What is This? consists of the meditation instructions and Dharma talks given by Stephen Batchelor during a Sŏn (Chan/Zen) retreat offered at the Gaia House retreat centre in Devon in April 2016. It introduces us to the practice of radical questioning as taught in the Korean Sŏn Buddhist tradition and offers reflections on how this form of meditation can be understood today.
The edited talks in this book explore how a practice that originated in China more than a thousand years ago can be enriched by ideas from the natural sciences, ancient and modern Western philosophy, Romantic poetry and the early Buddhism of the Pali Canon. The book serves both as a practice manual as well as a personal and critical reflection on the challenge of being fully human in the contemporary world.
All profits from this book will be donated to the building appeal to help raise funds to improve the building and provide a better environment for all those who visit, reside and work at Gaia House. The book was conceived by Stephen after Jim Champion - the secretary of HBS - sent him the transcripts that he had made of the recordings of these dhamma talks that are freely available on the dharmaseed.org website (link). The book was launched at a special event at Gaia House on the 28th April, which Jim and family attended.
On Sunday 20 May 2018 several members of the Hampshire Buddhist Society met at Chithurst Buddhist Monastery to celebrate Vesak. It was a beautifully sunny early summer's day to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha.
The next special event at Cittaviveka is the International Thod Pha Pa on Sunday 17 June 2018. [link] This will also be a celebration to mark 100 years since the birth of the Thai Forest Master, Ajahn Chah.
The Theravada Group of the Hampshire Buddhist Society warmly invites you to a day retreat led by Ajahn Karuniko, the Abbot of Chithurst Buddhist Monastery.
We will meet on Sunday 16 September 2018 in the Portswood Residents' Gardens Pavilion in Southampton [map], and we are planning to run the day in the same way as last year's successful event.
See the poster on the events page for further information about this year's day retreat.
Let us know if you are interested in attending by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
HBS annual retreat led by Ajahn Karuniko in Southampton on Sunday 16th September 2018. Further details to follow in due course.
At the next meeting of the Theravada group on Thursday 15th June we will continue with the third in the series of talks by Bhante Bodhidhamma on the First Noble Truth this time focussing on the Three Characteristics of dukkha- unsatisfactoriness, anicca - change, and anatta - insubstantiality.
On 18th May, the Theravada group will be listening to a podcast on 'The First Noble Truth - Dukkha, Dukkha,' by Bhante Bodhidhamma, who runs the Satipanya Trust in Shropshire. The Satipanna Centre teaches meditation in the tradition of Mahasi Sayadaw, who lived in Myanmar.
On Thursday 4th May the Abbot of Cittaviveka Monastery, Ajahn Karuniko, will be leading the Theravada meeting. We will start with chanting, meditate for about 30 minutes and then listen to Ajahn's talk. He will have just returned from a pilgrimage in Japan, so question-time will be an opportunity to learn about Buddhist practice there.
If you are new to meditation, Ajahn Karuniko will give guidance during the session.
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