November 2016 Newsletter
Winter Teachings – Finding Peace and Happiness in Everyday Life
We are honoured and extremely grateful that Ven. Rinpoche has accepted our request to teach during 2016 and 2017. Our second teaching was on the weekend of 5th and 6th November. Ven. Rinpoche taught on ‘Guiding the Mind through the Practice of Patience.’ The text used for the teachings is ‘The Bodhisattva’s Way of Life’ by Shantideva. We express our sincere thanks to Ven. Rinpoche for his teachings.
8 Mahayana Precepts Ceremony
The Eight Mahayana Precepts ceremony took place on Monday 14th November. The ceremony began at 7am with around 9 participants. The eight precepts are taken for twenty-four hours. It is especially good to take them on full and new moon days and on other Buddhist festival days. Observing precepts for even a short time has tremendous benefits.
The eight precepts are;
- Avoid killing, directly or indirectly
- Avoid stealing and taking things without the permission of their owner
- Avoid sexual contact
- Avoid lying and deceiving others
- Avoid intoxicants; alcohol, tobacco and drugs,(except for medicinal purposes)
- Avoid eating more than one meal that day
- Avoid sitting on a high expensive bed, seat or animal skins with pride
- Avoid wearing jewellery, perfume, make-up, and singing, dancing or playing music with attachment.
Christmas and New Year Holidays
Please note that during the holiday season we are closed from Monday 19th December 2016 to Wednesday 3rd January 2017. We reopen on Thursday 4th January 2017.
Yoga with Isabella
One of our volunteers, Isabella, is a yoga teacher in training and she offers a yoga class when available. Please contact us for further information. Donations are in aid of the House Fund. Please see our website for more information.
Come and join us every Wednesday for our community gardening day from 10pm. Our main gardener, Aisling, will be there and she and the other volunteers would really love you to give them a hand.
Meditations at Jampa Ling
We have three meditation practices every day at Jampa Ling. We also have two additional meditation practices – Meditation for Beginners every Monday night from 7pm to 8pm and a Mindfulness/Awareness Mediation every Wednesday night from 7pm to 8pm – both are in Tara House. There is no need to book to come to these, just simply show up. They are donation-based.
In October our two WWOOFers were David and Maria from Germany. Both WWOOFers did wonderful work in the garden under the supervision of our head gardener, Aisling.
This month we’ve one WWOOFer from France, Joanna. She has been a wonderful help to us so far.