Tuesday, August 4th

Next week is our 1st week, back to the beginning evening and last night we decided that the precepts were foundational enough that we will continue our exploration of the precepts with the 4th precept – Right Speech. I already know that, for me, this will be a fruitful point of attention for the coming week. I hope that you find it rewarding too.

This pdf contains both the version that we chanted our recent Saturday sitting and the longer Thich Nhat Hahn version that has been circulated.

There are a wealth of other resources on the web about this subject. Please share anything that you enjoy with the group.

The schedule is:

6:00 – 6:30 sitting
6:30 – 7:15 discussion
7:15 – 7:30 sitting

The sitting takes place at BIBS – location in the sidebar.

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Tuesday, July 28th

Next week we will continue our exploration of the precepts with the 3rd precept. This pdf contains both the version that we chanted at last Saturday’s sitting and the longer Thich Nhat Hahn version that has been circulated.

There are a wealth of other resources on the web about this subject. Please share anything that you enjoy with the group.

The schedule is:

6:00 – 6:30 sitting
6:30 – 7:15 discussion
7:15 – 7:30 sitting

The sitting takes place at BIBS – location in the sidebar.

Tuesday, July 21st

Yet another third Tuesday has come around and we will be sitting, walking and sitting – the evening will be silent. No discussion is planned, so no reading…

We are still planning to start discussing Tara Brach’s book Radical Acceptance. We didn’t set a schedule but we hope to start soon.

The schedule is:

6:00 – 6:30 sitting
6:30 – 7:00 walking
7:00 – 7:30 sitting

We meet at BIBS – location in the sidebar.

 

Tuesday, July 14th

Next week, we will continue our discussion of the precepts with a discussion of the second precept which is most concisely expressed as I vow not to take what is not given.

This can be expressed as a positive intention – To the best of my ability I will endeavor to be open-hearted and generous.

One commentary on this:

This precept expresses our commitment to live from a generous heart rather than from an avaricious mind. At a personal level, avaricious behavior harms the person who steals; on a community level, stealing can harm or even destroy the opportunity and the environment for practice.

There are a wealth of other resources on the web about this subject. Please share anything that you enjoy with the group.

The schedule is:

6:00 – 6:30 sitting
6:30 – 7:15 discussion
7:15 – 7:30 sitting

The sitting takes place at BIBS – location in the sidebar.