A quiet but determined change is taking place in Glasgow Buddhist Centre; we are expanding our sense of what it is to be a sharing community.
We are growing our practice of generosity (Dana). We are growing the dana of giving our time and energy. New circles of members (kulas) have sprung up, each playing their part in running the whole centre. Self managing groups (kulas) are running our festivals, our bookshop, and a new kula has just been given the responsibility of looking after the building itself and how it looks.
Dana is also practiced in giving confidence and support to others. Many members at the recent annual general meeting of the charity that runs the GBC, expressed a sense of increased confidence on hearing the work of the various kulas. We have been taking our support and love of the planet and its people to the streets with members of the sangha supporting the recent PRIDE march and climate change strike.
Our practice of the dana of giving money is developing too. We have shifted the basis of our finances to rely more on the committed spiritual practitioners who make up our sangha (community of practitioners) and less on classes for financial support. We are creating a new finance kula of sangha members who will take good care of the money we are given every month in standing orders.
And of course the whole point of our developing this practice of Dana is so that we can give the Dharma freely to those who seek it. And so a new schedule of buddhism classes for beginners and opportunities for collective practice will be rolled out over the next 6 months.
A year after the death of our founder Urgyen Sangharakshita, we are still building the community he founded, still sharing the dharma as he presented it to us, still opening our hearts and giving what the world really needs.
And me, I am still deepening my understanding, appreciation and gratitude for everything he gave us.
Kuladharini, Chair, Glasgow Buddhist Centre
“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day I can hear her breathing.” Arundhati Roy, Author.