Thanks to Claire and Liz for sharing these photos:
After years of searching and months of preparation, the Triratna Highland Buddhist Centre is now open. Sadhu!! Here are a few photos from this afternoon’s ceremony:
At the end of March we held our annual Sangha retreat at Ratagan Youth Hostel. Led by Suriyavamsa, we explored the mandala of the Five Buddhas.
Order Members and Mitras enjoyed a day of practice this Sunday (February 9th) led by Mitras in Sridakini’s study group. The focus was on the dakinis of the cremation ground. We listened to talks from Sangharakshita, and then the personal experiences of Suzie and Rowan. It was a day of intensifying practice, of realising that if we want the help of the dakinis, then we have indeed to be willing to place ourselves in the cremation ground, and then transformation of consciousness is possible!
Last Saturday – the day of the solstice – a few of us gathered at the Centre in Inverness for a day of meditation, reflection and togetherness. Led by Satyapada, and embraced by the mandala of the five archetypal buddhas, we thought deeply about the year that has passed and the year to come. A peaceful, hopeful day!
One of the activities was to think about something positive about ourselves, something we perhaps started during 2013 and intend to continue in 2014. This we wrote in gold and silver pens on fragments of slate, which we then put in a little boat Satyapada made for the occasion. Then we carried our boat with its ballast of hope down to the River Ness and launched it into the fast flowing water and the future!