Shaping the Buddhist Programme 2018 to 2020
Shaping the Buddhist Programme 2018 to 2020
Initial consultation process
In the evening of Wednesday 6 June 2018 Mike Murray, the volunteer currently temporarily covering some of the SPC role at Jamyang London, launched a process to find out what people who come to the Centre would like to learn about and practice over the next year and a half.
About twelve people came to the initial consultation and shared their ideas.
In terms of bringing things into the programme in response to these suggestions Mike explained that he would take these suggestions to the Jamyang class facilitators and meditation leaders here and see what could be provided by them in response to these requests.
Participants were asked to be patient as it takes time to find class facilitators willing to volunteer their time, to develop new courses or events and to introduce new things into the Buddhist programme. It is already clear that the items under Daily life/ Action will need a further meeting of people interested in taking these forward to develop practical programmes as many are not for Buddhist class facilitators or Buddhist meditation leaders but require other community facilitation and leadership
He explained that for now the SPC role and functions were being delivered by a team of volunteers, and asked people to contact him if they can help deliver the onsite aspects of the SPC role either regularly on weekday evenings or on certain weekends. Please contact Mike Murray on [email protected]
To give a little structure to the ideas Mike Murray asked if participants would group their ideas under three headings
Daily Life/ Action
We share the initial suggestions below.
Group studying ‘Shantideva’s Bodhisattva’s Way of life
Group reading through the Padmakara translation of Shantideva’s Bodhisattva’s Way of Life
Group looking at Shantideva’s Compendium of Trainings
Teachings on basic texts that are good for beginners
Group studying Nagarjuna’s Letter to a FriendHeart teachings on emptiness by the fully qualified and HYT by same i.e. Rinpoches
Tsongkhapa’s Praise to Dependent originationCittamani Tara and Cittamani Tara Body Mandala offered by qualified Rinpoche
Discovering Buddhism - introduction to the FPMT style of teachings for beginnersThe Two Truths
Onsite Foundation of Buddhist Thought
Practice events dedicated for Tibet
Tara practice, especially White Tara PracticeBuddhism and science, neuroscience, psychology
Basic Buddhist Philosophy + view of Life + purpose of life
Basics of Buddhist Sutras (as per Geshe Tashi’s Dharmapada classes)
Emptiness and theory of MindStudying the Sutras
Informal Study Group based on ‘LamRim Year’ (to be published by LYWA at end of 2018
Introduction to Dzogchen/ Mahamudra from the Geluk perspective
Tibetan language - maybe put students in touch with language teacher Samten for skype classes
More Rinpoches and good teachers, especially now Geshe Tashi has gone
Run second Basic Programme at Jamyang London starting in 2020
An introduction to the whole of the Buddhist Path. Beginning with Theravadin, with talks and meditation led, say by ordained sangha from Amaravati monastery. An intro the Mahayana led, say by ordained sangha from the Chinese or Japanes traditions. And finally an intro to Tibetan Buddhism and Vajrayana with an overview of the different schools within the Tibetan tradition. Perhaps with teachers from the different schools.
Teachings on exchanging self with others given by high lamas
Weekends retreat on Tara, Medicine Buddha, Lam Rim as introductions to the practices
Weekend Nyung Nay retreats
Retreats with learned teachers, perhaps with Geshe Graham, Glen Svensson and othersWeekend Practice days based on Kathleen McDonald's book How to Meditate - Green Tara, Chenrezig, Medicine Buddha practice meditation days
One day retreats for beginners and everyoneShamata weekends
Meditation in moment to moment living
Gelug/ FPMT meditation taster course e.g. based on Kathleen MacDonald “How to Meditate”
Lojong meditation and texts
Structured course in developing bodhicitta using the combined method - weekly step by step
How to meditate with children in families
Yoga for meditators - improving posture etc
All day meditation/ puja practice during weekends - encourage those who live out of London
Puja phonetics pronunciation practice
Those experienced in setting up for pujas sharing their experience
Daily Life/ Action
Kailash Slide Show by Robin BathSome ideas of one day volunteering activities for those of us who can't commit
Jane Sill to organise a visit to the British Library to see original Buddhist texts
Jane Sill to organise a visit to the V&A to see selected works from the closed Thangka collection
Fun and relaxing meetings for Dharma Friends
Periodic evenings to celebrate Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche (talks and readings from their biographies)More on Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Something about Lama Yeshe, are there any of his students around?
Children and family half day Community Dharma
Mind Training and practical application
Working in the Community for disadvantaged people
Daily Life- interactive informal discussions on 1) how to develop meditation practice, 2) how to implement , for example equanimity, in daily life
Buddhism and living in the inner city - how can it help ?
Regular community events, like picnics
Buddhism and females in the modern world
Jamyang agony aunt - identifyan everyday life dharma question, discussion (led by someone wise), publish the Q&A online in GV
Would anyone go on a rota to visit housebound people - especially to offer complemtary therapies ? Please see Venerable Barbara Shannon
Would anyone like to help with the Liberation Prison Project ? Please see Venerable Barbara Shannon
Would anyone go on a rota to help clean the temples (large and small), cupboards etc ?
Would anyone go on a rota for sponsored offerings of 108 Lights etc when someone passes away ?
Asanas/ yoga for people who are learning to meditate
Practical daily application of the first four of the six perfections
Who to ask ‘checking it out ‘ questions to ?
Clarify the relationship between Dying Well, Death Cafe and (new) death related initiatives and bereavement support.
Sunday mornings at Jamyang - shared practices (i.e. King of Prayers. Tara etc) - prayers for the world and the Jamyang community - guest speaker - creche for kids - followed by brunch
I would like Robin and Mike to arrange a fun evening coming from the perspective of how beneficial it would be for people to learn how FPMT started, the hardships, the lack of money, hippies willing to try anything. And a personal perspective of mine that it would encourage people if they had stories of how Jamyang started. So to compile a map of how the main characters came together taking on the characteristics of animals and their background life events traced in the form of a map. Mapology Guides had a stall at the Mindful Living Exhibition. Ros Boughtflower was also interested. I cannot easily convey the idea on paper.
Please if you have ideas for things you would come to the Centre to learn about in relation to the Buddhist Programme or as importantly that you would help make happen (but please not ‘ it would be good if ’ ideas that you then do not show up for or help with) send them to Mike Murray on [email protected] by 30 June 2018 at the latest. Thank you.
The Monday evening Buddhist Meditation Team are already considering how some yoga might be introduced from September to help with stretching and with posture without taking away from the main purpose of the evenings which training the mind in Buddhist meditation techniques. Their ideas will also be run past two qualified yoga teachers here, Jane Sill and Judy Watchman before being implemented.
Once all the ideas are in we will have at least one or two more consultation meetings to help flesh out possible events and programmes. Thank you
Pro Tem SPC
FPMT - JBC London
Friday 8 June 2018