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Kshanti required: Dharma, Meditation and other pathways in the GBC under construction

In our recent sangha survey we asked ‘what is the purpose of the Glasgow Buddhist Centre?’As a community, we responded with one voice. “We exist to deepen our spiritual practice and share the dharma with others”. At our sangha gathering in March, our aspirations became clearer. We want to realise the dharma more fully in ourselves as well as make it more literally and educationally accessible to the people of Glasgow and Scotland. Right now new structures are being imagined that will help us do that.

One of these new structures is, of course, a dharma and meditation teaching kula.... Read More

Searching for a pole star . . . . join the conversation

The conversation has begun. In small circles order members and mitras are talking about the future of the GBC. One asks, what would a financial strategy look like for the GBC? Another circle of spirited dialogue is exploring, what kind of gift do we want to make the people of Glasgow in any outreach programme? And the dharma teachers meeting, a long standing decision making group in the centre, is asking, what is our work and who are we? The council of trustees is exploring how to build the spiritual practice of dana and create a deeper culture of appreciation. 

There is one... Read More

Kuladharini

‘Flame is lit from flame, and ultimately life’s inspiration springs not from theories about life but from life itself’ Urgyen Sangharakshita The Survey of Buddhism.

‘The nature of your chairmanship of Glasgow Buddhist Centre changed radically the moment Bhante died’ These were Dassini’s words to me at our first meeting after Urgyen Sangharakshita’s death. I had been in the centre learning the role of chair for only two weeks; the formal handover had not yet taken place. And the truth of what she said landed like a thunderclap. The flame of the Buddha Dharma that our teacher had... Read More