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Introductory talk in Acton
For Budding Buddhas who live out west, I'm flagging up this lecture, which is a regular event in Acton High Street on the first Thursday evening of every month. Unlike our own Saturday meetings, the Acton event is much the same every time, serving as a general outline of the philosophy, practice and benefits of Nichiren Buddhism. It's a good starting point for absolute beginners. Please note: This is a free open-to-public meeting, not currently co-ordinated by this Meetup group. However, please sign up and report back here in the usual manner as this will help me to monitor responses and see if it's worth fully integrating into our group's offerings. I'd like to set up a similar group support element if/when someone comes forward to look after it. Meanwhile, West London is way out of my zone. Like our own London Ikeda Peace Centre meetings, these gatherings have been rolling regularly and successfully for quite some time now. You can be assured that they are unlikely to be cancelled and you will be warmly welcomed by the organisers. Here's the Acton Centre's website for further info:

SGI-UK West London Centre

The Maples, 18 (Acton) High Street, w3 6LJ · London

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Through Meetup, I've been having some great discussions with people interested in all kinds of meditative practices - into which I've chipped bits of my knowledge and experiences of Nichiren Buddhism, which I've practised for many years under the lay 'sangha' of Soka Gakkai International UK. Whilst SGI-UK discussions on this very dynamic form of Buddhism take place in all London neighbourhoods, I'm regularly involved in a rolling series of well-attended public introductory talks at the London Ikeda Peace Centre, between Kings Cross and Russell Square, on the last Saturday afternoon of each month. They are free to attend, and free from obligation to take part. Details of times and topics can be found at the website here: Fueled by inspiring, creative dialogues I've enjoyed in other related Meetups, my intiial thought in plugging these introductions to the Meetup community is to offer moral support to those who might be interested to go along to these last-Saturday events. My idea is to latch on to the existing momentum of these sessions and add a small, friendly forum where we can talk over notes and queries arising from the lecture topics, either within the centre itself or a nearby cafe. That said, I live in Walthamstow and support a dozen or so existing SGI-UK meeting groups throughout East London. If Kings Cross isn't on your radar or my suggested Meetup times don't suit you, but you'd be interested in doing something a bit further to the East or North East, let's touch base and see else what we can fix up.

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