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The 2nd Year Interfaith mindfulness day

Sunday, 12th May 2019

On Saturday the 11th May 2019, the second year Interfaith mindfulness day at the Varapunya Meditation Centre went successfully. There were about 30 people from different faiths Brahmakumaris, Buddhists, Church of Scotland, Hindu, Unitarian church, Jews, Muslim, Pagan, Quaker and on their interested one. we were delighted to have meditation and reflection on the theme of Trees.

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Ajahn Sujan warmly welcomed and led the silent mindful walk in the woodland for an hour as a part of well-being activity. It was good that the event fell just as Mental Health week in Grampian. It was a wonderful mindful walk that connects to the nature and trees. There was a moment of reflection at the half way and everyone was invited to share thoughts and friendly conversation.

Everyone had an opportunity to take part in the traditional food offering to the Buddhist monks that involves chanting, offering, blessing and reflection moments. Tree plays very essential part in the Buddhist practice, said Ajahn. He further said that the Buddha was born under the tree in Lumbini despite of being a prince. He was enlightened under the tree at the age of 35, which was the beginning of Buddhism. He gave his first discourse under the tree and passed away under the tree.

Buddhism is like a tree. It has roots, trunk, branches and leafs. Our life also similar to tree. The Buddha talks three root causes that are subject to our birth and death. If we understood the root properly we can make huge different to life. Similar to trees, good root brings good tree. Ajahn further said that tree grows depending on condition so our life. There is no different between tree and ourself.

Members of centre prepared delicious varieties of foods for all, which everyone enjoyed. In the afternoon session, Different faith representatives gave the reflection and guided meditation. Kathrine from Brahmakumaris reflects the greatness of earth and uniqueness of tree that gives life and keep environmentally safe. Nigel gave his experience of his grand daughter being sad to see tree being cut as a sign of caring heart of his grand daughter. Along with that he gave few insights from Quaker believe. The chairperson of Interfaith ABERDEEN told story of The three trees whose dream changes from one thing to very special relating to the life of Jesus. Suki from Sikh spoke the importance of tree and the Ecosikh project to celebrate 550 years of Gurunanak’s birthday. The project intends to plant million trees around the world. Caroline from Unitarian church guided us a meditation with the tree. Putting feet comfortably as the tree and extending your feet as though growing roots firmly into the ground. Extending energy from the ground to the whole of the body and feel the connection. Bruce introduced his reflection from Pegan and Buddhism point of view by saying that every small seed possesses a massive tree and the nature is such that it will die one day. As the tree grows moves around along with the wind simply means standing alive in the midst of difficulties and becoming more stronger. Our life is also similar to the tree that we have to go through such difficulties many time to be stronger and stronger. David from Varapunya meditation centre led the loving kindness meditation to end the session and everyone took part of planting trees in the woodland, which everyone thoroughlyenjoyed.

We had a soft music from melting pot group Aberdeen, which gave extra flavour to the day.

on behalf of the centre express your thanks and appreciation to you all for your participation. I also extend heartfelt thanks to the members of the centre who kindly prepared place, food and given warmth and first class hospitality.

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‘I have been feeling replenished and restored since leaving the temple, and mind heart has been even more full of love for the wonderful trees. We are so blessed to have growing all around us..’ – Caroline

‘A great day. Thanks for such a wonderful hospitality.

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