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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
With: Mike
By donation
Open to All
No booking required

BAM! Buddhist Action Month at the NLBC throughout June 2019

This June is Buddhist Action Month and the theme for 2019 is "Climate Action – Personal Action". The NLBC we be taking part and we are inviting you to take your dharma and meditation practice off the cushion into action!

Some of the activities during BAM! are:

  • Make a pledge on our Tree of Intentions
  • Donations for a local charity
  • Early morning meditation at the centre more info
  • Special BAM themed Sangha Nights
  • Throughout June
    With:
    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

    BAM! Early Morning Meditation 2019

    In our early morning sit we will be focusing on different aspects of the Buddhist Action Month.

    Suitable for people who have done the Mindfulness of Breathing and the Metta Bhavana before.

    Morning meditation will be every week day starting Monday 3 June, through to Friday 28 June.

    Every weekday morning 7:30-8:30
    Starting Mon 3 June
    Last session Fri 28 June
    doors open between 7:15-7:30
    With: Karunagita, Santva, Maitrisambhava, Ratnaprabha, Satyapurna
    By donation
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Under 35s Alternative Friday Night

    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 3 May, 7 Jun, 5 July, 2 Aug, 6 Sep, 4 Oct, 1 Nov and 6 Dec 2019
    With: Under 35s team & guest speaker
    Free. Donations welcome.
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Women’s class - every second Saturday of the Month

    Women’s class with guest speakers:

    12 Jan: - Storytelling with Satyamegha from Nottingham - the story of Pingya's encounter with the Buddha and how it changed his life forever.

    9 Feb: Dhiraprabha is our guest – the topic “A taste of freedom”

    9 March: Suvarnajyoti joins as our guest for the first time

    13 April: Karunagita is back from 3 months on retreat and will communicate something of her experience

    11 May: Dhammamegha met Triratna in South Africa and has spent 3 years in the UK, at Adhisthana and Tiratanaloka. She is moving to London in April 2019. This is a chance to hear her story and for her to meet some of us

    8 June: We are welcoming back Danasamudra, who came from Adhisthana last year, and Dharmaprabha, who worked at the NLBC until recently. Dansamudra will give a talk called “Women, Inspiration and the Dharma Life”, followed by discussion, tea and led reflection with Dharmaprabha.

    13 July: Dhammagita returns for another wonderful afternoon with the body

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

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

    Full Moon Puja - Dedicated to Tara (June 2019)

    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 Tara.

    For those who know our basic Triratna meditation practices.

    Friday 14th June 2019, 19:30 - 21:30
    With: Sumana
    suggested donation £10/ £5
    Going Deeper
    No booking required

    Under 35s Buddhism and Meditation Morning

    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 20 Apr, 18 May, 15 June, 20 July, 17 Aug, 21 Sept, 19 Oct, 16 Nov and 21 Dec 2019
    With: Under 35s team & guest speaker
    Free. Donations welcome.
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Sangha Unleashed - Desert Island Disco (Sat 15 June)

    Come along for an social evening with Sangha friends in our chill out space or dance in the Desert Island Disco, and help raise funds for the Centre. With a live drumming performance, plus juice and cake bar.

    To hear your favourite dance track on the night - email
    desertislanddisco.nlbc@gmail.com
    by 5pm Tue 11th June

    Sat 15 June 2019,
    start 19.15
    With: Alana, Suvarnajyoti
    Tickets £10
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Sangha Retreat: The Dance of the Elements - A ritual adventure

    Amalamati, Visuddhimati and Lalitaraja invite you to celebrate the elements on a retreat in Spain - near Valencia. Using music, art and movement we will be exploring the elements through meditation and ritual as well as the arts practice of each of the leaders. Lalitaraja is a professional dancer, Visuddhimati is a well-known figure in the world of the visual arts and Amalamati is a professional pianist. Book through our centre in Valencia: informacion@budismo-valencia.com.

    Thurs 20 June - Wed 26 June or
    Fri 21 June - Mon 24 June
    With: Amalamati, Lalitaraja, Visuddhimati
    £325 for full week, £195 for Friday to Monday weekend option.
    Open to All
    Booking required

    I'll Meet You There - exploring empathy and communication with Shantigarbha

    Shantigarbha will introduce his book I'll Meet You There: a practical guide to empathy, mindfulness and communication and show how we connect with each other in the space that opens up when we let go of our ideas of good and bad, right and wrong. To empathise with others, we need to learn how to empathise with ourselves, so that when we reach out, we do so from the inside out.

    The evening will include a guided reflection from the book, stories embodying empathy from the life of the Buddha and practical exercises to help develop listening skills.

    Shantigarbha is a certified Nonviolent Communication trainer.

    Monday 1st July 2019, 19:00 - 21:30
    With: The Monday Night Team
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Dharma Day (Sun 14 July 2019)

    tbc

    Sunday 14th July 2019
    With:
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Full Moon Puja: Sevenfold puja (July 2019)

    An evening of meditation and devotional practice; this time the Sevenfold puja will be based on the Dhammapada.

    For those who know our basic Triratna meditation practices.

    Friday 19th July 2019, 19:30 - 21:30
    With: Santva
    suggested donation £10/ £5
    Going Deeper
    No booking required

    Sangha Weekend Retreat

    Theme will be published closer to the date.

    All who know meditation are welcome to come; accommodation and vegetarian food (we share the cooking) are provided.

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

    Fri 25 - Sun 27 Oct 2019
    With: Visuddhimati, Lalitaraja
    Costs,
    £175
    £140 low income
    £95 concession

    Open to All
    Booking required

    Open Weekend Retreat

    Theme will be published closer to the date.

    The retreat will be held at the Vajrasana Retreat Centre in Suffolk.

    Fri 6. - Sun 8. Dec 2019
    With: Ratnaprabha, Karunagita
    Costs,
    £175
    £145 low income
    £95 concession

    Open to All
    Booking required