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Women’s Gathering: Living the Skilful Life
Sun 17th Mar : 10:00 am - 4:30 pmFree
Acharashraddha, Hridayaka and Moksavadini lead a day of meditation, discussion, and spiritual friendship for local women practising in the Triratna Buddhist Community
Who is the event for?It’s for Order members, Mitras and Centre regulars who have completed a Buddhism Level 2 / Going Deeper course. Please get in touch if you’re not sure.
• Please arrive from 10 am for a 10.30 start in the shrine room
• No charge, but please let us know that you’re coming, by phone, by email or by booking a free ticket online if available below
• Please bring vegan food to share. If it's vegetarian but not vegan, please label it clearly.
10am: Arrive and coffee
10.30: Introduction, meditation
11.15: Talk by Moksavadini
11.30: Sit quietly
11.40: Talk by Hridayaka
11.55: Tea break or silent time in the shrine room
12.15: Group discussion
1.15: Lunch Please bring vegan food to share. If it's vegetarian but not vegan, please label it clearly.
2.15: Dana appeal, report back from groups
2.45: Body scan
3.10: Tea break or silent time in the shrine room
Exploring the Beauty of Dharma Practice and Ethical Sensitivity
If one speaks or acts with an impure mind, suffering follows even as the cartwheel follows the hoof of the ox . . .
If one speaks or acts with a pure mind, happiness follows like a shadow that never departs
Dhammapada opening verses
In other words, a skilful life is not a case of mechanically spot-checking what we do. The way to judge if an action is ethical is to look at the state of mind with which we perform it. Buddhist morality is a natural morality. It’s not about rules, or checklists, or dos and don’ts – it springs quite naturally from an inner, wholesome state of being. This ethical sensitivity grows and develops with meditation practice, spiritual friendship, gathering together, ritual practice and learning the Dharma.