ALBA Bulletin 08 – Aug 2013

Dear friends

Welcome to the eighth Amaravati Lay Buddhist Association’s email bulletin (August 2013) with news of forthcoming ALBA events at Amaravati.

Our main contact email for retreats and general queries remains the same:

We use this email address for all ALBA correspondence.

In this issue:

Our next day of Practice on September 14th

Weekend retreat from 4th – 6th Oct

Dates for your diary: Remaining ALBA events at Amaravati in 2013

Bodhinyana Group

Find out more about the ALBA Community

ALBA Connections Facebook Group

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)



 To book on the retreat, please complete the booking form attached to this bulletin and email to:  We will get back to you to confirm your place.

Friday 4th – Sunday 6th October

Weekend retreat on the theme of ‘Here for Now

As on our previous retreats, much of the weekend will be spent in practicing mindfulness and meditation in a much more focussed way than is often possible in a busy working life. We may also be referring to short texts and poems that are relevant to mindfulness and awakening. There will be opportunities for questions and discussion as well as substantial silent times.

The weekend will also include optional Chi Gong exercises from Cathy Birkinhead who came to our April retreat

Led by Chris Ward


Here are the dates for remaining ALBA events at Amaravati Retreat Centre. If there are any changes we will publicise these as soon as possible.

Saturday 14 September

Day of Practice – ‘The Way it is’

Led by Martin Evans

Friday 4 – Sunday 6 October

Weekend retreat (Booking required)

Here for Now – a weekend of mindfulness practice and reflection

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

Please let Martin know if you would like overnight accommodation at the Retreat Centre to help at the Kathina celebrations the following day.  Dormitory accommodation is currently available but an early booking is recommended (see below for contact details)

Saturday 7 December

Day of Practice ‘The Path to Nowehere’

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 and a booking form follow this link: October retreat booking form

For more information about our events email: or contact Martin Evans on 01442 409844.


Meetings are held at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, Bodhinyana Hall, on Thursday evenings.  All are welcome.

Meetings are as follows:

Programme Summer/Autumn 2013

Thursdays 7.30pm – 9.20pm, Bodhinyana Hall, Amaravati Buddhist Monastery

September 5 – Simon Hall

September 12 – Observance Day – join Community in Temple

September 19 – TBC

September 26 – Emotions – Simon Price

October 3 – Ajahn Kalyano

October 10 – Elizabeth Sanderson

October 17 – ‘The Buddha said …’ Chris Ward

October 24 – TBC

October 31 ‘Good stories; bad stories, no stories’ – Chris Ward

 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 9.20pm.  All are welcome – just turn up to the Bodhinyana Hall.

For more information visit our website

or contact Martin Evans, – phone 01442 409844

——————————————————————————————————————–CONNECT WITH ALBA – ON FACEBOOK AND ON YAHOO! GROUPS

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) 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.

This group has been created to enable people associated with the Amaravati Lay Buddhist Association (ALBA) and/or with the monasteries of the Thai Forest tradition to come together in community whether they live close to each other or far apart. We will be posting news of forthcoming ALBA events, including details of how to book for our weekend and five day retreats, for which booking is essential. There is no need to register in advance for day events, which are open to all.

You can use this group 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.

Membership is open to all – you don’t have to have been to one of our events – but your application to join will need to be approved. If you’re not yet on Facebook, you’ll need to join first, and you’ll then be able to join ALBA Connections.

We look forward to welcoming you to the group, and to our ALBA community.

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, do email Alison Moore on

2) 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.



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 read about ALBA on our web site here:



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 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 aware of the context of our experience.

The LSM course is spread over 8 weekly sessions (usually in the evening) and follows a similar structure to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses pioneered by Jon Kabat-zinn and now used in wide range of health, well-being and related areas. LSM also includes instruction on integrating mindfulness practice with life-contexts using a framework that reflects the eightfold path of Buddhism.

If you wish to register your interest in the next course – (the August one is now full) – please email Chris Ward at

Please visit

for more information on the current course.


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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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