and Dharma Talks
Over a cup of tea and a piece of cake. I'll introduce the morning with a short talk, and then we'll have time for discussion. These will be held at our home, do get in touch if you'd like to come along, we'd love to see you.
All-Day Drop-In Chanting Retreat
Saturday 21st September
10am - 4pm (or drop in) at The Wheel of Life, North Malvern Road, 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 of £70 & 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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