Lama’s Pyjamas is the London Buddhist Centre’s ‘Right Livelihood’ charity shop in the East End of London. They’ve just celebrated a record year, and Claudine, one of its founders, writes with the good news. She says - “Headline: This year Lama’s Pyjamas made £117,166 gross profit and a net profit of £44,500.
Manjusiha writes from the London Buddhist Centre with news of the forthcoming publication of his novel, ‘Whatever Happened to Harold Absalon?’, published under his civil name of Simon Okotie.
Maitreyabandhu and Subhadramati explains what the Urban Retreat is.
One danger of any spiritual movement is to become respectable - to behave how others expect you to, to fit into the cultural norms of a particular time and place. The Buddha wasn’t respectable - he challenged the conventions of his day, and challenged people to change.
Finding one’s own way in the Dharma: Devamitra
The most important thing about practising Buddhism is to stick at it, to keep turning up. If you do that imperfectly over the years you’re certain to make progress
Buddhism is not about fitting in. The Buddha didn’t fit into the society around him, and neither should we.
Padmalila writes from Lama’s Pyjamas in London - a charity shop attached to Triratna’s London Buddhist Centre - with news of their remarkable success in raising money for Vajrasana, the LBC’s retreat centre in Suffolk. She says - “At our recent Buddha Day festival Claudine presented a giant cheque for £27 thousand pounds to the London Buddhist Centre on behalf of Lama’s Pyjamas.
Kalyanavaca introduces her “Just Sitting” course starting on the 17th July 2012, 7:15pm-9:45pm running for four weeks and culminating in a day of practice on Sunday 19th August 10am-5pm, at the London Buddhist Centre. Suitable for anyone with a regular meditation practice. Book online at http://www.lbc.org.uk/coursesmeditationbuddhism.asp
A message below from Helen about our next LBC sub35s class: