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Any Buddhists or people interested in Buddhism?

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Iris65 Mon 29-May-17 11:45:54

I learned about Buddhism when I was at university as one of my lecturers was a Buddhist. Then I had a colleague who introduced me to a Buddhist Centre near where I live. For a few years I went every week and did a lot of reading and practice. I found it really beneficial and would love to discuss Buddhist ideas and practice on MN.

SentientCushion Mon 29-May-17 11:48:50

Oh like an online sangha, how lovely! I'm in.

I've been really enjoying listening to the secular Buddhism podcast if you're looking for more things to look at.

Iris65 Mon 29-May-17 14:44:35

I will definately have a look at the podcast. Thanks.
Do you do any Buddhist practices regularly?
My meditation practice has almost stopped completely so I am aiming to start again. I do chant the Medicine Buddha mantra regularly though.

kristine007 Thu 08-Jun-17 10:06:30

I'm quite newish to Buddhism but I find it most enjoyable and beneficial practice. I'd love to have some Buddhist buddies smile
Also, does anyone know of Buddhism lessons or any kid friendly activities in London?

plinkyplonkydappledonkey Sat 10-Jun-17 08:30:34

Hi! I've been trying to practice Buddhism for 3 years now. I was curious in my teens but life took over but now at 45 I have more time and space to continue my journey into Buddhism.
A fantastic place to start is with Ajahn Brahm. He's on YouTube, his lessons are wonderful and his guided meditations are very helpful. He's a British Theravada monk with the Western Australia Buddhist society.
He is so very human. He's also going to be in the UK this year as he is involved in opening a women's monastery so worth seeing if you can.

Iris65 Sat 10-Jun-17 21:36:35

Oh yes Ajahn Brahm! He is Theravadan which is the same branch as our local centre. The Ajahn at the Warwick centre was also trained by Ajhan Chah.
A women's monastery sounds really interesting.

I think there's lots going on in London. I know that the Buddhist Society is London based. Apart from that I can't help!

I am trying (and failing!) to re-establish my meditation practice and have got as far as rediscovering my cushion which had been in storgae while we moved house! I am also trying to practice right speech - which is a huge challenge for me - and seems important for my practice.

How is everyone else doing?

PinkPeppers Sat 10-Jun-17 21:43:19

Oh thats interesting.

Well Im at the same in than you OP. Im starting my practice again, even though I am more or less only self taught as there was only one centre near me and i never got on with the one monk that was there.

My practice is often based on Thich Nha Han books with mantras and breathing meditation.
Im also using an app (Insight timer) that has a lovely timer as well as numerous guided meditations.

I would love to know some chanting!

Iris65 Sun 11-Jun-17 08:33:04

I learned a couple of chants from Deva Premal's CDs. She's not Buddhist but the chants are and they are beautiful. Embrace is my favourite album, but I also have The Essence. She does chants and mantras from around the world.
The chant I do all of the time is Teyata.
Visiting this thread this morning has reminded me of my intentions about Buddhist practice for today smile

Justjibberish Sun 11-Jun-17 17:24:10

Maybe slightly off topic, but there's a really interesting free course on Coursera "Buddhism and Modern Psychology". Here

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