November Newsbyte


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Came back from my travels with a virus that seems to be doing the rounds – cold, lost voice, tickly cough. Sound familiar. Anyway, I always go to my homeopath for this sort of thing and she puts me right in no time. I happen to say I rarely go down with a cold. She corrected me and pointed out I’ve been coming every year about this time with something!  I told her I’m confounded how I forget. She said that’s why she writes everything down. ‘People forget.’

How easily we forget unpleasant situation when we don’t tag an emotional importance onto them.



 Karuna Book: Every morning at puja we call the names of those who a sick /dying or having a hard time. 

Mudita Book: Every evening at puja we call the names of those who have something to rejoice about. 


Contemplating Relations, Friends, Acquaintances and Spiritual Companions

Fountains of Joy.

How varied our relationships are! And how we change in the presence of others according to how we feel the circumstance demands. And if we accept the limitation of certain relationships, they are all causes for joy.

Relations can be difficult. There is often family history to contend with. Just because we happen to share genes doesn’t mean we will get on. There are so many other factors. But contemplating that shared family history may give relations a depth even deeper than close friendships. I was surprised how close I felt to a cousin of mine dying from pulmonary embolism even though we had hardly seen each other since childhood. The closer the relation – parents and siblings as opposed to cousins and distant cousins – the deeper can be our commitment to their well-being.

Friends, from close lifelong companions to social, political, work related, hobby co-enthusiasts and so on – all fill important roles in our lives. They help us develop our personalities and characters as we meld with their varied personalities and characters in the process of sharing the interests that drive us.

And on the outer reaches, our friendships shade into acquaintances which given circumstance can grow into friendships.

But of all friendships it is spiritual friendship that is to be most treasured and celebrated for they are helping us to realise the deepest goals of our lives.

Ananda, the Buddha’s companion for the last twenty years of his life, would often have only partial understanding. One day, he offered the opinion that good friendship, good companionship, good comradeship is half the spiritual life. Good here does not mean like. One of the liberating qualities of a spiritual friend is that you don’t have to like them!

No, no, the Buddha tells him. It is the entirety of the spiritual life. For if we have good friendship, good companionship, good comradeship, then we can expect to cultivate the Eightfold Path because of that support. (SN 45:2)

How important is that!

So after each meeting with a relation, a friend, an acquaintance or a spiritual companion, pause for a moment, appreciate the treasure, allow gratitude to arise and savour the joy.


The Complete Calendar for 2015

Showing also Assistants Needed – New Year Retreat in January

N.B. This year all the courses will be serviced by assistants since there is no facilitator. This will be the first time that women can also come and offer service.

As an assistant, we do not expect payment of the deposit because you have kindly offered your time.

And as usual any further dana by you is entirely in your gift.

However, your commitment is essential, for the course would be very difficult to run

without an assistant and may indeed have to be cancelled.


If you are interested, scroll down this link: Course Assistant


For info. about Retreats and teachers see website

See drop down menus: especially About Us, Teachings and Retreats


Would you like to come and assist on a course?

Scroll down to see where we need you.


All Retreats run by Bhante Bodhidhamma

unless otherwise stated  


Mahasi Weeklong Retreat

Sat. 03  – Sun. 11 October

Assistant: Wendy Harvey

 Noirin Sheahan

The usual schedule and format – see website.


Day Retreat

Saturday 17 October

Local Assistant Needed.

Carl Fooks

 Kick Start/Top Up

Carl Fuchs

See website for bio. And other info.

Arrive 09.30. Finish 17.00

Please bring food to share.


Weekend Retreat 

Fri. 23 – Sun. 25 p.m. October

Assistant: Martin Shaw

 Carl Fooks (click for bio)


See usual schedule


Autumn Mahasi Retreat

                                                                         31 Oct. – 15 Nov.

Assistant: Ulla Mergen

Bhante Bodhidhamma

A two week retreat, but you can come for the first week only.

Only those who have been on a Mahasi retreat before

can join the second for a shorter week starting on Sunday 08.

Preference is given to those who wish to stay for the full two weeks.

The usual schedule and format – see website.


Day Retreat

Kick Start/Top up

N.B. Saturday 28 November

Local Assistant : Gwen Sanderson

Arrive 09.30. Finish 17.00

Please bring food to share.


Xmas Retreat

Weds. 23 – Sun. 27 December

Assistant Diana Jones  


N.B. This retreat is reserved for those who have completed a Retreat as Satipanya.

The first day will be a normal retreat schedule though we shall rise at 5.30.

An opportunity to make it a day of fasting.

The second day, Xmas Day, is a contemplative day

looking at the qualities of gratitude, renunciation and generosity.

During a group event, you will be asked to speak 

about an event which manifests the goodness of mankind.

The third day is communal. There is a walk – weather permitting.

Xmas menu will be close to the traditional veggie fare - a set menu!


New Year Retreat

Tues. 29 December to Sat. 02 January

Assistant Anne Ashton


 N.B. This retreat is reserved for those who have completed a Retreat as Satipanya.

The first day will be a normal retreat schedule though we shall rise at 5.30.

An opportunity to make it a day of fasting.

On the second day, the Eve, we will see in the New Year.

During a group event, you will be asked to tell us about an event which has had a effect upon you - international, national or local or personal.

We hope to have a bonfire.

A day to reflect on the past year, plenty of time to oneself.

Retreatants will be asked to say a little about an virtuous event chosen by them.

The third day, New Years Day, is communal with a walk – weather permitting.


New Year Retreat 

10-17 January

Assistant: Jim Tibby

The usual schedule and format – see website.


Two Month Winter Retreat

18 January – 8 March

Assistant/s Needed

The usual schedule and format – see website.



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