An invitation to join us
for our annual gathering
on the theme
Awakening: Collective or Individual?
5th Nov at Birmingham Buddhist Vihara
1200 – 1600
With three speakers giving short input sessions and discussion in small groups and as a whole group
To what extent is Buddhism a personal practice or a community led practice? Certainly the practice has a strong individual aspect and awakening can be seen as purely individual. However can individual awakening exist outside of the community?
It is said that sangha is the whole of the path. Sangha refers to a community of people living together. It can also refer to a community of purifications and realisations, or the attainment of the stoppings of the mental continuum. Therefore, to what extent is awakening individual or collective?
The discussion may consider areas such as individual or group Karma, how we understand community delusion and awakening. Are group awakenings a possibility?
Bring your own personal thoughts and experiences as well as teachings from your own traditions to share in the discussions.
Speakers: Enrique Galvan-Alvarez, Jodo Shinshu; Andy Wistreich, Jamyang; and Samacitta, Tri-ratna.
1200: Lunch provided by the Vihara
1300 – 1600: Talks & discussion etc.
Birmingham Buddhist Vihara
29-31 Osler Sreet,