A Buddhist group is trying to turn a boarded up derelict Southampton pub into a meditation centre.
The Plume of Feathers Pub in the St Mary’s area of the city has been boarded up for several months.
The Triratna Buddhist Order’s Southampton group has submitted a planning application to develop the pub in St Mary Street.
Leader Dharma Modna declined to comment on the proposal until the planning application had been heard.
Local councillor Sarah Bogle said: “I think it’s a really novel idea.
“I was surprised, to be honest, when I saw the planning application but also I thought why not?
A petition has been started in order to protect the rights of Buddhist Gypsies, or Roma, in Hungary.
This year a nationalist government was elected in Hungary. The new government rewrote the constitution and passed a law that deregisters all but a few mainstream Christian and Jewish religious organisations. These steps were taken with the aim of curbing tax abuses, but the blunderbuss policy “de-registers” all faith groups that count fewer than 1,000 members, or that have been in existence for less than 20 years.
Groups that manage to get established — and stay established for 20 years — and accumulate over 1000 members, cannot get official recognition without a parliamentary vote with a two-thirds … Read more »
How would you feel if your teacher burned your book collection? A new book by Sangharakshita highlights a challenging friendship between a Tibetan guru and his disciple.
A good dharma book is humbling. It is like a spiritual friend who isn’t afraid of cutting through our defenses in the service of positive change. Sangharakshita’s new book, exploring three songs of Milarepa, challenged me in this way. The material is compiled from edited transcripts of seminars Sangharakshita gave to members of the Triratna Buddhist Order (formerly the Western Buddhist Order) in the late 70’s, about Milarepa, his songs and the spiritual life. The songs chosen are about spiritual friendship and its challenges. We get to see … Read more »