Tashi Lhunpo Monks at the Universal Hall in Findhorn
Monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery are constructing a Peace Sand Mandala at the Universal Hall in Findhorn. The mandala construction started today (Friday, 18th. Nov.) at 3pm. Viewing times are Fri. 18th. Nov. until 6pm and Sat. 19th. Nov. from 10am to 4.30pm. The ceremonial destruction of the mandala will be Sat. 19th. Nov. at 4:30pm.
From 10am-12.15 on Sat 19th. and from 2pm-3.30pm there will be prayer flag printing, sand mandala making, dukar wheel making and a chance to learn some Tibetan. All welcome - free.
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In the evening at 8pm the monks will be performing in the hall with Sacred Music and Masked Dance. Ticket prices £10/£8/£6 (under 16s)

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Thank you for joining in yesterday with the Buddhist practise group. It was a delight to have such a wonderful combination of people present!

I would like to suggest the next dates:
Fri. 16 Dec. 2011, 4-5.30pm
Fri. 20 Jan. 2012, 4-5.30pm...
Fri. 17 Feb. 2012, 4-5.30pm
at Fuam Na Mara, Fyrish road, Findhorn, £5-15 sliding scale.
I would love to hear if these dates work for you or not.

If you know people who are interested, feel free to invite them.

We will continue with the same format, of calm abiding meditation, a Lam Rim topic, and the Green Tara meditation. This seems to work well.

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Here is an update from Shambala Retreat Centre!
“What is that?” you may ask, “I thought you sold the gorgeous house overlooking Findhorn Bay?” It is true. The house is sold, and Shambala Trust is in a very interesting space: an in-between space.
In Buddhist tradition this is actually a very significant and profound experience. Buddhism pays a lot of attention to the spaces in between our lives, after our physical death. From one life to another we enter a Bardo, and in-betwee...n space. This is a time to encounter the imprints created in the past life, and “re-group” so to say, before entering the next lifecycle. Something similar may happen during our lives. After a “death” of some sort, this can be the end of a relationship, job, and project there may be a time where we are not exactly being sure
what is next. This is what Shambala Trust is in the middle of right now!

It is a very interesting space, where the old is stripped away, and we don't know yet what will unfold. The main practice in this time is staying present, be alert, awake, ready for whatever is next.

With the current trustees Thomas Warrior, Catherine Brislee, Mark Dammer and Margo van Greta, we're staying present with whatever is taking place right now, holding the space.

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