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This is a very informal meeting to give people some idea on what is Buddhism and how is can help bring peace and calmness to life. The covid pandemic has given people the time to reflect on their work-life balance and think more about personal fulfilment and peace of mind.
The pandemic has also been challenging because of social isolation, financial and job insecurity. In the next few years, the cost of living crisis will add to that challenge.
Whilst in the west, the word is resilience, in Buddhism, we call it equanimity.
How do you achieve equanimity?
This is not a life coaching chat but more about my experience in Buddhism that has helped me? Its give an introduction to the ritual, rites and many different types of meditation technique to bring this state of equanimity.
I'm nearly 63 but I started mediating at 17 with Transcendental Meditation (17) and took refuge with my teacher from Tibet when I was 32. When I was nearly 60, I did a personal retreat high up in the North Sikkim of the Himalayan mountains in a cave.
In April 2023, I will be taking a small number of people to Sikkim to experience the beautiful and fascinating part of the Himalayan mountains. We will be visiting my cave in the Kalep Valley and the hike is in non-commercial and hidden landscape near Lachen
I stopped the free mindfulness session at our place when covid struck but will be starting them up again as they have a social, spiritual and collective benefit.
I am not a teacher but a facilitator so have a look at my blog on how to chose a teacher
I've also put together a two week schedule in Sikkim
Just click on the highlighted text to see the videos and details for each part of Sikkim
Because this will be a very popular chat, please update you status by un-RSVPing because the numbers are limited to 10
We live in Brill and this will be out first free meditation which I formerly did in Chilton before the pandemic
We live in a small place but will have spaces for 5 people, six including me.
The practise is following ritual, rite and contemplation of Buddhism and can be done sitting on a chair but preferably in five point posture sitting on the floor.
Don't worry if this is your first time as I will give guidance and help
This is what Nick has said of the sessions
Come with an open mind and enjoy
My name is Kashmira Patel and I was not a real foodie as a teenager or when got married, although dabbled in my mum’s kitchen often and quite liked good food. Having lived in a joint family with fifteen of us, my mum and aunties were always cooking! It was not until I got married and lived in Brazil, a totally different country in terms of diet and culture, that I started realising that cooking would be my next big thing!
Decades have rolled on, and here I am happy with that next big thing and enjoying what I started as an experiment, turning into a passion. At home, I love cooking all sorts, traditional Indian dishes which are tried and tested, eastern fusion from my travels to the British fayre. For my cookery school students and friends, I concentrate on the traditional, regional Indian recipes, the ones which are not served in the so called ‘Indian restaurants’. I come from Western India, state of Gujarat, which is a predominantly vegetarian. Dishes range from the dhals , cereals and steamed dishes. Vegetables play a key role in the diet too, and importance on seasonal produce is still present.
Kashmira will provide a buffet with authentic food from Gujaret in her garden should the weather be dry
Kashmira will explore the connection between Art and Spirituality from her experience of creating
Art and state of mind while creating her Ceramics. Playing with clay is like meditation, going with the
Flow, and allowing yourself to immerse within yourself.
She compares her cooking with her ‘play with clay’ as both give her immense pleasure. We will have
an open discussion with the members.
Come and enjoy a traditional Gujarati vegetarian meal
( proceeds to go the Maggies Cancer Centre in Oxford)
Please pay £18.00 per person by PayPal
Meetup does not allow a wait list for PayPal payments. Please message Russ directly if you want to be placed on the manual wait list and Russ will contact you should a space become available. A refund will be made to RSVP's if a member of my the manual wait list takes up your space