Web Groups

An invitation to engage with key texts and each other.

Web groups for the Macclesfield teachings, the Dhammapada, the Bodicaryavatara, and Practice

If you would like to study any of the dharma suggested below and maybe have a bit of input when you feel you need it, then just let me know your details via the contact me button. If you’d like to be in touch with others in the same, or other, groups and are happy to share  contact details with them just let me know that too and we’ll see what’s workable. I’ve not tried this before so if you have any advice/suggestions to offer they would be most welcome.

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Macclesfield web-group.

Each year since 2003 James Low gave teachings in Macclesfield U.K., often twice a year. He started at the beginning, which is where we were, and six months later he would come back and teach us the next steps, or a different perspective.

The first four of these teachings were recorded in audio format, some of the later  ones also include  a video recording. Edited transcripts are available for of some of the talks.

My thinking is that once a month for the next year or so you could take one of the talks in sequence and  listen watch and read, whichever of those options are available and appeal to you, and really become at home with them. Because the talks are multilayered each time you engage with them something becomes clearer or a different aspect of the teaching is revealed and this has a knock-on effect… as this becomes clearer, so that becomes clearer.

 —  talk 1. The view of Dzogchen with its associated edited transcription Finding Freedom at the bus stop

Do get in touch if you would like to follow through with this…you can go at any speed you like!

 

Dhammapada web-group.

There are many different translations of this wonderful work of how to purify the heart and follow the way. I have quite a few which I have picked up in charity shops and, because each translation is also an interpretation, cross-referencing was helpful in increasing my understanding  if something was not clear on first reading. The Thomas Byrom translations of this work which is beautifully simple and extremely clear seem particularly appealing to me. Again, reading and rereading allows the teachings to permeate deeper and deeper until they become a part of you.

Bodicaryavatara web-group.

Taking the bohisattva vow is the beginning of the Mahayana path. The desire to be helpful to  all sentient beings is iterated and a conviction that a change in orientation is required along with the development of qualities which will be of benefit.

I have stuck with the translation of this ‘Bohisattva’s instruction manual’ by Kate Crosby and Andrew Skilton, and read it many times.When I first read this I found parts of it extremely beautiful and parts quite terrifying but came to see it as an inspired guidebook which introduced me to a different way of orientating myself in relation to the world.  I also have an audio version of ‘The way of the bodhisattva’ by the Padmakara translation group which comes with an American accent and a somewhat different flavour.

Practice  group

Don’t want to  read/study any of the above but fancy a loose-knit web-group? Maybe you’d like to mull over the contents of  chapter 14 on refuge and bodhicitta… and onwards… in the new version of ‘Simply Being’ and see how you go with that…or alternatively… bring up any matters arising in practice.

P.S.Wisdom books was run by some very helpful and knowledgeable people on a not- for–profit basis (a pretty rare way of operating these days but very meritorious in enabling and facilitating dharma study). They recently ceased trading and i hope their new lives are healthy, enjoyable and fruitful.