London meet up 15th October (confirmed, mit photos)

London meet up 15th October (confirmed, mit photos) Liam O'Sullivan 10/15/11 1:44 PM
RE: London meet up Nick W 9/8/11 2:59 PM
RE: London meet up Tommy M 9/8/11 4:08 PM
RE: London meet up Liam O'Sullivan 9/9/11 7:48 AM
RE: London meet up carolin varley 10/23/11 8:43 PM
RE: London meet up Charles Portland 10/24/11 1:18 AM
RE: London meet up carolin varley 10/24/11 5:48 AM
RE: London meet up Charles Portland 10/24/11 6:12 AM
RE: London meet up carolin varley 10/24/11 11:49 AM
RE: London meet up Nick W 10/24/11 2:02 PM
RE: London meet up The Meditator 9/10/11 10:03 AM
RE: London meet up Liam O'Sullivan 9/11/11 2:40 PM
RE: London meet up Stian Gudmundsen Høiland 9/11/11 3:13 PM
RE: London meet up Liam O'Sullivan 9/15/11 3:43 PM
London meet up 15th October Liam O'Sullivan 9/22/11 7:28 AM
RE: London meet up 15th October Dan Bartlett 9/22/11 10:12 AM
RE: London meet up 15th October The Meditator 9/22/11 4:29 PM
RE: London meet up 15th October Liam O'Sullivan 9/23/11 9:13 AM
RE: London meet up 15th October Stian Gudmundsen Høiland 9/23/11 9:11 AM
RE: London meet up 15th October The Meditator 10/9/11 2:34 PM
RE: London meet up 15th October Charles Portland 10/10/11 6:34 AM
RE: London meet up 15th October Nick W 10/11/11 10:24 AM
RE: London meet up carolin varley 9/23/11 5:01 PM
RE: London meet up Liam O'Sullivan 9/29/11 7:11 PM
RE: London meet up carolin varley 10/11/11 10:34 AM
RE: London meet up Liam O'Sullivan 10/11/11 11:39 AM
RE: London meet up The Meditator 10/11/11 12:02 PM
RE: London meet up The Meditator 10/11/11 12:13 PM
RE: London meet up Stian Gudmundsen Høiland 10/11/11 12:49 PM
RE: London meet up Charles Portland 10/11/11 12:54 PM
RE: London meet up Nick W 10/11/11 4:47 PM
RE: London meet up Liam O'Sullivan 10/12/11 11:23 AM
RE: London meet up The Meditator 10/12/11 1:03 PM
RE: London meet up Liam O'Sullivan 10/12/11 6:59 PM
RE: London meet up The Meditator 10/13/11 1:36 PM
RE: London meet up carolin varley 10/14/11 4:49 AM
RE: London meet up Liam O'Sullivan 10/14/11 8:45 AM
RE: London meet up Liam O'Sullivan 10/15/11 5:39 AM
RE: London meet up Liam O'Sullivan 10/15/11 6:09 AM
RE: London meet up Nick W 10/15/11 1:32 PM
RE: London meet up The Meditator 10/15/11 1:55 PM
RE: London meet up End in Sight 10/15/11 9:24 PM
RE: London meet up Stian Gudmundsen Høiland 10/16/11 2:20 PM
RE: London meet up Liam O'Sullivan 10/16/11 11:50 PM
RE: London meet up Liam O'Sullivan 10/15/11 1:42 PM
RE: London meet up Nick W 10/11/11 4:45 PM
RE: London meet up Dan Bartlett 9/11/11 4:10 PM
RE: London meet up -15th October? Charles Portland 10/4/11 5:39 AM
RE: London meet up -15th October? Liam O'Sullivan 10/4/11 5:15 PM
RE: London meet up -15th October? Dodge E Knees 10/9/11 5:12 AM
RE: London meet up -15th October? The Meditator 10/9/11 2:30 PM
Liam O'Sullivan, modified 10 Years ago at 10/15/11 1:44 PM
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London meet up 15th October (confirmed, mit photos)

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This is a London/South East roll call as suggested by Steph S. Who'd like to meet up informally and bounce ideas and experiences off each other? If you're feeling shy, you can always send me a private message instead of posting here. emoticon

(Edited for date, see newest post)
Nick W, modified 10 Years ago at 9/8/11 2:59 PM
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I'd be up for that Liam
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Tommy M, modified 10 Years ago at 9/8/11 4:08 PM
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Ballocks. I'm just outside of Glasgow! emoticon

Hope you get something sorted mate, great idea.
Liam O'Sullivan, modified 10 Years ago at 9/9/11 7:48 AM
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Nick, wicked, your approach seems pretty different to mine so that'll make for some interesting conversation. Anyone else want to join us?

Tommy, that's a shame. I was looking forward to hearing Pali chanted with a Glasgow accent. ;)

More seriously, feel free to give me a poke if you're in the Big Smoke at any point emoticon
The Meditator, modified 10 Years ago at 9/10/11 10:03 AM
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Hi Liam
I go through my shyness and I write here. I would like meet up others who do a meditation. I am not a buddhist but I do meditation as washing my self inside. I do not like a dhamma talks but I like to meet up friends who do a meditation either.
Take care
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Liam O'Sullivan, modified 10 Years ago at 9/11/11 2:40 PM
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You're totally welcome, mate, the more perspectives the merrier. Anyone else? emoticon
Stian Gudmundsen Høiland, modified 10 Years ago at 9/11/11 3:13 PM
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/me rises his hand.

I won't be in London until at least 2 weeks from now, but I'd like to meet up with you. Carolin Varley here on the forum might also be interested. You should bug her with a PM emoticon
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Dan Bartlett, modified 10 Years ago at 9/11/11 4:10 PM
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I'm South West but I occasionally venture to London to catch up with friends so I could hit two birds with one stone. If you arrange a date I'll probably be up for it, and I should be able to drag another dharma dude or two along.
Liam O'Sullivan, modified 10 Years ago at 9/15/11 3:43 PM
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Stian Gudmundsen Høiland:
I won't be in London until at least 2 weeks from now, but I'd like to meet up with you. Carolin Varley here on the forum might also be interested. You should bug her with a PM emoticon

Again, the more the merrier emoticon I would pester Carolin Varley, but I can't see her on the members list!

Dan Bartlett:
I'm South West but I occasionally venture to London to catch up with friends so I could hit two birds with one stone. If you arrange a date I'll probably be up for it, and I should be able to drag another dharma dude or two along.

Sure, seems to be a fair few people interested and I'm pestering people on KFD too, so I'll post an open invitation.

What would people like to do? Anyone have a favourite coffee house? emoticon
Liam O'Sullivan, modified 10 Years ago at 9/22/11 7:28 AM
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How would people like to meet up on Saturday 15th October, in the early afternoon? Would central London be the easiest for everyone to get to? My preference would be for a veggie food and smoothies kind of place like Vantra, though if that's a bit hippy for people, the pub always works too ;)

Anyways, first people in get to choose the locale, venue and time of their convenience emoticon
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Dan Bartlett, modified 10 Years ago at 9/22/11 10:12 AM
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Hey,

While I was keen on the idea it doesn't look like I'm going to be able to make it. I am currently totally penniless and it's my birthday on the Friday so I will probably be out in Bristol on the weekend. I could suggest moving it to another date but the truth is that I'm not going to have the money for a while.

Have a good one!

D.
The Meditator, modified 10 Years ago at 9/22/11 4:29 PM
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Hi everybody
I suppose I could come there on 15.th October.
If I can give my suggestion we can meet up at a cheap place, I do not know prices at Vantra.
Take care
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Stian Gudmundsen Høiland, modified 10 Years ago at 9/23/11 9:11 AM
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Stian Gudmundsen Høiland:
I'm in. Never heard of the place, but Vantra sounds like a place I would love emoticon
Liam O'Sullivan, modified 10 Years ago at 9/23/11 9:13 AM
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Vantra don't give their prices on their website, unfortunately. I don't remember it being particularly cheap or expensive, for central London anyway. We can always wander off somewhere else if the place doesn't suit people.
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carolin varley, modified 10 Years ago at 9/23/11 5:01 PM
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Hey I am definitely up for that. Great idea! emoticon There´s a pretty cheap place in Covent Garden called food for thought but its a bit crowded so depends how many people are coming. I´d def. like to try somewhere new like Vantra though.
Liam O'Sullivan, modified 10 Years ago at 9/29/11 7:11 PM
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Cool - I must have missed you when I searched for your name on the members' list previously! Glad to have you emoticon

Food For Thought looks great and I'll definitely be sticking my head around the door, but I'm not sure it's the right place for a laid-back chat - it looks more like formal dinner territory. I thought of Vantra because it's roomy and not hugely formal, but again, if someone can think of a better place, lemme know emoticon
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Charles Portland, modified 10 Years ago at 10/4/11 5:39 AM
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I am based near Wimbledon. I would love to come along too, if that is ok? I am new to this site but have been practicing for a number of years, most of that cushion time having been spent on retreats. I really like the approach of this site and it has really re-inspired my practice. I would value a real time meet with fellow meditators. emoticon
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Liam O'Sullivan, modified 10 Years ago at 10/4/11 5:15 PM
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The more the merrier emoticon
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Dodge E Knees, modified 10 Years ago at 10/9/11 5:12 AM
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I wish I could make it, but alas i already have a date!

Hopefully I'll make the next one...probably accompanied by a toddler!

Have fun.
The Meditator, modified 10 Years ago at 10/9/11 2:30 PM
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Dale, I think you can come with your partneremoticon
The Meditator, modified 10 Years ago at 10/9/11 2:34 PM
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Could we specify time? Maybe it is somewhere but I see only early afternoon.
Could it be 2 o'clock?
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Charles Portland, modified 10 Years ago at 10/10/11 6:34 AM
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I am probably able to make it up to meet you all, possibly with my partner who is a meditates too, by 3:30pm.
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The Meditator:
Could we specify time? Maybe it is somewhere but I see only early afternoon.
Could it be 2 o'clock?


Very early afternoon please! I don't live in london and have trouble getting about once it gets dark.. .
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carolin varley, modified 10 Years ago at 10/11/11 10:34 AM
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Think I googles the wrong restuarant :/ But yeh have we decided a time and place yet? Looking forward to it!
Liam O'Sullivan, modified 10 Years ago at 10/11/11 11:39 AM
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Shall we say Vantra at midday? Apologies to anyone who can't make this, but it'll be very difficult to get a time that suits everyone, and there's nothing stopping us doing a different time and place next month or summat emoticon
The Meditator, modified 10 Years ago at 10/11/11 12:02 PM
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ok for me, middayemoticon 12.00
The Meditator, modified 10 Years ago at 10/11/11 12:13 PM
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I have just checked Vantra and openig hours
Vantra 11-13 Soho Street
W1D 3DJ, London
Tel: 020-7287-6060
Email: vantra.uk@gmail.com
Opening Hours:
Monday - Saturday 12 pm to 11 pm
Sunday 12 pm to 8 pm


Suggestion time to meet up 12.15
Stian Gudmundsen Høiland, modified 10 Years ago at 10/11/11 12:49 PM
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Mostly as a joke I would like to suggest we meet in London not earlier than 16:00. This because of my DSPS which doesn't allow me to wake up and not feel like a walking corpse unless the waking up happens after 15:00. Me and my DSPS have a very disgruntled, personal relationship.

But...

"I will survive!"
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Charles Portland, modified 10 Years ago at 10/11/11 12:54 PM
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Even if I am able to cancel and rebook a couple of things, there's little chance of making it down before 2pm. So looks unlikely we will make it in time.
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[quote=Liam O'Sullivan]Shall we say Vantra at midday? Apologies to anyone who can't make this, but it'll be very difficult to get a time that suits everyone, and there's nothing stopping us doing a different time and place next month or summat emoticon

I'll be there.
Nick W, modified 10 Years ago at 10/11/11 4:47 PM
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I rather imagine a good many folks will still be there at 2pm. maybe worth catching the tail end?
Liam O'Sullivan, modified 10 Years ago at 10/12/11 11:23 AM
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Soz Damien - perhaps you could choose the venue and time next time to make it fair...

EDIT: (But as Nick Wilson says, I imagine we'll still be wittering on long after 2pm...)
The Meditator, modified 10 Years ago at 10/12/11 1:03 PM
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Hi
maybe we should discuss the time early. But if I read posts. It seems 2pm seems the most convenient time.

Liam please make a decision that it will be clear.

I look forward to seeing you and we need to know time.

Thanks
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Liam O'Sullivan, modified 10 Years ago at 10/12/11 6:59 PM
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12 midday at Vantra, The Meditator emoticon
The Meditator, modified 10 Years ago at 10/13/11 1:36 PM
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Ok I will be there at 12, of course a tsunami can change it.
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carolin varley, modified 10 Years ago at 10/14/11 4:49 AM
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me and Stian aswellemoticon
Liam O'Sullivan, modified 10 Years ago at 10/14/11 8:45 AM
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Rar emoticon

Anyone who's reading this and going, 'should I, shouldn't I?', whether a poster or a lurker - seriously, come along emoticon
Liam O'Sullivan, modified 10 Years ago at 10/15/11 5:39 AM
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To anyone on their way: Vantra is closed temporarily (oh the impermanence) but there is a cheap place next door called Govinda's. I shall wait outside Vantra to catch people who might not get this message, but otherwise we'll be in Govinda's unless we move on emoticon
Liam O'Sullivan, modified 10 Years ago at 10/15/11 6:09 AM
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Oh no, the signs lie, it's open now!
Nick W, modified 10 Years ago at 10/15/11 1:32 PM
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Great afternoon! If you missed this one, do try to come next time. It was great to "talk shop" with a bunch of folks that understand what you're talking about!

Thanks everyone. See attached photo..
Liam O'Sullivan, modified 10 Years ago at 10/15/11 1:42 PM
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Thanks to everyone who turned up, including Carolin, The Meditator, Stian, and Nick - I really enjoyed meeting you all and had a really pleasant and beneficial afternoon.

After some excellent veggie food and smoothies at Vantra we headed out to St James's Park for more conversation on practice experiences, motivations, techniques, applications and a lot more- really ambitious practices and aims, yet down-to-earth stuff without taking it all too seriously.

We've decided to make this a monthly event. I think we'll be rotating around parts of London to make the meetups fair and accessible. There was talk of making it a fixed day of the month, though in organising it I'll be asking for people's suggestions as to what particular day of the month would be best for people. I'll start a new thread forthwith!

We'd also like to open up the group to friends of DhO practitioners who might be Dhamma-curious, contemplatives of various enlightenment traditions beyond just Buddhism, and generally those who would be interested in seeing what we're about. Lurkers on the forum who don't post are also very welcome without prior announcement.
The Meditator, modified 10 Years ago at 10/15/11 1:55 PM
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I look forward to seeing you again and I hope you look forward to seeing me either.
Really a nice afternoon, special thanks to Liam to organize it.
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Looks like you guys had fun!

A flesh-and-blood sangha...what a peculiar thing. emoticon
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I really enjoyed our meeting. Thanks to everyone who showed up emoticon Let's do it again!
Liam O'Sullivan, modified 10 Years ago at 10/16/11 11:50 PM
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*gently prods towards November meet thread* ;)
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carolin varley, modified 10 Years ago at 10/23/11 8:43 PM
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Just been to a retreat at dhanakosa by Loch Voil, an hours drive from Glasgow. http://www.dhanakosa.com/
Heard of it?
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Charles Portland, modified 10 Years ago at 10/24/11 1:18 AM
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carolin varley:
Just been to a retreat at dhanakosa by Loch Voil, an hours drive from Glasgow. http://www.dhanakosa.com/
Heard of it?

It is a beautiful location. I have been on two retreats there. A very good two week silent retreat about four years ago. This was the movement I originally learnt to meditate with. Who led your retreat? What was its theme?
Damian
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carolin varley, modified 10 Years ago at 10/24/11 5:48 AM
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Tejananda. I thought he did an amazing job leading the retreat and setting up and explaining the "formless-awareness" practice. It was a bit like a rigpa approach.
Really funny guy.
And yes the location was great! emoticon
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Charles Portland, modified 10 Years ago at 10/24/11 6:12 AM
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carolin varley:
Tejananda. I thought he did an amazing job leading the retreat and setting up and explaining the "formless-awareness" practice. It was a bit like a rigpa approach.
Really funny guy.
And yes the location was great! emoticon


Tejananda is great. I have a lot of time for him. He is primarily based in the Vajraloka retreat centre in Wales. I am looking to go on a two week Satipatthana retreat there next Spring.

I am really pleased for you that you had such a positive retreat experience :-)

Damien
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carolin varley, modified 10 Years ago at 10/24/11 11:49 AM
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Thanks. Say hi to him for me next time you see him. Come to the next London meet up!
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Glad your retreat was good Carolin. I've bookmarked these places. We need a little list of the better UK retreat centres!

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