Full Moon Observance Day

Sunday Evenings from 20.00 - 21.00

The Buddhist Calendar runs on the ancient Moon cycle and it has always been
customary to use the Full Moon days as a time to reflect upon the Dhamma
and renew our commitment to the Refuges and Precepts.

There will be a short talk on one of the subjects listed below. Then 30 min. sitting. We shall end with a short reflection on the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha. Then people can take the Refuges and Precepts at whatever their level of commitment. We will finish with
prectising Metts and reading and chanting of the Metta Goodwill Sutta.

We shall clebrate the Full Moon on the nearest Sunday since this is one evening most people would be available.

A reminder will be sent a few days before, but do put the dates in your diary anyway.

 

Full Moons and Subject Matter

Refuges and Precepts with Metta

2022

Jan 16 2022 Resolution and Joy

                                                           Unfortunately, the technology failed. It's a long story.  However, the talk pointed to three qualities needed to realise a resolution. There has to be a real motivation, a longing, a strong desire. Or the obstacles that come up will simply undermine the resolve. These obstacles are to be seen as teachers and strengtheners. And finally, perseverence, patient endurance and perseverence. When an resolution is fuliflled and even on the fulfilling there is joy, rejoicing and celebration.

Feb 20 2022 Sympathy, Empathy and Compassion : in what way do they differ.  Can sympathy be sincere?      Video        Stream/Download mp3

                                         Mar 20  Non-Violence v. Pacifism

2021 Gratitude, Generosity and Renunciation                                                                                   Video                Stream/Download mp3

Apr 17 2022   Noliberalism and Mindfulness                                                                                          Video      Stream/Download mp3

2021 Spiritual Faculties & Factors of Enlightenment, focusing on Confidence                           Video                Stream/Dowload mp3

May 15

2021 Buddha Day – sharing with Pain Dei Ciliegi in Italy again   -the Nine Qualities of the Buddha. Video   Stream/Download mp3

Jun 12

2021 Four Noble Truths - The basic platform upon which all the teachings are based, centring on the meaning of Dukkha.  Video   Stream/Download mp3

Jul 17

2021 Dukkha (Unsatisfactoriness and Sila (Morality and Ethics) - The Buddha, centring his teaching on Dukkha, lays out the moral and ethical rules we must follow to be liberated from that very same dukkha.      Video          Stream/Download

Aug 14

2021 Dependent Origination, the Role of desire and the only Choice. A quick revision of the teaching and looking at desire and where the escape from suffering is to be found.    Video          Stream/Download

Sep 11

2021 Kamma and Rebirth. What is personal karma? Is there such a thing as Social Karma? Where does Rebirth fit in.   Video    Stream/Download

Oct 09

2021 Right Livelihood Can we broaden out the definition to include all we do in our lives so that what we do serves our purpose of becoming liberated from Dukkha?  Video       Stream/Download

Nov 06

2021 10 Perfections. There are Ten Perfections and obviously too many to deal with in such a short period, so I have concentrated on Generosity, how Gratitude (not on the list) plays an important role and how we are thereby developing Renunciation. These three virtues offer us a path to liberation!  (Strange acouistics - I was a friends flat.) Video    Stream/Download

Dec 11

2021 Love and Relationship. Love is a very big subject! So I've chosen a few qualities: care, kindness, forgiveness and the importance of good companionship.  Video    Stream/Download