Row of Rupas

Cambridge Buddhist Society Noticeboard

Some Local Events
Post Talk Contributions
Some National Events
A Cookery Book


Visit by H.H. Dalai Lama?

The H.H. Dalai Lama's Mind and Life Institute, see and, has very recently proposed an important programme for the spring of 2015, hopefully to be held in Cambridge.

This would involve discussions between H.H. Dalai Lama and leading academics about the Science of Compassion, Applied Secular Ethics and other subjects.
Following H.H. Dalai Lama's successful visit to Cambridge last April for the Global Scholars Symposium, His Holiness wants to include in the discussions student and graduate representatives from around the UK.

The question is whether there is enough support here in Cambridge for this event to go ahead. Otherwise it will go to another major university.
The proposal has the support of the Master of Magdalene, Lord Rowan Williams, and some other members of the University.

A decision on whether this project will take place in Cambridge has to be taken in the very near future, and to gauge support an online survey was sponsored by ELST at:-
The survey closes this coming Friday 18th October and only takes a few seconds to complete.

The new Monks Residence in Harston

See details at our   Meditation page

Some Local Events

See our programme page for a talk by Sister Kovida at the Unitarian Church on Friday October 24th.

Awareness and Insight
A non-residential weekend retreat led by Sister Kovida on October 25th and 26th 2014  9.30am to 5.30pm.

At The Village Hall, 6A Church Road, Hauxton CB22 5JB
(Hauxton is south of Cambridge, off the A10)

Note the different venues for the talk mentioned above and the weekend retreat.

Sister Kovida is a Buddhist Nun who lived at Amaravati and Chithurst Buddhist Monasteries from 1992 until 2010. She currently lives outside of the monastic setting walking on tudong (wandering), practicing meditation, and teaching.
In this retreat she will offer guidance in developing awareness and insight into the nature of our minds that is appropriate for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

The teaching is offered freely but any donation towards the cost of the premises is gratefully received.

For further information and booking please contact Dan:

Those Saturday retreats organised regularly by the Gaia House Cambridge group (described on our   Meditation page) are now listed and described on the groups web page  Gaia House Cambridge Day Retreats

The Gaia House Cambridge Day Retreat dates are:

Stephen Batchelor, 5 July 2014

Rob Burbea, 13th Sept 2014

Yanai Postelnik, 22 Nov 2014

Post Talk Contributions

Canonical Citations and Stephen Batchelor

Stephen Batchelor has compiled a document of Pali source texts which he used during his visit to us on 10th and 11th Sept 2010

He has kindly made these available to us, see pdf file at   Canonical Citations  * .
But now see  2012 version .

His own web site is a comprehensive source of his work, including books etc. see  Stephen's web site

The Eight Verses

Tenzin Dechen Rochard has kindly made available a copy of the "Eight Verses of Transforming the Mind".

These can be seen at: The Eight Verses  * .

Links to some National Events

Please note there is also a list of some National Events given at

A Cookery Book

"Vegetarian Vietnamese Cookery" (see front cover)

This book has been prepared over two years by the Cambridge Interbeing Sangha (see Meditation Groups page) , a meditation group that practices according to a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist tradition. All profits from the sales of this book will go to the Being Peace Practice Centre in Dorset, UK.

The Vegetarian Vietnamese Cookery book includes a wide variety of delicious recipes, from easy-to-prepare everyday dishes to more complicated dishes for special occasions. With a preface by Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen master and peace activist, it introduces the Vietnamese Buddhist approach to preparing and cooking food with awareness and joy.

Dr Thi Phung Ly of Cambridge, combines her nutritional knowledge as a medical doctor with the wisdom brought down to her through her mother and grandmother in Vietnam, in order to adapt these recipes for vegetarians and vegans with ingredients available in the UK. The book contains numerous colour photographs to illustrate the recipes and demonstrate the techniques used to prepare the dishes.

The C of I Sangha invite you to enjoy cooking and eating these dishes!

In Cambridge you can pick up a copy of the book by contacting Joy Magezis at

Nationally Available from:

Community of Interbeing bookshop Tel: 0870 850 2615 Web: bookshop

Re. * :- You will need Abode Reader or equivalent to view these files. This is free software commonly installed on computers, but if you require it can be downloaded from