On 15th September SanghaSeva and London Insight will be jointly offering a day of volunteering at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, together with meditation and reflection.
Details and booking information are on the SanghaSeva website.
We always wanted to complement our support for the Khuphuka project by providing opportunities for people to do socially and environmentally useful work that benefits our own city, within a context of Buddhist practice. So we were delighted when Zohar Lavie and Nathan Glyde, founders of SanghaSeva, invited us to join with them in offering this event. Zohar and Nathan have much experience of facilitating events that combine meditation with service to the community. Please see their website for details.
SanghaSeva is part of the engaged Buddhism movement, which promotes spiritual practice that is outward-looking and socially aware as well as being concerned with personal insight and freedom. The term engaged Buddhism was coined by Thich Nhat Hanh, but of course the practice is far older. According to the sources we have, the Buddha himself attempted to mediate between warring kingdoms and was concerned with social reform.
We are aware that many members of the London Insight community already offer much that is generous and useful in the course of your working and personal lives. However we also see value in coming together as a group to practise together and discuss the experience from an insight perspective.
As well as Zohar and Nathan, a growing list of Gaia House teachers lead SanghaSeva events, and we hope that our earth care day on 15th September will be the start of a flourishing programme of engagement in the city.
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