Here in Chester I've taken a year off arranging group events, while I got through the first year as a mature student studying applied sciences here! The year over, I'm going to offer a weekly discussion group aimed at exploring compassion in daily life, using the writings of the Dalai Lama as a foundation. It will be based on Buddhism but not really 'Buddhist', we'll be looking at his writings more on humanity and social ethics rather than the nitty-gritty of Tibetan beliefs. The aim will be to explore and develop our own ideas and experience, which might be different from what he thinks sometimes - his words will be present like having an experienced mentor with us.
I'm going to start offering it in my flat on Brook Lane, near the city centre, from 7.30 till 8.45pm each Thursday. We'll have a relaxed discussion each week over tea, then end with a short meditation on love. When the Dalai Lama met the Jewish teacher Reb Zalman in Dharamsala, he asked him how the Jews had kept their tradition alive after they were driven out of Jerusalem by the Romans. Reb Zalman said to him "we turned our homes into the Temple"... In Leicester I used to offer a monthly Metta meditation circle in my home, and it was a lovely thing to share with people. I hope this can be the same!
If you'd like to come, give me a ring on 07906 040159 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Zang Starbuck,
written in the tea garden of Sally's Secret Garden on Bridge Street, where we held lots of meditations and discussion two years ago!