Richard Gombrich, 3rd February 2011. The distinguished Oxford academic, and founder of BudSoc, will be speaking to us at 8pm on Thursday 3rd February, in The Old Refectory, Wadham College, about "Buddhism and Science". The talk is free to all, so please feel free to bring friends.
Reverend Alina, 3rd March 2011. Venue TBA
'Just Sitting' - the practice of zazen.
Rev Alina Burgess will describe this form of meditation and how its practice unfolds in daily life. Regular practice of zazen allows us to sit still with and accept whatever we encounter and to see what the conditions of the moment call for. There will be an opportunity to sit and to ask questions.
Rev Alina is a senior monk of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives, founded by Rev Master Jiyu- Kennett on her return from Japan in 1972. This Soto Zen lineage comes through Great Master Dogen via her Master, Keido Chisan, former Abbot of Sojiji temple, Japan. There are now temples of the OBC in USA, Canada, UK and Europe. Rev Alina is currently based at Reading Buddhist Priory.
Meditation classes will be held weekly in weeks 1 - 8, at 8pm on Tuesdays, in the GOODHART SEMINAR ROOM, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, HIGH STREET, unless stated otherwise, continuing with the programme of teaching begun last term.
As usual, beginners are warmly welcomed and no prior meditation experience is necessary. Also, as usual, please do bring a cushion to sit on, and a mug for tea after the class.
Next week, the Buddhist Society is pleased to host a panel discussion bringing the ancient teachings of the Buddha into dialogue with one of the contemporary world's most pressing concerns:
"What (if anything) would the Buddha do about climate change?"
Wednesday 24 October at 8pm
Dennis Sciama Lecture Theatre
Denys Wilkinson Building
(that's the astrophysics building on Keble Road: http://tinyurl.com/2wnqw6s)
Our distinguished panel features (in no particular order):
- The Venerable Sila-Samiddho: a Bikkhu, or monk, at the Oxford Buddha Vihara with a BCS in Ecology and a PhD in environmental health, he has worked for the UN in Palestine and is a professional storyteller.
- Dr Lucy Ford: Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Brookes and a practicing Buddhist. In a previous incarnation she worked for Caroline Lucas MEP in Brussels as researcher and parliamentary assistant. She is passionate about how power operates, focusing on global political ecology and has been active in the green movement for quite some years.
- Catrina Pickering: Diversity co-ordinator at the Transition Network, previously with the Climate Outreach and Information Network and Winchester Action on Climate Change, as well as a practicing Nichiren Buddhist.
- Maitrisara: ordained within the Triratna Buddhist Order (formally WBO) and secretary of the Network of Engaged Buddhists. She has worked in education, mental wellbeing and community development for 25 years.
Welcome back (or welcome for the first time!) to a new academic year at Oxford. As usual, we'll be holding meditation classes every Tuesday of term, from 8pm in the JCR Annex of Oriel College. The classes offer an introductory course in a form of Thai-Theravada breathing-mindfulness meditation (Samatha-Vipassana--read more at www.samatha.org), followed by a brief discussion of the practice and Buddhist thought more generally, followed by tea and biscuits and a chance to discuss your practice with the teacher in private. You don't need any experience to join, you can join at any time, and there's no charge for the teaching.
People of all backgrounds are welcome to come. Some are experienced meditators, some are people just looking for a way of easing the stress of an Oxford term, and many fall somewhere in between.
It's a good idea to bring a cushion to sit on, comfortable clothes to sit in, and a mug if you want tea.
In addition to the weekly meditation classes, we'll hold occasional speaker events, socials, and that sort of thing. Announcements to come!
A Tibetan monk named Choedak will be visiting Oxford this Wednesday and has agreed to meet with members of the Buddhist Society. He'll give a brief talk about his experiences growing up in Tibet and his escape into exile in India, as well as his current work teaching and researching for a book on the history of the Dalai Lamas. After that, he'll be happy to take questions. It should be a pretty informal event, and so a good opportunity to get to know a monk and learn about his way of life. That's this Wednesday at 4.30pm in the Oriel JCR Annex.
As usual, we have our regular meditation classes this term at 8pm in the JCR Annex of Oriel College. Beginners can join in at any time, and you don't have to be affiliated with the university to join us. Bring a cushion to sit on, comfortable clothes to sit in, and a mug for tea. If you'd like to be added to our mailing list, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. There's a good chance we'll have to change location in 4th and 8th weeks, so watch for e-mail updates.
We're very pleased to have Sarah Shaw coming in to give a talk called "Finding the balance of calm and insight: the Breathing Mindfulness sutta." Sarah is a member of the Samatha Trust and both a teacher and scholar of Buddhism. Her translation work includes the Penguin Classics edition of the Jatakas as well as "Buddhist Meditation: An Anthology of Texts From the Pali Canon" published by Routledge. In addition, Routledge recently published her book "An Introduction to Buddhist Meditation." Sarah teaches at Oxford's Department for Continuing Education.
The talk will be at 8pm on Thursday 26 November in the Miles Room of St. Peter's College (NB same college as Ven. Dhammasami's talk last week, but a different room).
Welcome back, or welcome for the first time, to Oxford! As usual, we'll be holding meditation classes every Tuesday evening of term (Oct. 13 - Dec. 1) at 8pm in the JCR Annexe at Oriel College. All are welcome (you don't need to be affiliated with the university to join), and you can join at any time.
The classes offer a graduated introduction to a Thai Theravada form of Buddhist meditation that brings calm and mindfulness. After meditation practice, we normally have a brief discussion of some aspect of Buddhist teaching and then enjoy one another's company over tea and biscuits, during which time people can meet one-on-one with our teacher, Jas'.
Participants range in experience from none whatsoever to people who have many years of exerience with meditation. No need to "be a Buddhist" in order to join: many people find they benefit simply from the calm and focus the meditation brings them, regardless of their spiritual affiliations, or lack thereof.
Remember to bring comfortable clothing, a cushion to sit on (your bum will be thankful!), and a mug if you want tea.
Monday, 9th March 2009 at 8pm, Monday, 16th March 2009 at 8pm, Tuesday, 28th April 2009 at 9pm, Tuesday, 5th May 2009 at 9pm, Tuesday, 12th May 2009 at 9pm, Tuesday, 19th May 2009 at 9pm, Tuesday, 26th May 2009 at 9pm, Tuesday, 2nd June 2009 at 9pm
Location: JCR Annex, Oriel College, Oxford
Instruction, group practice and discussion will be followed by tea and biscuits and the chance…
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Location: JCR Annex, Oriel College
Weekly meditation classes will start this tuesday at 8pm in the JCR annex at Oriel college.…