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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

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 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

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

Sangha Night

Lalitaraja, Santva, Manjumitra, Khemananda and guest Order Members take turns to lead evenings, practising and communicating Buddhism.

A Sangha evening might include a talk, meditation, discussion, workshop, devotional practice, and tea.

It is helpful if you have had an introduction to the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana meditation practices. All welcome.

Every Monday 19:00 - 21:30 (except Bank holidays).
Some evenings start with a shared meal at 18:30
With: Khemananda, Lalitaraja, Manjumitra, Santva, and various order members
Free. Donations welcome.
Open to All
No booking required

Padmasambhava Day - 'Pay urgent attention to Impermanence' (Sun 29 Sept 2019)

We will explore Padmasambhava's instruction to pay urgent attention to impermanence and discover the mysteries at the heart of his mandala palace.
10.30 doors open
11.00 Meditation, chanting and ritual with Lalitaraja
13.00 lunch to share
14.30 Visuddhimati will give a talk on Padmasambhava's Mandala Palace followed by further exploration of themes arising during the day.
16.00 Tea
16.30 Meditation and Festive puja with mitra ceremony

Sun 29 Sept 2019
With: Lalitaraja, Visuddhimati
Free event. Donations welcome.
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

Mindfulness and Drama

Mindfulness and drama go hand in hand and are inextricably linked, an integral part of each other.

Acting is a form of mindfulness. In mindfulness without judgement, we simply observe what is happening both physically and emotionally. Noting, identifying thoughts with an eye to detail. What actors are doing is being aware of what is happening around them, their physical senses, the emotions that are coming, their thoughts and words pass through them in service of a character. The more aware an actor can be the more they can portray a character more effectively.

During this workshop we will explore how Mindfulness and Drama can be used as a useful tool in our Dharma practice through various exercises connecting through our imagination with body, mind and heart.

So much of Buddhism can be explored through Drama. Come along and see!

Sat 5 Oct; 14:00-17:00
With: Niccy Lowit, Katharine Schlesinger
Costs,
£10

Open to All
Booking required (11 places left)

The Courage to Teach

At this 2nd gathering we’ll be exploring learning styles and the art of asking good questions. What is our own learning style and how does it impact our teaching? What about how our students learn? How can we design and carry out teaching that meets the various styles of our students? How do we get curious alongside our students? How do we support them to open to their direct experience in ways that lead to self-discovery and insight?

Please join us for this 2nd gathering, out of 6 being offered over the next year. You do not need to have participated in our first gathering to attend.

Open to any and all Order members and GFR mitras already teaching or interested in starting to teach.

Please bring lunch to share. Dana contributions will be welcome.

Sun 6 Oct 2019; 10.00-17.00
With: Singhashri
Free event. Donations welcome.
Order Member
Booking required

Full Moon Puja: Dedicated to Avalokiteshvara (11 Oct 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 Avalokiteshvara.

For those who know our basic Triratna meditation practices.

Friday 11th Oct 2019, 19:30 - 21:30
With: Dharmaprabha
Free event. Suggested donation £10
Going Deeper
No booking required

Women’s class - every second Saturday of the Month

Women’s class with guest speakers:

10 Aug - We will explore what we need to take our practice to the next level – if we want to - what that means to us and what would be helpful. The afternoon will be led by the team and includes short personal talks from Michelle and Niccy, with discussion and ritual. This is relevant wherever you are in your practice of meditation and Buddhism so do join us.

14 Sept - We will have Amaragita as guest for the first time. Drawing on her ‘Mandala of resilience’ work, she will facilitate a workshop physically mapping out and moving around a mandala to help bring awareness and clarity to different aspects of our lives and practice. Highly recommended.

12 Oct - tbc

9 Nov - There is an event for Mitras and Order Members at the NLBC this afternoon so there will be no women’s class in Nov. However, do come anyway – Dhammamegha will be doing the monthly public talk at 11.30 and you are welcome to bring and share lunch and, if you are a Mitra or considering becoming one, do join us for the afternoon.

14 Dec - tbc

Every second Saturday of the month,
10 Aug, 14 Sept, 12 Oct, (9 Nov see description), 14 Dec
14:15-17:00
With: Karunagita and Team
By donation
Open to All
No booking required

Autumn Sangha Retreat - Wisdom Embodied

An exploration of the multi facetted aspects of wisdom.
Buddhist wisdom is there to be discovered in the in the symbolism of archetypal Buddha forms and in the words and actions of the wise.
Over the course of the weekend paths to wisdom will unfold though our shared practice of meditation, mindfulness, metta, reflection and ritual.

For those who know our Triratna meditation practices.

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 (14 places left)

Afternoon for Mitras and Order members: The Buddha's Mindfulness - the Sutta of Mindful Breathing

details closer to the date

Sat 9 Nov 2019; 14.30-17.00;
shared lunch from 13.30-14.30pm
With: Ratnaprabha, Santva, Kusala
Free event. Donations welcome.
Mitra
No booking required

Full Moon Puja: Dedicated to Amitabha (15 Nov 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 Amitabha.

For those who know our basic Triratna meditation practices.

Friday 15th November 2019, 19:30 - 21:30
With: Bodhamayi
Free event. Suggested donation £10
Going Deeper
No booking required

Sangha Day Festival (Sun 17 Nov 2019)

Details nearer to the time.

Sun 17 Nov 2019
With: Ratnaprabha
Free event. Donations welcome.
Open to All
No 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

Full Moon Puja: Dedicated to Ratnasambhava (13 Dec 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 Ratnasambhava.

For those who know our basic Triratna meditation practices.

Friday 13th Dec 2019, 19:30 - 21:30
With: Santva
Free event. Suggested donation £10
Going Deeper
No booking required

New Year's Evening - Meditation and Ritual (Tue 31 Dec 2019)

Details closer to the date.

Tue 31 Dec 2019, 20.30 - midnight
With:
Free event. Donations welcome.
Open to All
No booking required