Friendship in the sangha
The Buddha said “Friendship is the whole of the Spiritual Life”
What did he mean and why is friendship so important?
We will be exploring this essential condition for developing ourselves spiritually in two ways
On 19th October we will delve into the Pali Canon to find out how the Buddha befriended young novice monk called Meghiya who thought he could manage on his own
On 26th October we will explore the place and importance of 3 levels of spiritual friendship. That is horizontal friendship with our peers, vertical friendship with more experienced sangha friends and transcendental friendship with Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
There will be a talk, discussion groups and an opportunity to ask questions.
Everyone who has attended a Newcomers' Course at some time is welcome.
Taravandana who is based in Manchester, joined the Order in 2000 having met the Dharma at Taraloka on a Newcomer’s Weekend. She enjoys meditation especially Mindfulness and Metta practices and connecting with Green Tara through walking in woods. She is a Breathworks Trainer and takes her Dharma practice out into the world through supporting others to be their best through mindfulness and leadership training. She really enjoys spiritual friendship and teaching the Dharma
There is no charge for these evenings but we would appreciate a donation of whatever seems reasonable to you.
How To Join
Zoom login will be sent to you the week before the first evening.