ALBA Bulletin 04 – April 2013

Dear friends
Welcome to the fourth Amaravati Lay Buddhist Association’s email bulletin for 2013, with news of forthcoming ALBA events at Amaravati.

ALBA Retreats are popular, so to avoid disappointment book early.Please remember that retreat applications can be emailed to:

We use this email address for all ALBA correspondence. As usual, this bulletin will also be posted on the ALBA website .

Unfortunately, we have just learnt that our web hosting provider has closed down. This means that although our Buddha Community website is still working, it is unsupported and on borrowed time. As a matter of urgency we will be investigating alternative arrangements and will publicise these when we know what they are.

In this issue:

Our next Days of Practice on:

25th May led by Martin Evans and Ajahn Sundara on the theme of ‘The Wisdom of Emotions’

8th June led by Chris Ward and Jenna Ghouse on the theme of ‘Meeting in the Moment’

Dates for your diary: ALBA events at Amaravati in 2013

Bodhinyana Group

Find out more about the ALBA Community

ALBA Connections Facebook Group

The Triple Gem Buddhist Foundation

LifeSkills Mindfulness Course

If you have any queries or comments about what you read here, I would be pleased to hear from you.

Chris Ward, on behalf of the ALBA Committee


Tel:      O7885 O67374 (Chris)



We have two days of practice two weeks apart.

For both of these events registration starts at 9.30am in the Retreat Centre Kitchen for 10.00am start.

Bring some food to share.  No booking required.  All are welcome.

 Saturday 25 May

On the theme of ‘The wisdom of emotions’

Led by Martin Evans in the morning and Ajahn Sundara after lunch

On the Buddhist Path emotions are often perceived as hindrances, or a failure in one’s practice. This can leave us with a sense of helplessness, when we habitually judge and condemn them because they do not fit into the framework of our rational understanding of the teaching. Is there a way of approaching and receiving our emotions consciously and kindly, and of realising their potential to bring about understanding and transformation?                 Ajahn Sundara

In the morning Martin will lead meditation, sitting and walking, some of which will be guided. There may also be an opportunity to prepare the grounds of the monastery for the celebration of Wesak which will happen on the following day.  In the afternoon Ajahn Sundara will lead a meditation and give a talk, followed by Q&A.

Saturday 8 June

On the theme of ‘Meeting in the Moment’

We will be exploring mindfulness in relationship.
Led by Chris Ward and Jenna Ghouse

From the very beginning of our lives we live with others. As we grow into adulthood we establish a rich network of relationships. Through the practice of mindfulness and the deliberate choice to be present in our interactions with other people, we can not only develop insight into the nature of those interactions, but also into our habitual responses; patterns that have developed from our life experience and which can overlay or colour a simple meeting in the moment. During our day of practice we will spend time in silent mindfulness and meditation practice as well as in exercises that allow us to examine what arises in our bodies and minds when we interact with others.



Here are the dates for next year’s events at Amaravati Retreat Centre. If there are any changes we will publicise these as soon as possible

Friday 5 – Tuesday 9 July

Five-day retreat on the theme of ‘Keeping it Simple

Led by Martin Evans

Buddhist meditation (mindfulness) brings us face to face with our moment by moment experience, allowing us to see directly the truth of it – the way things are.  When we see the way things are, we see through our delusion and our minds can’t fool us anymore.  Mindfulness may be simple but it is not easy, and this is partly because we forget how simple it is. 

Saturday 14 September

Day of Practice

Led by Martin Evans

Friday 4 – Sunday 6 October

Weekend retreat

Led by Chris Ward

Saturday 9 November

Day of Practice (the day before Kathina which is on the 10th November)

Led by Martin Evans in the morning and Ajahn Amaro after lunch

Saturday 7 December

Day of Practice

Led by Nick Carroll



Days of Practice – no need to book
Registration begins at 9.30 am for 10.00 am – 5.00 pm

Retreats – advance booking essential with booking form. Book early to avoid disappointment.  Registration Fri 5.00 to 7.00 pm – finishes 2.00 pm last day.

For more information about our events, if you do not have access to the internet, email: or contact Martin Evans on 01442 409844. 



Meetings are held at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, Bodhinyana Hall, on Thursday during term time.

Meetings are as follows:

May 2 – ‘When it falls apart’ Nevyn

May 9 – observance day, join community in Temple

May 16 – to July 18 we will meet every Thursday, leaders TBC

The evening begins at 7.30 pm with a short chant and a period of meditation, following which an experienced lay Buddhist introduces the topic for discussion.  Finishes at 9.30pm.  All are welcome – just turn up to the Bodhinyana Hall.

For more information contact:

Martin Evans, – phone 01442 409844


Do you live a long way from a monastery or a local group? Or are you housebound or otherwise limited in how much you can get out and about? Would you like to meet like-minded people in your part of the country? Are you looking for a lift to the monastery to come to a day of practice? Or would you be prepared to offer one.

There are two online groups you can join.

1) The ALBA Connections Yahoo! group  enables you to contact each other directly, for example to discuss Dhamma topics, to support each other’s practice, to make practical arrangements, for example for lifts to events at Amaravati, or simply to make conversation with Dhamma friends. Click on Join This Group! , in the top right-hand corner of the home page, to join.

2) Our Facebook group open to all who subscribe to this bulletin and who are also on Facebook.

Like the ALBA Connections Yahoo! group, the Facebook group lets you contact each other directly, for example to discuss Dhamma topics, to support each other’s practice, to make practical arrangements, for example for lifts to events at Amaravati, or simply to make conversation with Dhamma friends. You can also share links and photos.

We’ve set it up as a ‘secret’ group, which provides the highest possible level of security and privacy within Facebook. Only you can see the group and it’s invisible to non-members. It will not show up on your profile or come up in a general search, and posts to and from the group will not show up on your wall.

Membership is by invitation only. If you’d like to join, you’ll need to become my friend on Facebook – just add me (Alison Moore) – and I can then add you to the group. If you know me, you’ll recognise me by my picture – if not, just pick the Alison Moore with ‘Oxford University – Innerleithen’ under her name (I think I’m the only one).

If you’re not on Facebook, I hope this will tempt you to join! But rest assured, although we’ll be posting information about events, ALBA news and so on, you won’t miss anything important – you will still get the bulletin as usual, and you can visit the Buddha Community website for all the latest news.

If you have any queries about Facebook and/or the group, so email Alison Moore on



The Amaravati Lay Buddhist Association is no more nor less than its members and supporters … and that includes you!

Every one of you who attends an ALBA event, who subscribes to ALBA’s newsletter, Community, who is a member of our Yahoo! group, ALBA Connections, or of the ALBA Connections Facebook page, or who reads this bulletin, is part of ALBA, and helps to make it what it is. Of course, ALBA is also a working organisation, and as you’re a part of it, you might like to:
Find out more about ALBA, its purpose and how it operates


The Triple Gem Buddhist Foundation (TGBF) is an independent charity set up by a group of ALBA members to support a range of activities including organising mindfulness and related courses and events, the provision of Dhamma teaching and publications, and providing analyses of social issues and contemporary events.

The TGBF website provides details of all TGBF activities.

Visit Triple Gem – The Buddhist Foundation


The LifeSkills Mindfulness Course (LSM) is derived from Buddhist meditation practices that have been used in a range of training courses over the past 30 years to help alleviate stress, unhappiness and chronic pain.

Mindfulness refers to the ability that we all have to stay present with our immediate experience and to be fully aware of the context of our experience.

More about the LSM full course:

  • It consists of a series of 2 hour sessions once a week for 8 weeks
  • It is skills based – so we will be practising rather than learning theory
  • Full notes are provided by email for the course
  • The fee includes a course book

If you wish to register your interest in the next course – date to be determined – please email Chris Ward at

Please visit the TGBF website for more information.

**Please Note** the triple gem website is also affected by the closure of our web hosting provider and will be moving shortly.



Join this at:

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Every month we invite you to visit ALBA’s website, Buddha Community, on which you will find a wealth of information about ALBA and our events, with a news page that is regularly updated.

We’d particularly like to draw your attention to our blog, where we post articles, views and opinions and invite comments. You are also welcome to submit contributions of your own to be considered for publication on the blog.

Contact Chris Ward at to find out more.



If you know of anyone who would be interested to receive this newsletter but who doesn’t have access to email or to the Internet, do please consider printing out the full version and passing it on to them. This might be on an individual basis, between friends, or if you are a member of a local group, for example, you could pass round a copy at meetings.

I do receive requests for printed copies from time to time, so if you would be happy to ‘buddy up’ with one other person and take responsibility for sending them a copy through the post, let me know on and I can let you have their contact details.



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