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22 December 2006

Quakers & Buddhists together - preview

Clare Griffin of Reading PM talks about being mindfully together

How many times do you hear people say: 'Christmas has gone too far,' 'It is too stressful', 'Christmas has lost its meaning'?

As Quakers, perhaps we are fortunate to be able to turn to our Advices & Queries
  • 'Try to live simply… Do not be persuaded into buying what you do not need or cannot afford
  • ' An excuse, reassuring, or simply advice that speaks to us


  • Another A&Q which has spoken to me recently is: 'Do you work gladly with other religious groups in pursuit of common goals…'

    Many Quakers enjoyed the privilege of a retreat at Woodbrooke in October, working on being 'Mindfully Together' with members of the Community of Interbeing
  • This retreat was guided by the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist who developed this form of practice from the need to help those suffering from the effects of the Vietnam war
  • We were led by two nuns who came over from Plum Village in France, the centre he built up

  • Clare Griffin

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