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A season for giving

Thursday, October 09, 2014

No, this isn’t about Christmas shopping, though tinsel and cards are creeping steadily into all the shops (and why not?) Autumn in the Theravada Buddhist tradition is the season for the alms-giving festival of Kathina, which comes at the end of the three-month Vassa or Rains retreat. Cittaviveka (Chithurst) monastery held their ceremony on October 26th. Amaravati, and the London Buddhist Vihara, celebrate on November 2nd; other establishments have been, or will be, celebrating during October and November.

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Christina’s annual London Insight weekend

We count ourselves very privileged that Christina Feldman, who co-founded Gaia House and is equally influential at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, has taught for London Insight since the very beginnings of the organisation. It’s delightful to welcome her back for the weekend of 14th and 15th November. This year, the format of the weekend is a little different from those in past years: if you read on, we’ll try to explain why.

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Buddhist chaplaincy in prisons

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

You may well have come across the story of Angulimala, the reformed murderer who became one of the Buddha’s most devoted disciples. But you may not know that Angulimala is also the name of a charity which arranges Buddhist chaplaincy in UK prisons.

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Welcome again to Bhante Bodhidhamma

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Bhante Bodhidhamma has been leading a meditation day for us once a year, usually in October, for many years now. We’re very pleased that he visits us again on October 26th, and look forward to another opportunity of hearing his immensely knowledgeable teaching, seeing his joyful smile, and laughing at the jokes with which his words are always sweetened.

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Could you be our new Director?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

London Insight is currently recruiting for a new Director to lead the organisation. We have been really lucky, ever since our small beginnings, to have had some remarkable people in this post, all of whom have stayed on for several years and worked hard and effectively to nurture our gradual growth and development. But - of course - impermanence is the only constant in life and work, and it’s once again time to look around for someone who would be happy and effective in this voluntary role.

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Manchester Buddhist Convention

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

It may seem rather odd for a London-based organisation to be drawing attention to a Northern event, but we think that many of our Sangha might well be interested in the aims and activities of the Manchester Buddhist Convention, even if unable to attend their day conference on the 11th October.

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Starting out

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Autumn is a time of new beginnings, in learning and activities: as we settle down to the idea of winter and the darkening evenings, we might want to concentrate on something different, perhaps something that we’ve been meaning to take up for a while. If, for you, that activity is beginning or developing a meditation practice, you might want to attend our Beginners Evening, led by Caroline Jones, on the evening of the 16th October. Caroline has a great deal of experience in teaching short courses and retreats for those who are new to sitting practice, and has a lovely gentle approach that takes account of all viewpoints and situations.

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Dharma Contemplation

Saturday, August 16, 2014

One of the most interesting and innovative events in our Autumn programme is the Dharma Contemplation weekend to be led by Gregory Kramer from Friday October 10th to Sunday October 12th.

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Be prepared: meditation sessions for a Scout and Guide camp

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Anthea West writes a personal note on her recent week leading meditation ‘taster’ sessions at Wings2014, a vast camp in Windsor Great Park for 6000 youngsters and 1000 staff.

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Self-help for a quiet month

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

August is a quiet month for London Insight, as teachers, organisers and retreatants alike disappear on holiday or need to spend more time with families, and many of our venues are unavailable. So this may be a good time to remind our readers of the many spiritual resources available online and completely free.

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Tara Brach comes to London

Monday, July 28, 2014

Tara Brach is speaking in September at an event organised by Alternatives. London Insight is not directly involved, but we thought many of our Sangha would want to know this. She speaks on ‘True Refuge’ at St James Church, Piccadilly from 7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. on September 15th.

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Annual picnic - Sunday 3rd August

Thursday, July 17, 2014

You are very warmly invited to join us for our annual picnic.  This year we’re meeting in Hyde Park, by the Serpentine.

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Texts - and one image - from Stephen Batchelor’s meditation day

Monday, July 07, 2014

During his recent meditation day, Stephen made reference to numerous texts, Buddhist and otherwise, plus one intriguing image of the Buddha.  Please read on for links and references to these.

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New samatha group for the autumn in SW London

Friday, July 04, 2014

Clare Brunt, chair of London Insight, will be facilitating a small samatha study and practice group on Monday evenings in the autumn.  The group will focus on practices and teachings from Rob Burbea.

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New Buddhist Insight Network newsletter now online

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

As ever, the latest newsletter brings an inspiring mix of news, mostly from North America.  You can dip into news of some of the valuable initiatives happening across the Atlantic here.

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