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(@pierretilston)
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27/10/2017 10:25 pm  

I don't think there are incompatibilities between the quaker way and the teachings of the buddha, particularly if we recognise that both are non-credal and experience based.

Both are meant to be based on a personal practice of deep looking. Both entail ways of looking, in order to see something that brings insight and personal transformation which then, inevitably, changes how we act in the world.

I would say that both, if diligently pursued, would require the abandonment of belief as something which locks one in place and prevents the fullest seeking and transformation. As the Buddha may have said: What happens when you tie a dog to a post? It runs round and round the post.

As for the rest, the trappings of religion and belief (I would describe non-theism and theism as belief systems and therefore both credal), one can find both synergies and incompatibilities, but I think they are beside the point.

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28/10/2017 7:28 am  

I agree with this but with the slight caveat that all belief systems are culturally embedded.  It's not possible to have a practice which is entirely pure and devoid of cultural trappings.  So I read the Bible and theology not because I believe they are true in that they tell me something objective about the world but because they help me understand where other people are coming from and to share their responses to experience. There's nothing new about my approach.  The idea that the Bible is a textbook of creation seems to date from the C19 whereas medieval scholars interpreted Genesis allegorically.


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01/11/2017 3:01 pm  

Sangha Friends,

If you should find yourselves in Mid Wales on 11th November you are very welcome to join us in our Buddhist-Quaker sit:  please see attached flyer.  We have half an hour of meditation, a discussion, ten minutes of kin-hin walking meditation, and half an hour Meeting for Worship, followed by tea / coffee and biscuits.

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(@pierretilston)
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01/11/2017 3:55 pm  
Posted by: John Senior

Sangha Friends,

If you should find yourselves in Mid Wales on 11th November you are very welcome to join us in our Buddhist-Quaker sit:  please see attached flyer.  We have half an hour of meditation, a discussion, ten minutes of kin-hin walking meditation, and half an hour Meeting for Worship, followed by tea / coffee and biscuits.

That's wonderful John. I wish I could be there.

Please do encourage anyone there to join this forum. Any anyone is welcome to start new threads here to ask questions or start discussions on a theme.

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15/12/2017 5:49 pm  

Hello Sangha Friends,

I suggest we all meet up for a day or so next year, somewhere central and accessible, perhaps Birmingham, to discuss what we are each doing and our aspirations.  You may have heard about the conference The Changing Face of Faith in Britain, Woodbrooke, 16th-18th March: I shall be there to promote Buddhist-Quaker synergy, and would like to meet any of you who might also be there.  Perhaps we could have our own get-together immediately after this conference, or some time later.  I look forward to your thoughts on this.

Kindest Regards,

John.

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(@bonnie-reynell)
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16/12/2017 3:09 pm  

The Woodbrooke conference sounds interesting and I agree that it would be a good opportunity to meet for some real time discussion. I need to look into whether I can attend


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18/12/2017 7:29 am  

Hi John, I think it is a nice idea to meet up. I'm not sure I would want to go to the conference, but would be interested to talk to other people from here. Whether I can make it will depend on family commitments, but it would be useful to know if anyone knows of an reasonably priced place to stay nearby.


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(@pierretilston)
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01/03/2018 10:36 am  

Woodbrooke have a Community of Interbeing retreat weekend on 14-16 May. I've been to some of these and really enjoyed them. I wish I could attend this one, but I can't.

www.woodbrooke.org.uk/item/being-peace

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22/06/2018 2:57 pm  

Find Your Inner Silence - One Day Practical Course at Kingston Quaker Centre on Saturday July 21st

On Saturday 21st July, from 10am to 5pm, my wife and I are putting on a one day course showing people how they can find their inner silence led by Gabor Harsanyi at the Kingston Quaker Centre. This is a practical course which aims to guide you on how you can touch your inner stillness and remain in contact with it as you go about your normal lives. 

Gabor is a coach who helps people to find their inner stillness. For many years, Gabor suffered from severe depression and tried many ways to find peace in his life. Finally after deciding to "look within", he suddenly discovered an inner peace that he had not realised was there, and had always been available to him. That peace has never left him and he now coaches people on how to find their own inner peace. 

Coming to this event, is a great opportunity to spend a day finding your own silence. The spirit of the course is very much light hearted and we hope that everyone will have a very enjoyable day, as well as benefitting personally from the teachings. You can see full details of the course on our website - Tree of Silence. This is the second course that my wife and I have put on with Gabor.

The recommended ticket price is £80 (which is the ideal price for us to be able to cover our costs), however, we do not wish to turn anyone away because of price. So if you cannot afford the full price or would prefer to pay a lower price you can choose the amount of discount you would like for your ticket by going to this discount page


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01/01/2019 12:07 pm  

Dear Friends,

The next Plum Village/Woodbrooke event will take place in February 2019.

Here's the blurb:

Present Moment, Wonderful Moment

For many years Woodbrooke has hosted retreats and weekends which have focused on the teachings of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Whether a beginner or experienced, on this weekend retreat you will taste something of the deep peace that can be discovered through simple practices of being present. The practice is very accessible and will involve sitting and walking meditation, deep relaxation and silence as well as the invitation to take our meals in silence. The food will be vegetarian.

And here's the link:

https://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/item/present-moment-wonderful-moment/

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