+++ Next meeting
Thursday 19 April: Buddhism – is it just a way of life?
The Rev Saido Kennaway will give a talk that will attempt to cover the underlying assumptions and principles of Buddhism, give some sense of its diversity and its religious aspects, and present more specifically the Zen tradition of Dogen and how it points to integrating Buddhist teachings into ordinary daily life.
Saido Kennaway is a Buddhist monk from the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives, which has its roots in the Soto Zen tradition of Buddhism, and he is disciple of the late Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett. He lived for many years at Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey in Northumberland and for the last 18 years at Telford Buddhist Priory.
Thursday 19 April at 7.30 pm, University Centre Shrewsbury, Guildhall, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury SY3 8HQ. All welcome, but voluntary donations requested.
You are very welcome to arrive at 7 pm for coffee/tea and to chat to other members and visitors.
We have an expanding programme of activities for members, including Special Interest Groups, a library, walks and a breakfast morning. All interested in Humanism are welcome.
+++ About Humanists UK: humanism.org.uk
Humanists UK (formerly the British Humanist Association) is the national charity working on behalf of non-religious people who seek to live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity.It is a charitable company, formed in 1896 and incorporated in 1928.
Humanists UK is trusted by over 40,000 members and supporters and over 70 local and special interest affiliates to promote Humanism. Its policies are informed with the support of over 130 of the UK’s most prominent philosophers, scientists, and other thinkers and experts and it seeks to advance them with the help of over 100 parliamentarians in membership of the All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group. Its trained and accredited celebrants conduct funerals and other non-religious ceremonies attended by over 800,000 people each year.
What does it want? It wants a world where everyone lives cooperatively on the basis of shared human values, respect for human rights, and concern for future generations. It wants non-religious people to be confident in living ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity.
What does it do? It promotes Humanism, works on behalf of the non-religious, and supports those who wish to live humanist lives, including through the provision of humanist ceremonies. It campaigns for a secular state, challenges religious privilege, and promotes equal treatment in law and policy of everyone regardless of religion or belief. It offers a humanist perspective in public debate, drawing on contemporary humanist thought and the worldwide humanist tradition.
+++ About humanism:
Throughout recorded history there have been non-religious people who have believed that this life is the only life we have, that the universe is a natural phenomenon with no supernatural side, and that we can live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity. They have relied on the scientific method, evidence and reason to discover truths about the universe and placed human welfare and happiness at the centre of their ethical decision making.
Today, people who share these beliefs and values are called humanists and this combination of attitudes is called Humanism. Many millions of people in Britain share this way of living and of looking at the world, but many of them have not heard the word humanist and dont realise that it describes what they believe