Purpose of the Group

1. Encouraging friendship between lay Buddhists.

2. Providing lay-Buddhists with an opportunity to teach the Dhamma.

3. Encouraging lay-Buddhists to discuss our own experience, problems and benefits of practice.

4. To practice right speech – harmonious, truthful and wholesome speech.

5. To gain an understanding and appreciation of Buddhist teachings, Pali and Theravada terms, and sources.

6. To build up an understanding of the way Amaravati works and the opportunities it brings for lay practice, such as attending lay and monastic events like one day or longer retreats, Observance Days and festivals, giving Dana and other ways to relate to the Sangha.

7. To notice, understand and work through the Dukkha that can sometimes arise when relating with others within conventional organisations such as lay-Buddhist groups.