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The following essay was written for display at the - Together in Service: a national celebration of faith-based social action - on the 27th November at Coin Street London. There is a very strong encouragement in Buddhism to practice Dana (generosity). The Buddha usually put this first for his followers... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2012 at ALBA Comment
Last weekend I attended a mindful ageing seminar at Amaravati Buddhist monastery. I was one of a large group of presenters at this event. Overall there were 10 who spoke including three ordained monastics, two ex-bhikkhus, and five lay Buddhists with varying degrees of teaching experience. The event commenced with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2012 at ALBA Comment
Buddhism offers a rich array of terms for describing subjective experience – what it is like to feel as though we inhabit a human body. Although scholars and practitioners have come a long way in translating Pali Buddhist terms – we are still in floundering in some cases. We either... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2012 at ALBA Comment
At a recent meeting, an intention to help others was described as 'attachment to desire' and hence not something to be pursued. This appears to be an example of taking Buddhist teachings intended as guidelines for examining our current experience and misinterpreting these as general beliefs. The second noble truth... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2012 at ALBA Comment
For about ten years, the Amaravati Lay Buddhist Association (ALBA) published a regular journal called 'Community'. Recognising the greater flexibility of blogs and the ease with which readers can comment, we ceased 'Community' and have set up this site. Please submit articles, essays, poems or material for consideration. And please... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2011 at ALBA Comment
Martin Evans felt inspired to write some reflections after the recent ALBA (Amaravati Lay Buddhist Association) Day of Practice when the following question was raised: ‘There is no one who loves or is loved’ (quote from Amaravati calendar 2011) ‘What does this mean?’ someone asked me. ‘Ask Ajahn Sumedho’, I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2011 at ALBA Comment
Welcome to the Buddha Community blog. This is where members of ALBA (Amaravati Lay Buddhist Association) publish, views, news, and articles. Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2011 at ALBA Comment
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