Sangha

Sangha Evenings
Every Monday except Bank Holidays
19:00 - 21:30
(sometimes starting with a veggie shared meal at 18;30 as indicated on events listings)
Special Evenings
With Lalitaraja, Visuddhimati, Santva, Manjumitra, and Team

Thursday 21st December 2017

Winter Solstice Celebration (Thu 21 Dec 2017)

The winter solstice, the rebirth of the Sun, is an important turning point, as it marks the shortest day, when the hours of daylight are at their least. We'll celebrate with meditation, reflection and ritual to prepare for the festive season and for the coming year.

This is a time to reflect on the year and prepare our resolutions, so that we have the best chance of success with any changes we want to make. Wear red!

With: Lalitaraja

Sunday 31st December 2017

Meditation and Ritual on New Year's Evening (Sun 31 Dec 2017)

An evening of stillness, poetry, and reflection for regular meditators.

Please note: entry only at the given times.

20.30-21.00 Arrive: Doors open
21.00-21.50 Readings and meditation (doors closed)
21.50-22.00 Arrive: Doors open
22.00-22.45 Readings and meditation (doors closed)
22.45-23.15 Arrive: Doors open with festive tea break
23.15-00.00 New Year's Puja (doors closed)

With: Dharmaprabha, Akasapriya

Monday 8th January 2018

Lunch of New Theme: The Worldly Winds (Mon 8 Jan)

Our Sangha Night theme this session explores the “worldly winds of loss and gain, praise and blame, fame and infamy, pleasure and pain. As we are tossed around by gain, buffeted by loss, borne aloft by praise, or cast down by blame, how can we maintain our sense of direction, confidence, and sense of purpose? The Buddha gave clear guidance on how to rise above these ‘worldly winds’. We will be exporing how to find greater equanimity and perspective in the ups and downs – big and small – of everyday life.

With: The Monday Night Team

At The North London Buddhist Centre
By donation
No Booking required

Young People at NLBC (Sub35)

Are you between 18 and 35 years old and interested in Buddhism?

Are you tired of the stories that dominate our personal and public lives? Do you have a sense that there must be something else, but don’t yet know what it is?

With discussion, exploration and meditation, plus coffee and croissants, we will connect with what is meaningful and ask what Buddhism can offer us to transform ourselves and the world.

Every third Saturday of the month
10.30-13.00
On 16 Sept, 21 Oct, 18 Nov, 16 Dec, 20 Jan, 17 Feb and 17 Mar

With: Sub35 team
Free. Donations welcome.
Open to All
No booking required

Men’s class - once a month on Saturday

A chance to explore the Buddhist Vision through meditation, talks, discussion and hanging out together.

Class starts at 14.00; but do join us for lunch from 13.00.
Please bring vegetarian lunch to share.

Once a month on Saturday 14.00-17.00.

Class on 16 Dec 2017 & 20 Jan, 17 Feb, 17 Mar and 21 Apr 2018

Join us for lunch from 13.00. Please bring vegetarian lunch to share
With: Kusala, Abhilasa
By donation
Open to All
No booking required

Drumming Workshop

18.00-19.20 African Drum tuition. Suitable for beginners and intermediate.

19.20-20.00 Drum circle open to all.

Every Saturday
With: Shakyasiddhi, Simon & friends
£12/£10 concession. Drum hire £2
Open to All
No booking required

Winter Solstice Celebration (Thu 21 Dec 2017)

The winter solstice, the rebirth of the Sun, is an important turning point, as it marks the shortest day, when the hours of daylight are at their least. We'll celebrate with meditation, reflection and ritual to prepare for the festive season and for the coming year.

This is a time to reflect on the year and prepare our resolutions, so that we have the best chance of success with any changes we want to make. Wear red!

Thu 21 Dec 2017, 18.15 food to share 19.15 Ritual
With: Lalitaraja
Open to All
No booking required

Meditation and Ritual on New Year's Evening (Sun 31 Dec 2017)

An evening of stillness, poetry, and reflection for regular meditators.

Please note: entry only at the given times.

20.30-21.00 Arrive: Doors open
21.00-21.50 Readings and meditation (doors closed)
21.50-22.00 Arrive: Doors open
22.00-22.45 Readings and meditation (doors closed)
22.45-23.15 Arrive: Doors open with festive tea break
23.15-00.00 New Year's Puja (doors closed)

Sun 31 Dec 2017, 20.30 - midnight

Doors open at 20.30, 21.50 and 22.45
With: Dharmaprabha, Akasapriya
By donation
Going Deeper
No booking required

The Alternative Friday Night (Sub35)

Are you between 18 and 35 and looking for something new to do on a Friday night? Are you sick of doing the usual thing, or just fancy doing something different?

Come along to meditate, explore the teachings of Buddhism and connect with like-minded people. Our monthly evening will be a radical approach to Friday night!

With late night tea bar after.

First Friday of the month
19.00-21.30
with late night tea bar after
On 5 Jan, 2 Feb , 2 Mar and 6 April
With: Lottie, Annie, Sub35 team, and various order members
Free. Donations welcome.
Open to All
No booking required

Full Moon Puja - Dedicated to Ratnasambhava (Jan 2018)

An evening of meditation and devotional practice dedicated to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas who represent different aspects of the Awakened Mind.

Tonight's puja is dedicated to Ratnasambhava.

For those who know our basic Triratna meditation practices.

Friday 5th January 2018, 19:30 - 21:30
With: Santva
£10/ £5 (concession)
Going Deeper
No booking required

Lunch of New Theme: The Worldly Winds (Mon 8 Jan)

Our Sangha Night theme this session explores the “worldly winds of loss and gain, praise and blame, fame and infamy, pleasure and pain. As we are tossed around by gain, buffeted by loss, borne aloft by praise, or cast down by blame, how can we maintain our sense of direction, confidence, and sense of purpose? The Buddha gave clear guidance on how to rise above these ‘worldly winds’. We will be exporing how to find greater equanimity and perspective in the ups and downs – big and small – of everyday life.

Monday 8th January 2018, 19:00 - 21:30
With: The Monday Night Team
By donation
Open to All
No booking required

8-Step Recovery Group

A meeting for anyone in recovery from addiction, habitual behaviours and obsessive tendencies.
Our focus is a text: “Eight Step Recovery Using the Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction” alongside other Buddhist recovery books.

Meetings will be peer led.
All donations go towards the running costs of the Buddhist Centre.

Every Friday 18.30-20.00
start 25 Nov 2016
With: and friends
By donation
Open to All
No booking required

Women’s class - every second Saturday of the Month

Women’s class with guest speakers:

8-10 December: We are celebrating the end of the first year of the NLBC monthly women’s class with a weekend retreat in the countryside – see retreats for more information please click here

13 January 2018: Siddhisambhava is our guest, from rural Wales. Her life includes encouraging people to talk openly about topics most often avoided - from feminist journalism and gay rights in the 1980s to ageing and death. There will be stories, discussion and, of course, tea.

10 February 2018: Topics and guests TBC soon

10 March 2018: Topics and guests TBC soon

14 April 2018: no class

12 May 2018: Parami

Every second Saturday of the month,
14:15-17:00.


With: Karunagita and Team
By donation
Open to All
No booking required

Opening to Joy and Compassion: Weekend Sangha Retreat exploring the Brahmaviharas

The four Brahmaviharas are Metta (Loving Kindness), Karuna (Compassion), Mudita (Gladness/sympathetic Joy) and Uppekkha (Equanimity). They are also known as the Sublime Abodes or the Illimitables.

We will explore these sublime qualities through meditation, reflection, talks and ritual.

The retreat will be held at Vajrasana, a beautiful purpose built retreat centre in Suffolk.

From Friday evening to Sunday afternoon Fri 19 - Sun 21 Jan 2018
With: Maitrisambhava, Vajramitra, Visuddhimati
Costs,
£165
£130 low income
£95 concession

Going Deeper
Booking required

Full Moon Puja - Dedicated to the Bodhicitta (Feb 2018)

An evening of meditation and devotional practice dedicated to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas who represent different aspects of the Awakened Mind.

Tonight's puja is dedicated to the Bodhicitta.

For those who know our basic Triratna meditation practices.

Friday 2nd February 2018, 19:30 - 21:30
With: Dhiraprabha
£10/ £5 (concession)
Going Deeper
No booking required

Parinirvana Day Festival (Sun 18 Feb 2018)

Meditation, reflection and ritual to mark the passing of the Buddha Shakyamuni. An opportunity to reflect on our response to death. You are invited to bring photos of loved ones who have died to place on the shrine.

Sunday 18th February 2018, 11:00 - 17:30
With: Visuddhimati
Free event. Donation welcome.
Open to All
No booking required

People of Colour Sangha event (Sun 25 Feb 2018)

An event for the People of Colour Sangha. For us to come together to meditate and be inspired by the Buddha’s teaching to free our minds.

Beginners and experienced meditators are all welcomed.

Please bring vegetarian or vegan lunch to share.

Sun 25 Feb 2018, 10.00-16.00
With: Jayakara, Nandaraja, Sujhayini
Suggested donation £20 / £10 (concession)
Open to All
No booking required

Full Moon Puja - Dedicated to Green Tara (Mar 2018)

An evening of meditation and devotional practice dedicated to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas who represent different aspects of the Awakened Mind.

Tonight's puja is dedicated to Green Tara.

For those who know our basic Triratna meditation practices.

Friday 2nd March 2018, 19:30 - 21:30
With: Abhilasa
£10/ £5 (concession)
Going Deeper
No booking required

Full Moon Puja - Dedicated to White Tara (Apr 2018)

An evening of meditation and devotional practice dedicated to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas who represent different aspects of the Awakened Mind.

Tonight's puja is dedicated to White Tara.

For those who know our basic Triratna meditation practices.

Friday 6th April 2018, 19:30 - 21:30
With: Maitrisambhava
£10/ £5 (concession)
Going Deeper
No booking required

Full Moon Puja - Dedicated to Shakyamuni (May 2018)

An evening of meditation and devotional practice dedicated to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas who represent different aspects of the Awakened Mind.

Tonight's puja is dedicated to Shakyamuni.

For those who know our basic Triratna meditation practices.

Friday 4th May 2018, 19:30 - 21:30
With: Shraddhasara
£10/ £5 (concession)
Going Deeper
No booking required