Finding other Buddhists

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Finding other Buddhists

Postby Lamorna » Sat Dec 28, 2013 1:36 pm

I've just moved back to Cornwall, UK after many years away and I would like to join a local Buddhist group. I am just starting out on this path and would like to meet other Buddhists for encouragement and hopefully some good teachings.

I was lucky to receive some teaching from Chamtrul Rinpoche when he visited the UK recently, and I am also studying introductory books on practice by the Dalai Lama, so I have plenty to think about and get on with. However, I am concerned about learning in isolation.

I have studied the list of Buddhist organisations on Buddhanet - it looks like a lot is happening in Cornwall - but I don't recognise any standard schools and I am sure you can understand that I want to tread carefully at first. The New Kadampa Tradition meet regularly nearby but I have found that this tradition is not for me.

I am based in SE Cornwall and would be very pleased if anyone could recommend any groups/meetings within striking distance that they have personally heard are beneficial. :thinking:
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Re: Finding other Buddhists

Postby Seishin » Sat Dec 28, 2013 1:49 pm

SE Cornwall is a big place (love it by the way :twothumbsup: ) Could you give us the nearest town?

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Re: Finding other Buddhists

Postby Lamorna » Sat Dec 28, 2013 2:25 pm

My nearest town is Liskeard.
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Re: Finding other Buddhists

Postby IdleChater » Sat Dec 28, 2013 4:05 pm

This link shows 9 Buddhist groups in Cornwall:
http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/province. ... ince_id=93
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Re: Finding other Buddhists

Postby Lamorna » Sat Dec 28, 2013 4:40 pm

Many thanks for the list of groups from Buddhanet. :thanks: Unfortunately I have already studied this list, but got nowhere. The groups either meet in the evening near Penzance (a long way from here and impossible to get to after work) or are controversial organisations that people warn you about or are just names and telephone numbers without much background information.

I am sure you understand that I would not feel happy arranging to meet up with a person who put their name and phone number on the web without finding out a bit about their group activities first, especially when they are not associated with a well known organisation.

It would be really helpful if anyone had personal experience of Buddhist groups meeting in Cornwall and could tell me a bit about them.
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Re: Finding other Buddhists

Postby Seishin » Sat Dec 28, 2013 5:58 pm

It certainly looks like there's not much near you. If no-one else on hear can provide suggestions then maybe bi-annual retreats will be your thing. That way you can practice in-depth with a reputable teacher.

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Re: Finding other Buddhists

Postby IdleChater » Sat Dec 28, 2013 6:03 pm

Lamorna wrote:Many thanks for the list of groups from Buddhanet. :thanks: Unfortunately I have already studied this list, but got nowhere. The groups either meet in the evening near Penzance (a long way from here and impossible to get to after work) or are controversial organisations that people warn you about or are just names and telephone numbers without much background information.

I am sure you understand that I would not feel happy arranging to meet up with a person who put their name and phone number on the web without finding out a bit about their group activities first, especially when they are not associated with a well known organisation.

It would be really helpful if anyone had personal experience of Buddhist groups meeting in Cornwall and could tell me a bit about them.


The chances of someone on this board having first-hand experience about Buddhist groups in Cornwal are slim to none.

If you're not willing to take a chance on "controversial", or home-based groups in your area, you may be outta luck.

Sorry.

That doesn't mean you can't still be a Buddhist or have Buddhist friends. Find a suitable group as close as you can manage and meet with them as often as practical.
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Re: Finding other Buddhists

Postby Qing Tian » Sat Dec 28, 2013 8:22 pm

Is there nothing suitable in either Saltash or Plymouth? Either of these would be easier to get to from Liskeard. Just wonderin'
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Re: Finding other Buddhists

Postby Lamorna » Sat Dec 28, 2013 10:36 pm

I can't spot anything suitable on the internet in Plymouth or Saltash, Qing Tian.

I moved house a few months ago and am just starting to go out and make friends locally. I wanted to prioritise finding a Buddhist meeting before getting tied up in other commitments. Maybe I'll just have to accept there is no local group at present - however, I live in hope :smile:

Thanks for reminding me about retreats, Idle Chater - I should keep an eye open for what might be helpful teaching for my current level of understanding.
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Re: Finding other Buddhists

Postby Kim O'Hara » Sat Dec 28, 2013 11:58 pm

Hi, Lamorna,
Another strategy is to locate local yoga or tai chi groups and ask them about Buddhist groups since the same kinds of people frequent both.
And if they say there's nothing like what you want, you may find it worthwhile joining one of them to get to know like-minded people ... and it will be good for your health as well. :smile:

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Re: Finding other Buddhists

Postby philji » Sun Dec 29, 2013 10:17 am

Speak to Jamie or Pema at Garuda Trading...see their website. They are one of the best Dharma trading companies in the world and very committed dharma practitioners. I am sure they will be able to help as they are in Cornwall.
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Re: Finding other Buddhists

Postby Seicho » Sun Dec 29, 2013 1:06 pm

If nothing shows up you could always try advertising for other Buddhists, if you'd like. You may be able to start up a meditation/practice group with other Buddhists who are in your situation. In our Tendai groups we often have Buddhists from other schools who are simply too far away from where their school meets or just Buddhists that aren't currently part of a school or group. You can make a group like that work quite well, and you can go crazy and invite different teachers to come give a talk about something.

Best of luck!
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Re: Finding other Buddhists

Postby Lamorna » Mon Dec 30, 2013 6:15 pm

Many thanks for all of your suggestions. :twothumbsup:
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Re: Finding other Buddhists

Postby Lucy_09 » Wed Jan 01, 2014 8:00 am

Nice post!
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