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

Monday 25th September 2017

Celebrating our new Order Members

An evening of food, talks and ritual to mark the return of Bodhamayi (ex-Caroline) and Maitrisambhava (ex-Sharon) from their ordination retreat in Spain. We will have a shared meal at 6.30 followed by short talks from our two new Dharmacarinis about their experience of joining the Order. The evening will conclude with a ritual.

With: The Monday Night Team

Thursday 21st December 2017

Winter Solstice Celebration

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

Programme tbc

With:

At The North London Buddhist Centre
By donation
No Booking required

***NEW*** 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 23 Sept, 21 Oct, 18 Nov and 9 Dec.

Join us for lunch from 13.00. Please bring vegetarian lunch to share
With: Kusala, Abhilasa, Akashamitra, Aryajit
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

Celebrating our new Order Members

An evening of food, talks and ritual to mark the return of Bodhamayi (ex-Caroline) and Maitrisambhava (ex-Sharon) from their ordination retreat in Spain. We will have a shared meal at 6.30 followed by short talks from our two new Dharmacarinis about their experience of joining the Order. The evening will conclude with a ritual.

Monday 25th September 2017, 18:30 - 21:30
With: The Monday Night Team
By donation
Open to All
No booking required

***NEW *** The Alternative Friday Night (Sub35) - starting Fri 29 Sept

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.

Every last Friday of the month
19.00-21.30
with late night tea bar after
On 29 Sept, 27 Oct, 24 Nov (no class in Dec), 26 Jan, 23 Feb (no class in March)
With: Lottie, Annie, Sub35 team, and various order members
Free. Donations welcome.
Open to All
No booking required

Padmasambhava Day Festival & start of URBAN RETREAT

This year our Padmasambhava Festival is the first day of our week long urban retreat themed on Meetings with Padmasambhava.

Programme tbc

Sat 30 Sept 2017,
With: Visuddhimati and Friends
By donation
Open to All
No booking required

URBAN RETREAT: Sat 30 Sept - Fri 6 Oct 2017

One of the best ways to support our practice is to go on retreat – take a weekend or more to move away from our habitual surroundings and live a simpler live. The Urban Retreat is an opportunity to focus on our practice in the midst of our busy lives and to reduce our exposure to the myriad of distractions in an urban context.

The Urban Retreat will be launched on Padmasambhava Day on Sat 30 Sept with extra events scheduled during the week including early morning meditations, day retreat, and more. Check our posters.

Sat 30 Sept - Fri 6 Oct 2017
With: Visuddhimati and Friends
Free. Donations welcome.
Open to All
No booking required

URBAN RETREAT: Early Bird Morning Meditation

During the Urban retreat will be an opportunity to boost your practice by meditating with others at the centre. This session is suitable for those with experience of our basic meditation practices.

Please be on time because no one will answer the door after the start of the mediation.

There will be an opportunity to have coffee/tea together after the meditation. Please bring your own breakfast if you wish to join.

Mon 2. - Fri 6. Oct. 2017

7.30-8.30am, doors open at 7.15am
With: Santva, Satyapurna, Lottie
By donation
Open to All
No booking required

Retreat for Men at Padmaloka

Great Gathering at Padmaloka Join Kusala, Abhilasa and Aryajit for a weekend at our men's retreat centre in Norfolk.

For men who are familiar with the the practices of the 'Mindfulness of Breathing', 'Metta Bhavana' and the Sevenfold puja.

For more information please click here

weekend Fri 6 to Sun 8 Oct 2017
With:
For Bookings please refer to Padmaloka's website https://www.padmaloka.org.uk/retreats/2017
Going Deeper
No booking required

URBAN RETREAT: Special Puja and Closing Ritual

Tonight's puja will be the closing ritual for the Urban Retreat.

For those who know our basic Triratna meditation practices.

You are welcome to bring vegetarian food to share at 18.30

Friday 6 Oct, 19.30-21.30
Food to share from 18.30
With: Visuddhimati
Free event. Donations welcome.
Going Deeper
No booking required

Women’s class - every second Saturday of the Month

Women’s class with guest speakers:

  • 9 Sept: Karunagita and team will draw together the strands of life and Buddhist practice covered in the class so far, using the visual Practice Lotus, and explore ideas for 2018.
  • 14 Oct: Dhiraprabha recently became an Anagarika, embracing celibacy and the homeless life. She will talk about the meaning that commitment holds for her.
  • 11 Nov: Danasamudra set up the Sangharakshita library at Adhisthana. She and Dharmaprabha will introduce the Triratna women’s oral history project they are starting.

    *** There will be a Women’s class weekend retreat from 8-10 December ***

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

    *** There will be a Women’s class weekend retreat from 8-10 December ***
    With: Karunagita and Team
    By donation
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Opening to the Magic of Metta - Autumn Weekend Sangha Retreat (Fri 20 - Sun 22 Oct 2017)

    Take your practice of loving kindness to new depths. As we open to Metta we enter the magical realms of the Brahmaviharas, also known as the Illimitables or Sublime Abodes and find the Bodhichitta within our hearts.

    This retreat is for everyone: those who hate the Metta Bhavana, and those who regard it as their favourite practice. Transformation guaranteed.

    A weekend of meditation and shared practice in the context of a retreat in countryside.

    The retreat will be held at Redfield Retreat Centre in Buckingham.

    From Friday evening to Sunday afternoon Fri 20 - Sun 22 Oct 2017
    With: Lalitaraja, Visuddhimati
    Costs,
    £165
    £130 low wage
    £95 concession

    Going Deeper
    Booking required (5 places left)

    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

    Full Moon Puja - Dedicated to Avalokiteshvara (3 Nov 2017)

    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 Avalokiteshvara.

    For those who know our basic Triratna meditation practices.

    Friday 3rd November 2017, 19:30 - 21:30
    With: Dharmaprabha
    £10/ £5 (concession)
    Going Deeper
    No booking required

    Sangha Day Festival (4 Nov 2017)

    Programme tbc

    Saturday 4th November 2017, 10:00 - 17:00
    With: Visuddhimati and Friends
    By donation
    Open to All
    No booking required

    The Art of Friendship - A Day for Women Mitras

    We will spend the day exploring friendship.

  • How do we make friends?
  • What are our best attributes as a friend and where do we struggle?
  • What conduces to openness and depth in friendship?
  • How do we best serve each other on the Spiritual path?

  • Please bring vegetarian lunch to share.

    Sunday 19 November, 10.00 - 16.30
    With: Vajraghanta, Santva
    Free event. Donations welcome
    Mitra
    No booking required

    People of Colour Sangha event - Sun 26 November

    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 26 Nov 2017, 10.00-16.00
    With: Jayakara, Nandaraja, Sujhayini
    Suggested donation £20 / £10 (concession)
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Full Moon Puja - Dedicated to Shakyamuni (1 Dec 2017)

    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 1st December 2017, 19:30 - 21:30
    With: Abhilasa
    £10/ £5 (concession)
    Going Deeper
    No booking required

    Women’s class weekend retreat (Fri 8 - Sun 10 Dec 2017)

    A weekend of meditation, talks, discussion and other shared practice in the context of a retreat in countryside.

    Open to all women who have attended any of the NLBC women’s classes during 2017.

    Please note: Most rooms are shared, some have bunk beds

    The retreat will be held at Redfield Retreat Centre in Buckingham.

    From Friday evening to Sunday afternoon Fri 8 - Sun 10 Dec 2017
    With: Karunagita, Singhashri, women's class team
    Costs,
    £165
    £130 low income
    £95 concession

    Going Deeper
    Booking required (14 places left)

    Winter Solstice Celebration

    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!

    Thursday 21st December 2017, 19:00 - 21:30
    With: Lalitaraja
    Open to All
    No booking required

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

    Programme tbc

    Sun 31 Dec 2017
    Doors open from 20.30
    With:
    By donation
    Going Deeper
    No booking required