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Sat 2 Jan 2010: TEA PARTY at Libra Aries Bookshop, 4pm to 8pm

We do hereby invite you to a TEA PARTY "for no other reason than it was the quickest way to check out who was still awake, or alive on this awful slippery post-new-year Saturday afternoon, drug-out hung-over & weak, all over aching for something..." (Bella Basura, 1998).
Winter Solstice Blessings, Jean & Tim.
VENUE: Libra Aries Bookshop, 9 The Broadway, Mill Road, Cambridge CB1 3AH, Tel: (01223) 412 411
www.libra-aries-books.co.uk

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Sun 3 Jan '10: Service of Universal Worship (devised by Hazrat Inayat Khan), 6pm

Margaret will be doing a Service of Universal Worship (devised by Hazrat Inayat Khan to honour all the major religions) using chants and dances. The theme will be Peace and there will be readings from all the major religions which Margaret hopes some of you will be prepared to read (she will provide the readings unless somebody wants to find their own reading in advance - please let Margaret know). This event is open to all, but as it is in her home she would like to know approx numbers beforehand so please call 01223 365484 or email
Please bring some food to share afterwards. The service will take about an hour and a half.
NB Please arrive promptly!
Venue: at Margaret Amina's house, 17 Mariners Way, Cambridge CB4 1BN (easy parking).

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Wed 20 Jan:"New Beginnings!" - Dances of Universal Peace with Ralph (Rainbow Dance), 8 -10pm

(3rd Wednesday / month) When it's dark and cold outside: what better thing is there than singing and dancing and warming your being from the inside from your heart! See you there!
Be prepared for an experience beyond words, singing and dancing in a circle. The peace dances are very much multi-faith. They are not religious in any narrow sense, but rather a spiritual (or even mystical) experience in a joyful and worshipful atmosphere, honouring various religious and spiritual traditions.
No Experience required. More
Cost: £7 - concessions
VENUE: Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane / Park Street, CB5 8BA, Cambridge city. Click here to see location in Cambridge street map

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Sun 14 Feb 2010: World Sound Healing Day - Sounding an "AH" for planetary peace

Every year on the 14th February people throughout the planet join together at 12 noon to tone the heart sound "AH" for a minimum of 5 minutes with the intention of projecting love to the Earth. People all over the world create a heart wave of sound that resonates around the planet.
World Sound Healing Day was begun in 2002 by Jonathan Goldman the founder of the US Sound Healers Association. Every year more people from more countries have joined in.
Certain prophecies suggest that if 144,000 people join together for planetary healing this could have a significant effect in restoring balance to the Earth.
For more details please go to www.collegeofsoundhealing.co.uk/pages/worldsound.html (World Sound Day)
The Global Consciousness Project is an international, multi-disciplinary collaboration of scientists, engineers, artists and others. Their purpose is to examine how large scale events effect consciousness in the world. They found a large shift in global consciousness after last years World Sound Healing Day. http://noosphere.princeton.edu/ (Meaningful Correlations in Random Data)

Sun 14 Feb: Valentines Circle of Simplicity - A Celebration of Love, 5-7pm

A Celebration of Love - Pure and Simple To sing is to Romance the Soul, is to fall into Blissful Love with All That Is. By merging with the sound current of sacred chant we remember our wholeness- We remember that Love requires no ceremonies, it Just Is... In this special evening of Devotional Singing in the Circle of Simplicity We will Open our Hearts and sing to the Beloved Within and Without, Coming Home to the Love that We Are.
We'll meditate, then chant (I use chants from a variety of spiritual traditions for all are welcome and all are one) together for a couple of hours and this time's theme will be Love and heart opening song, concluding with a relaxing sound bath. Foodshare afterwards.
Cost: by Donation. Followed by a Veggie/Vegan Foodshare- please bring food to share.
Organised by Katie Rose - 07870 679 161 - www.therosewindow.org
Venue: RSVP for the address.

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Fri 26 Feb: "Thich Nhat Hanh and Vietnamese Zen" - talk by Murray Corke, 7-30pm

Murray Corke is a veterinary surgeon, conservationist and advocate for animal welfare. He studied with the FWBO for several years, before encountering the teaching and practice of Thich Nhat Hanh on a retreat in south Devon in 1992. Spending time on a number of retreats at Plum Village, Thich Nhat Hanh's monastery in south west France proved a liberating and joyful experience. He has been active in the Community of Interbeing since it was formed to promote the teaching of Thich Nhat Hanh and the practice of mindfulness in Britain. Murray received the 14 Mindfulness Trainings from Thay in 1994, and received Lamp Transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh in November 2004 becoming a Dharma teacher in this tradition. (www.interbeing.org.uk)
VENUE: Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge city

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Sat 6 March: Closing down sale Libra Aries Bookshop!

Libra Aries Bookshop on Mill Road, Cambridge will be closing down on Saturday 6th March 2010.
Libra Aries Bookshop has become a unique institution in Cambridge and is the only independent spiritual & alternative bookshop in Cambridge. Apart form the recession most certainly Amazon etc. are to blame (and you yourself!) for this. 'Use it - or loose it' has become a reality: we didn't use Libra & Aries enough - so we loose it. I am really sorry to see you go and wish Jean & Tim lots of blessings for their future! (Ralph Nimmann)

We will still be selling books by mail order, and at conferences camps & festivals. We will keep the same phone number, email & web address, and will still be able to receive snail mail at the shop address for the next few months.
For more information, please see our website, phone us on 01223 412411 or email us at the usual address:
Please pass this message on to anyone who may need to see it.
Bright Blessings,
Jean & Tim.
VENUE: Libra Aries Bookshop, 9 The Broadway, Mill Road, Cambridge CB1 3AH, Tel: (01223) 412 411 www.libra-aries-books.co.uk

Sat 6 March: CIRCLE DANCING AT THE BUDDHIST CENTRE, 2.00 to 4.30 (+ every 2 weeks thereafter)

Next Sat. afternoon sessions: March 20th, April 17th (after Easter) and on the 1st &r 3rd Saturdays of the month from May.
Circle Dancing is a mind-body practice and a mindful activity that also strengths the sense of Sangha through the feelings of harmony and joy arising from moving together with music. It is a means of deepening our Buddhist practice by relating to our selves and others at many levels.
Sessions will be in the Bodywork Studio, breaking for tea and conversation.
No previous experience needed. Just come along, join in, and have fun! Sessions will be led by Angela Dyer
Venue: The Cambridge Buddhist centre, 36-38 Newmarket Road, Cambridge, CB5 8DT, phone: 01223 577 553

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Thu 11 March, at 7-30pm, "Buddhism and Psychotherapy" - talk by James Low, 7-30pm

James is a psychotherapist, student of Tibetan Buddhism and a meditation teacher (www.simplybeing.co.uk)
After reading anthropology at Edinburgh in the end of the sixties, he went to India to continue his studies living at first in the company of sadhus. Later he encountered the world of Tibetan Buddhism and he studied Tibetan language, literature and philosophy at Vishva-Bharati University, Shantiniketan under the guidance of Chhimed Rigdzin Rinpoche who also became his meditation teacher. Then for ten years James worked with Rinpoche translating many important Nyingma texts as well as doing extensive meditation retreats in the Himalayas. He combines the philosophy of east and west, as well as the view and meditation of Dzogchen, with his experience of modern psychotherapy.
James is a consultant psychotherapist in a London NHS teaching hospital and also has a private psychotherapy practice. He has taught on many psychotherapy trainings in Britain and is the current chair of the Training Committee of the Philadelphia Association. www.philadelphia-association.co.uk
He is the author of a number of books including
Being Right Here: The Mirror of Clear Meaning - Simply Being: Texts in the Dzogchen Tradition - and with John Crook: The Yogins of Ladakh: A Pilgrimage among the Hermits of the Buddhist Himalayas
Venue: UNITARIAN CHURCH, Emmanuel Road /corner Victoria STREET, near Drummer St. Bus Station

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Sat 20 March 2010: Equinox Meditation @ 17:32 GMT
- 2nd Step in a Cycle of 12 Globally Synchronized Meditations before Dec. 2012 -

You are hereby invited to join in the second step in a series of 12 globally synchronized meditations designed to mark the celebrations of the last 12 solstices and equinoxes before December 21, 2012, an era-changing pivotal moment that has been recognized and heralded by many as the central shifting point into a new Golden Age for humanity and all Life on Earth. Read more on 'Global Events"

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Fri 9 April: Ceilidh with the Cambridge Crofters Folk Band, Trumpington, 7.30 for 8pm to 11.30pm

Bar with Fair Trade, locally sourced wine beer and juices. All Welcome.
This is Transition Cambridge Event for our Second Birthday but we really Welcome local people to come to this fun community orientated event.
Tickets £8 Adult, £6 concessions and £4 children under 14. Tickets available in advance from James on 07874 905594 or book on www.transitioncambridge.org/party
any profits will go to Transition Cambridge to raise awareness about empowering practical community responses to peak oil and climate change.
VENUE: Trumpington Village Hall, Cambridge, CB2 9HZ

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Wed 21 April: Juice Pilates - New Pilates and Yoga Studio Mill Road, 7-12 & 5-8:30

Newly Opened dedicated Reformer Pilates, Mat Pilates, Yoga and personal training studio
First Class £1, sign up for pilates and yoga classes online: www.JuicePilates.com/schedule.html
Yoga classes starting Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 - see more www.JuicePilates.com
VENUE: Juice Pilates, 48a Mill Road, Cambridge CB1 2AS

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Sat 1 May at sunrise: 1st Morris Dancing at Wandlebury 5.30am -6.15am
"May Day Celebration" at Wandlebury 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

1) 5.30am: Meet on the Picnic Field and watch the Devils Dyke Morris Men as they dance to greet the summer sun as it rises above the woodlands at Wandlebury. FREE – donations welcome.

2) From 10AM: Meet at the Stable Rooms for Maypole dancing and craft activities. Prize for the best dressed Green Man and May Queen. All children must be accompanied by an adult, bring a picnic and enjoy the day. No need to pre-book. Cost: £5 per child (CPPF members £3)

Phone Head Ranger on 01223 243830 for more information
Venue: Wandlebury Country Park is on the A1307 (2.5km south of the Addenbrooke’s roundabout). [tel: 492 532]
See hwww.cambridgeppf.org/events/labels/wandlebury.html

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Sun 2 May: Beltane Celebration Day Dry Drayton, 11-5pm (PRE-BOOKING ESSENTIAL)

Join us in celebrating this traditional Celtic "Fire Energy" Festival marking the start of Summer. We will be dancing outside in woods and field as well as indoors, including the famous "Beltaine Brand", "Hoof and Horn" and "May the Circle be Open" traditional circle dances [full instructions given!] plus shamanic music and videos.

Drumming, chanting, dancing and rituals have the power to calm, center, lift depression, release anger and stress emotions, boost the immune system, enhance health and stress-resistance. Breath and walking meditations, divination cards.

Beltane is partly about raising our fire-energy - our passion and motivation for the coming months, but also about opening the heart chakra so that we may give out and receive the gentle supportive warmth of loving relationships during the coming months. Fire energy is also about "purification" - letting go of what is no longer needed and reconnecting to our core soul qualities and soul-purpose for this lifetime. We will be engage with this theme via symbolic dance and the ritual burning of our personal secret. Facilitated by Mike Meredith.
See more @ www.sunflower-health.com/shamanicworkshops.htm
Venue: Dry Drayton Village Hall - details see www.sunflower-health.com/admin/drydrayton.htm


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Sun 2 May: Libra Aries Book Labyrinth and Tea Party, 1-5pm

We are pleased to invite you to join us for a one-off event: Drop in to browse our choicest books, build & walk the peace labyrinth - and have a cup of tea!
See www.libra-aries-books.co.uk for more. We hope you will be able to join us! Bright Blessings, Tim & Jean.
Contact: Tim & Jean, Tel: (01223) 412 411
VENUE: the Bharat Bhavan (old Mill Road library, by the railway bridge)

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Mon 3 May: Circle Dancing on the Maze (Labyrinth) at Saffron Walden, 2pm

Come and Celebrate the coming of Spring and the anticipation of Summer. Celebrate the sunshine, the music, the movement of the dance, the friends, and the cups of tea!
Bring picnic food, a cup for your tea, dancing feet and musical instruments. contact Corinne & Dave, tel: 01245 469158 or Email: or just come and join us

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Thu 6 May: Election Day!

Elections will take place on Thursday 6 May for 17 seats on Cambridge City Council.
See more at http://www.cambridge.gov.uk (Election results 2008 see http://www.cambridge.gov.uk.
The Prime Minister has called for a general election to be held on the same day.
(See European Election 2009, UK Results: http://news.bbc.co.uk
See Ralph's opinion about the election on May 6th 2010: "Hopes for a Hung Parliament"
P.S. from Ralph, a supporter and member of the Green Party: the Cambridge Greens ae now using the former Libra Aries Bookshop, 9 The Broadway, Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1 3AH (phone 213 049) as their campaign office, which is manned from around 8:30am to 6:30ish pm. Why don't you pop round and get a "Vote Tony Juniper / Green Party" poster or board and stick it up where you live? All signs indicate political change; would be nice to see Cambridge covered with green posters!

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Fri 7 May: "Mindfulness: Today’s Fad? And is it Being Denatured?" - talk by Michael Chaskalson, 7-30pm

Michael joined the Western Buddhist Order in 1977 and was given the name Kulananda, under which name he has published several books on Buddhism and related subjects. In 1979 Michael founded Windhorse: Evolution, an entrepreneurial fair-trade company that today has sales of around £10 million and gives its profits to charity. Upon leaving the company in 1988 he helped to found the Cambridge Buddhist Centre and subsequently devoted much of his time to Buddhism – studying, meditating, teaching and writing. For several years he was a member of the Network of Western Buddhist Teachers who met regularly with the Dalai Lama to discuss matters of common concern. In 2004 Michael took up a masters course in the clinical applications of mindfulness that is now run in the Department of Psychology at Bangor University. He now teaches a module entitled 'The Buddhist Background to Mindfulness-Based Courses' on the Bangor masters programme. Michael is currently working on a book, The Mindful Workplace, for Wiley-Blackwell. (www.michaelchaskalson.com)
VENUE: Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge city

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Fri 21 May: Vesakh (or Wesak) - Buddha-Day Celebration, 7.00pm for 7.30pm

An opportunity for Buddhists and friends to come together and celebrate the Buddha's Birth, Enlightenment, and Parinirvana.
There are very many different Buddhist groups in Cambridge with roots in different traditions and in recent years they have come together to have a shared Buddha Day celebration where each group offers something different towards the ceremony.
Everyone is welcome to this occasion, Buddhist or non-Buddhist, and whether or not you are a member of one of the different local groups.
Enquiries: Richard Potter potterrichardm[AT]googlemail.com - 01223 411018
Cambridge Buddhist Society talks are listed on our noticeboard www.cambridgebuddhistsociety.org.uk/noticeboard.html
VENUE this year: Friends Meeting House, Hartington Grove, Cambridge, CB1 7UB.

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Wed 26 May: The Impact of Modern Technology on Faith - Inter-Faith Discussion, 7 for 7:30pm

You are cordially invited to join this discussion meeting, open to all.
Organised by the Cambridge Inter-Faith Group (www.cam.net.uk/home/interfaith)
VENUE: Unitarian Church (not the hall!), Emmanuel Road / Victoria Street, opposite Drummer Street Bus Station, CB1 1JW - see web map)

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Fri 28 May (changed date!): Bhante Bodhidhamma, 7-30pm

hikkhu Bodhidhamma is English and has been an ordained Theravada monk for over 20 years. In 1976 Bhante began meditation in the Soto Zen Tradition and after three years, he began to practice in the Theravada tradition. His main teachers have been Sayadaws U Janaka and U Pandita. In 1986, he ordained and subsequently spent eight years as a solitary at Kanduboda, the main Mahasi Centre in Sri Lanka. In the spring of 1998 he returned to Britain and has since been teaching in England and also in Ireland, Italy and Switzerland. Between 2000 and 2005 he was a teacher in residence at Gaia House and he is now the spiritual director of the Satipanya Buddhist Trust at Powys, Wales. (www.satipanya.org.uk)
On Saturday 5th June Bhante Bodhidhamma will lead a one day course of meditation at the Friends Meeting House.
VENUE: Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge city

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Sun 20 June: visualising the earth crust moving slightly to shut the oil spill under the gulf of Mexico, 4:50pm-5pm

Please join in visualising and read the following UPDATE: http://www.earthrainbownetwork.com/FocusArchives/LastMinuteUpdate.htm

Read about the Healing Prayer by Dr. Emoto for all living creatures in the Gulf of Mexico and its surroundings,
"THE DRAGONS ARE AWAKENING" by Kiara Windrider
and more, including the following (all in the link above!):

Earth People... Awake!
You came from every part of this mighty Universe to help revive this dying planet.
You are those few selected ones who were given the rare privilege to assist this planet in giving birth to a new Being in the cosmic pantheon of gods: Gaia, the Immortal Child.
The Time is Now...
Awake from your sleepy state and carry out your Divine Mission on Earth.
The Time is Now...
Open your mind to the ideas poured into you through the sacred guidance of your soul.
The Time is Now...

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Mon 21 June: Summer Solstice special

Mon 21 June Cambridge: Circle Dancing in Cherry Hinton Park, 6:30AM-8:30AM

We will dance from 6:30 - about 7:30AM, have a little picnic, followed by some dances to finish. We usually end before 9AM. Contact: Pam Adcock, phone 501 908.
VENUE: Cherry Hinton Park, behind the duck pond => web map with arrow on streetmap.co.uk

Mon 21 June: Global Summer Solstice Meditation: Third Step in a Cycle of 12 Globally Synchronized Meditations, 12:28 (summer time)

Focus on: "I am Peace". The following is a good attunement to the meditation:
"Before My very first Creative Fiat, All That I Am was Peace, a Peace so profound, so eternal, so thoroughly imbued with Grace that no human concept can possibly express this unfathomable state of Bliss, overflowing with still unmanifested Love and Light. That very same state of absolute Peace is eternally rooted in the very essence that I Am, and to this moment in the all encompassing Continuum of all that was, is and will ever be, I continue to be a living expression of that blissful state of graceful Peace. Acknowledging this fact in this very moment is reigniting once again the power that lies at the heart of Peace, a power so universal and so majestic that it can soothe and heal all that My Love embraces and all that My Light touches. When I Am totally allowing the Well of Peace in me to flow forth like a gushing fountain of pure energy, I am completely purified from any disturbing thought and ephemeral desire that could trouble the stillness in my consciousness that allows me to know Who I Am, and act and BE as such."

More about this global meditation at: www.earthrainbownetwork.com/FocusArchives/June212010Meditation.htm (Webposted on May 22, 2010 for the June 21, 2010 global meditation - PLEASE HELP NETWORK THIS...)

Finally you can conclude this meditation through reading the following, aloud or within the sacred sanctuary of your soul:

I am a soul. A divine spark of the Infinite that gave birth to this universe.

I remember Who I am and serve the Greater Purpose of Life as One with All That is.

I came here with many other souls to assist in the expansion of Light on this living planet Earth.

I accept to let Love be the guiding beacon of my life and to shine Its radiance in every moment.

I am a soul and the sole purpose of my existence is to be All That I Am.

So be it.


Mon 21 June: Cambridge Global Peace Meditation Meeting, 12noon-1pm

I invite everyone interested to come into the back of our garden to share the global peace meditation around our little stone circle. Please read www.earthrainbownetwork.com/FocusArchives/June212010Meditation.htm before you come.
Please be there by 12:15 the latest. If you have any inspiration what to do, please contact Ralph beforehand.
VENUE: Ralph's home, 45 Walpole Road, CB1 3TH - phone 510442

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Thu 15 July: Cambridge INFORMATION EXCHANGE, 12-30pm - 1:30pm

The Cambridge City Council - Arbury Neighbourhood Community Project Invites you to join other voluntary, statutory and business groups, companies, and individuals.
Come along and introduce yourself, let other groups and agencies know who you are and what you do. Find out who others are and what they do, and network.
Please pass the invitation on to others who may be interested in attending.

Lunch will be provided. Everybody will be asked to do a brief 1 minute description of their role/activity in the community. Networking in smaller groups. Time to talk more directly to people and exchange leaflets and contact details.
I look forward to seeing you there! Please let me know if you hope to attend.
Take care and keep smiling. With rainbows and butterflies, E: lexzecia.cayneeo[AT]cambridge.gov.uk or phone 01223 508302 - 079202 10959
Venue: 82 Akeman St Comunity Centre, Cambridge, CB4 3HG

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Wed 28 July 2010: Inter-Faith visit to the Cambridge Buddhist Centre, 7.30 p.m.

You are invited by the Cambridge Inter-Faith Group (www.cam.net.uk/home/interfaith) to attend our visit to the Buddhist Centre on Wednesday 28 July 2010 to learn about Buddhism and this Centre. Meet at the Centre at 7.30 p.m.
VENUE: 38 Newmarket Road, Cambridge, CB5 8DT (next to Hewitsons Solicitors & behind the Grafton Centre)
Information about the Centre including nearby parking at www.cambridgebuddhistcentre.com

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Sun 5 Sept: Feeding Your Demons - Psychological Integration and Non Dual Wisdom (Daylong Workshop), 10am - 5pm

This workshop is open to everyone regardless of experience, who wants to work deeply with their own ‘demons’. It will provide you with a thorough grounding in this remarkable method for transforming and befriending negative emotions, fears, illness and self defeating patterns.
You will be introduced to the radical notion that to heal and transform ourselves we must ‘feed’ not fight our demons.

The process has been developed and carefully designed by Tsultrim Allione, author of ‘Women of Wisdom’ and ‘Feeding Your Demons’. The five steps of the practice take one through the entire process of transforming ‘demons’ into allies, whereby the energy that is caught up in inner conflict becomes liberated and available to us as a resource.

Vajralila and Sudakini have trained with Tsultrim Allione at her retreat centre in Colorado and are currently the only certified UK facilitators. They are also both fully qualified and registered Psychotherapists and ordained Buddhists.

* We are keen to share this work with as many people as possible and so are willing to consider requests for concessions if you have financial restrictions.
Cost: £65* - To Book, e: feedingyourdemons[AT]me.com - T: 07917 644942
For more info and workshops at other locations => www.feedingyourdemons.co.uk
VENUE: Bharat Bhavan Hall, Mill Road / bridge, Cambridge


Sun 5 Sept: "Georgian Song" Maspindzeli (London Georgian Choir), led by Tamta Turmanidze & Mark Thomas, 6:00-7:30 pm

Come and delight in the evocative folk and religious songs from the Republic of Georgia in the Caucasus Mountains.
contact Ashlyn or Miranda tel: 01223 353586 email: ashlyn.armour-brown[AT]ntlworld.com for additional information or www.maspindzeli.org.uk
Cost: £7 (£5 concession). Tickets at the door open 5:45 pm. Refreshments will be served. Donations welcome.
Venue: The Round Church, Bridge Street, Cambridge, CB2 1UB

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Fri 10 Sept: "Rethinking Buddhism" - talk by Stephen Batchelor, 7-30pm

Stephen Batchelor is a contemporary Buddhist teacher and writer, best known for his secular or agnostic approach to Buddhism. Stephen considers Buddhism to be a constantly evolving culture of awakening rather than a religious system based on immutable dogmas and beliefs. Through his writings, translations and teaching, Stephen engages in a critical exploration of Buddhism's role in the modern world, which has earned him both condemnation as a heretic and praise as a reformer. He was ordained as a novice Buddhist monk in 1974. He left India in 1975 in order to study Buddhist philosophy and doctrine under the guidance of Ven. Geshe Rabten, and the following year he received full ordination as a Buddhist monk. In 1981 he travelled to Songgwangsa Monastery in South Korea to train in Zen Buddhism under the guidance of Ven. Kusan Sunim. He disrobed in February 1985 and married Martine Fages before returning to England and joining the Sharpham North Community in Totnes, Devon. During the fifteen years he lived at Sharpham, he became co-ordinator of the Sharpham Trust (1992) and co-founder of the Sharpham College for Buddhist Studies and Contemporary Enquiry (1996). From 1990 he has been a Guiding Teacher at Gaia House meditation centre in Devon. (www.stephenbatchelor.org)
On Saturday 11th Stephen will lead a one day course of meditation at the Friends Meeting House.
VENUE: Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge city

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Fri 10 - Sun 12 Sep: Open Cambridge Weekend 2010 – a free weekend of free tours, talks and open access from the University of Cambridge

Cambridge is home to some spectacular architecture, fantastic art collections and beautiful gardens. Open Cambridge – part of Heritage Open Days – gives families, local residents and community groups the opportunity to visit properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.
On Friday and Saturday, our pre-bookable tours cover topics such as the history, architecture, art and gardens of the University, College and city buildings, whilst College and University departmental libraries will open their doors, allowing you to explore exciting collections and manuscripts.
In particular, visitors may be interested in the Tour of the historic Festival Theatre and adjoining Georgian house at the Buddhist Centre. The Festival theatre is one of few pre-Victorian theatres outside London and the adjoining Georgian house has been converted to include shrine and study rooms as part of the Cambridge Buddhist Centre. You may like to visit Abbey House: a historic Tudor house, which is now home to a Buddhist community. You may also like to join the Historic Environment Manager for Cambridge City Council as he talks about the pressures that the historic city is facing in Cambridge: city of history and change.
This year, we are very pleased to welcome a number of city venues to the programme, which will be taking part in Open Cambridge for the first time. Look out for tours of some of the city’s most significant and historic buildings.
For a chance to visit several Colleges in one day, you might want to take part in the Bridge the Gap charity walk which takes place on Sunday 12 September.
Yours faithfully, Danielle Bassan, (Community Affairs) Office of External Affairs and Communications - Tel: +44 (0)1223 765490.
More => www.cam.ac.uk/communityaffairs

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Tuesday 21 September 2010: “An introduction to the Baha’i Faith” - talk by Katherine Lee, 7.00 for 7.30 p.m.

Organised by the Cambridge Inter-Faith Group (www.cam.net.uk/home/interfaith)
Venue: Friends’ Meeting House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BA; All welcome.

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Wed 22 Sept: call for global meditation (evening before the full moon)

from: Buryl Payne, Email: buryl[AT]buryl.com
Dear Buddhist,
On September 22, 2010 several planets form a close alignment. This will be accompanied by increased solar activity, magnetic storms surrounding the Earth, and more stimulation on humanity. In addition there may be some stress on the body of the Earth resulting in earthquake and volcanic activity. This planetary alignment will come and go in its stress upon Earth for over six weeks.
Buddhist monks are among the spiritual kings of the world. But the planets, and especially the Sun, may be bodies of spiritual beings on a larger scale than humans. If humans unite in thought and purpose, a larger entity can manifest which may be noticed by those grander beings. Potential catastrophic events will be softened. By uniting around the world in heart and spirit, Buddhists will again lead the way for all human kind.
In the 80's I helped organize global meditations and showed that the Sun’s activity quieted down right after these meditations.
Now its time to do these global meditations again. A time I suggest is on the eve of the full Moon every month continuing until 2013. September 22 - 2010 will be an important beginning.
I know Buddhists meditate daily. I spent a lifetime in Buddhist monastery in Asia. Therefore I think that only a little more effort will make a big difference. Kindly pass the information around the world to practicing Buddhists.
Buryl Payne, Academy for Peace Research http://www.buryl.com/apr_home.htm (=> Click on "Synchronization of GLOBAL PEACE MEDITATIONS")

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Fri 8 Oct: "Openness, Clarity and Sensitivity" by Lama Shenpen Hookham, 7-30pm

After a gap of 20 years we are delighted to welcome Lama Shenpen back to the Cambridge Buddhist Society. Lama Shenpen Hookham is the Principal Teacher of Discovering the Heart of Buddhism. In the 1970s, on the advice of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, she went to India where she lived in the Tibetan community as a nun for six years. There she studied and meditated in retreat under the guidance of Tibetan teachers such as Karma Thinley Rinpoche, Bokar Rinpoche and Kalu Rinpoche. In 1978 His Holiness, the 16th Karmapa, head of the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, instructed her to return to the West to teach Mahamudra.

There she met Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, who became her main teacher. She also met her husband, Lama Rigdzin Shikpo, whom she taught alongside for twenty years. In all she has spent nine years in retreat, and Khenpo Rinpoche has encouraged her, as lama, to teach and transmit Mahamudra, the innermost teachings of the Kagyu tradition. Lama Shenpen is fluent in Tibetan and has translated a number of Tibetan texts into English for her students. Her Oxford University doctoral thesis on the profound Buddha Nature doctrines of Mahayana Buddhism, has been published as The Buddha Within. She is also the author of There's More to Dying than Death.

Since then, Khenpo Rinpoche and Lama Rigdzin Shikpo have encouraged Shenpen to develop her teaching activities and in response to this she has developed a training called Discovering the Heart of Buddhism, and her students have formed the Awakened Heart Sangha, a spiritual community under her direction. Lama Shenpen now spends most of her time in semi-retreat at the Hermitage of the Awakened Heart, in North Wales. www.buddhism-connect.org
Venue: Friends’ Meeting House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BA;

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Wed 13 Oct: OKTOBERFEST PARTY in Cambridge, all evening

1st time in Cambridge in 2010! Celebrate German culture
- Free entry with Folkloric dress code
- all beers £2 all night
- two djs playing music from around the world, e.g dance, electro, house and international
- Prizes for the best fancy dresses male and female
- Entry prices: £3 before 11, £4 before 12, later £5. - half price with student cards!
- The club will be fully decorated and we will hand many giveways

Venue: Soul Tree www.soultree.co.uk/ (a 3 floor club next to the Corn Exchange right in the city of Cambridge), phone: 01223 303755

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Sat 23 Oct: "Jupiter-Knowledge and Belief" - an experiential astrology workshop with Derek Hawkins, Cambridge Jungian Circle

Using a large floor map of the zodiac,each participant will navigate a way through their own horoscope, with an emphasis on exploring the meaning of Jupiter in their chart. This can be a therapeutic and empowering experience as the meaning of their own horoscope becomes embedded in their mind and body.
=> Each participant needs to send Derek their birth details at least two weeks prior to the workshop.
Derek Hawkins is a well known astrologer who has devised a unique teaching method. He has taught for the Faculty of Astrological Studies, the London School of Astrology and the College of Psychic Studies.
Fee: CJC members £35, non-CJC £45 - More info at http://cambridgejungiancircle.org.uk/Experiential%20Astrology%20workshop.html
This event is hosted by the Cambridge Jungian Circle, www.cambridgejungiancircle.org.uk
Plase contact Alexandra Drysdale E-mail: , phone: 01223 570896

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Thu 11 Nov: Georgian Singing - WORKSHOP led by Dato Tsintsadze (from Georgia), 7pm - 10pm

Becoming part of the sound is so much more a deep experience than just listening...
Contact: Ashlyn on 01223 353 586 - Cost: £10 (£8 concession)
Venue: St. Paul’s Church, Hills Road, CB2 1JP

Fri 12 Nov: Shavnabada (Georgian male voice choir) ‘a lifetime expressed through song and dance’, 7:30 pm

Experience Georgian polyphonic singing, ‘a masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity’ (UNESCO 2001)
A probably spine tingling experience! (Ralph)
Georgian wine will be served in the interval. Contact: Ashlyn on 01223 353 586
Reserve your seat. Tickets £12 (£10 concession).
Box Office Cheryl Cork tel: 01223 353658 or email: cherylcork[AT]btinternet.com
This concert is by kind permission of the Master and Fellows of Trinity College
VENUE: Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge CB2 1TQ

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Wed 17 Nov: Dances of Universal Peace with Ralph (Rainbow Dance), 8 -10pm

(3rd Wednesday / month) When it's dark and cold outside: what better thing is there than singing and dancing and warming your being from the inside from your heart! See you there!
Be prepared for an experience beyond words, singing and dancing in a circle. The peace dances are very much multi-faith. They are not religious in any narrow sense, but rather a spiritual (or even mystical) experience in a joyful and worshipful atmosphere, honouring various religious and spiritual traditions.
No Experience required. More
Cost: £7 - concessions
VENUE: Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane / Park Street, CB5 8BA, Cambridge city. Click here to see location in Cambridge street map

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Sun 21 Nov '10: 8th Faith Fair & 10th Civic Celebration of Community (theme: Faith and Prayer), 2-5pm

the Cambridge Inter-Faith Group (www.cam.net.uk/home/interfaith) invites you to attend our eighth Faith Fair and tenth Civic Celebration of Community on Sunday 21 November 2010 at 1.30 for 2.00 p.m. - end 5 p.m. (The Celebration will begin at 2pm, followed by refreshments and the Fair)
Free entry and refreshments - All are welcome. Enquiries: Contact David Wilman: phone 01223 276912 - e-mail:
View and print poster for this double event
VENUE: The Meadows Community Centre, 1 St Catharine’s Road, Cambridge CB4 3XJ - View map on Streetmap.co.uk

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Mon 22 Nov: Lama Gelongma Zangmo, 7-30pm

Lama Gelongma Zangmo is Director of Kagyu Samye Dzong London (a branch of Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery).
Lama Gelongma Zangmo first became a practising Buddhist when she arrived at Kagyu Samye Ling in 1977 and took refuge with his Holiness the 16th Karmapa. Having received teachings from many highly respected lamas who visited Kagyu Samye Ling, she was inspired to enter the four year closed retreat in 1984, during which time she became ordained as a Buddhist nun. When the next long retreat started in 1989 Lama Zangmo wished to further her retreat experience and she was asked to help and advise the new retreatants. Having completed that retreat in 1993, Lama Zangmo then entered a third long retreat and became the resident retreat teacher to the other women retreatants. That retreat ended in 1997.

Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche and Lama Yeshe Losal then asked Lama Zangmo to put her experience to good use by helping to run the Kagyu Samye Dzong Centre in London, which was officially opened in 1998. In 1998 Lama Zangmo was one of a group of nuns who accompanied Lama Yeshe Losal to India, where she became fully ordained as a Gelongma (Bhikkuni) at a historic ceremony in Bodhgaya. Kagyu Samye Dzong Centre London, http://london.samye.org/london
www.cambridgebuddhistsociety.org.uk - telephone (01223) 249732 (check our noticeboard page)
VENUE: Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane / Park Street, CB5 8BA, Cambridge city. Click here to see location in Cambridge street map

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Sat 4 Dec: Mill Road Winter Fair, 10.00-4.30pm

Mill Road will be closed to vehicles between Tenison Road and Coleridge Road from 10:30am until 4:30pm
See the programme of events at www.mill-road.com (under the Winter Fair section on the right hand side). NEW! now on-line: www.millroadwinterfair.org
This year we have a soapbox similar to the popular "5th Plinth" last year. This year it is called the Passion Plinth. If you would like the opportunity to shout about something you feel passionately about, just email passionplinth[AT]gmail.com to get your chance.

We have some jobs we really need help with. Can anyone help out?
- Friday night - set up and label tables in marquees, putting up signage etc;
- Saturday - help with one or two odd jobs particularly at the end of the day taking down tables etc;
- Sunday - taking down posters and disposing of unused brochures.
- Saturday - help with serving refreshments at the Opening

It's not too late to book a stall if you would like one. Just let me know!
Many thanks to everyone who is helping to make this Fair look even more amazing this year. It really feels as though the whole community pulls together. Let's hope we are lucky with the weather!
Best wishes, Suzy Oakes, for Mill Road Winter Fair
Venue: all along Mill Road, Cambridge and Romsey town

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Sun 5 Dec: Seasonal Circle dances with Bethan & Stefan Freedman, 11 am to 5 pm

All about Bethan & Stefan: www.worldance.org ~ enquiries: Jill Hope, e: ~ tel: 01277 363 085
Cost: £24 if paid in full by Nov 25th. Or £28 paid after that. Please mail cheque payable B & S Freedman, to 87 Lacey St, Ipswich, IP4 2PH.

Drinks provided – Please bring an item of food for buffet lunch
Booking essential with full payment to B & S Freedman, 87 Lacey St, IP4 2PH.
Venue: The Meadows Community Centre, 1 St Catharine's Rd, Cambridge - ONSITE PARKING - Web map with arrow on streetmap.co.uk

Sun 5th Dec: Taizé evening worship around Cambridge

Taizé harmony chanting has become popular in many places. It has spread far beyond the domain of Christian groups. Taizé songs are sung on workshops, around camp fires, during voice camps and in groups, which are not strictly Christian.
By coincidence tonight there will be 3 Taizé services in / around Cambridge! Come and experience the magic of Taizé...
=> Listing of all Taizé worship groups around Cambridge

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Sun 26 Dec: Taizé chants, 9:30am - 10:15am

Come and join us for a special Boxing Day singing! Experience the spine tingling harmonies and the uplifting feeling of singing in harmony with others. This open group is meeting on the 2nd & 4th Sunday of each month and is usually led by Ralph. We just sing and introduce each voice. Complete beginners are welcome. Everyone who thinks, they cannot sing: don't worry, you are not alone. FREE of charge.
You are very welcome to stay with some of us for the Quaker Meeting at 10:30.
Venue: small room, Friend's Meeting House, 91 Hartington Grove - Click here to see location in Cambridge street map

Sun 26 Dec - Boxing Day: Scottish Ceilidh - folk-dancing, 7:30pm-10:30pm

As in the past years, everyone is invited to a public evening with folk dancing (Scottish Ceilidh):
We form clusters of couples, and a caller will give instructions what to do. The result is normally quite a confusion - and lots of fun. SEE YOU THERE In folky dress!! Caller as before: Our Jolly PAUL - Will be FUN!!
Please bring some food and drink to share - no alcohol! (& about £2 contribution for hall hire).
NEW Contact this year: Tony Higgins, tel: 01223 571517 is organising the event - please let him know if you'll come (and which gender you are).
=> Some help with setting up and washing up would be appreciated!
Venue: The Hall of the United Reformed Church, Hartington Grove / Cherry Hinton Road (right next to FMHs.) - Click here to see location in Cambridge street map

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Fri 31 Dec: New Year's Eve Rainbow Party, 7:30pm - 0:30am

Ralph invites you to this Rainbow Party - Details

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