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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

Spring Equinox Celebration

We will mark the Spring Equinox with meditation, ritual and a puja to Green Tara. Celebrated as Ostara in pagan times, it has associations with the rebirth of the year and with fertility. It is a time of preparation for farmers. Back then it was tradition to bring seeds to be blessed.

The word blessing comes from the Old English blaedsian meaning to make sacred. You are encouraged to bring seeds - actual or conceptual - to be blessed as part of the puja. Whether they are flowers for the garden or intentions for our life to make them sacred as they take root and grow into our life.

Fri 22 March
18.30 Food to share. 19.30 Event
With: Lalitaraja
Free event. Donation 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 EVENING: A Celebratory Sevenfold Puja bringing our theme to a close

Shakyasiddhi will lead a Celebratory Sevenfold Puja with musical accompaniment as the grande finale of our series of evenings on puja and ritual.

Monday 25th March 2019, 19:00 - 21:30
With: Shakyasiddhi, The Monday Night Team
By donation
Open to All
No booking required

SANGHA EVENING: Introducing the Seven Factors of Awakening

The launch of our new Sangha Night theme: 'The Bodhyangas'. In the practice of the seven factors of awakening, seven ordinary capacities of the mind - mindfulness, investigation, energy, joy, tranquility, concentration, and equanimity - are developed into the path of awakening.
Lalitaraja will introduce the seven factors as a path and as a series of balancing factors.

Monday 1st April 2019, 19:00 - 21:30
With: Lalitaraja, The Monday Night Team
Open to All
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 Apr, 3 May, 7 Jun, 5 July, 2 Aug, 6 Sep, 4 Oct, 1 Nov and 6 Dec 2019
With: Sub35 team, and various order members
Free. Donations welcome.
Open to All
No booking required

Pan-London Triratna Morning: A Lotus Realm - at the London Buddhist Centre Bethnal Green

In these polarised times we might ask ourselves what values we live by and how they contribute to wider global concerns.

The Triratna Buddhist Community, founded by Urgyen Sangharakshita, is just over 50 years old. Its activities take place in Buddhist Centres across the globe. How are these Centres relevant in today’s world? Chairs and council members from each of the London Centres will give short talks on how they believe Triratna’s Buddhist Centres are benefiting London and the world, and what work they feel is still to be done.

The event will take place at the London Buddhist Centre, Bethnal Green, 51 Roman Road, E2 0HU

Sat 6 April; 10:00-12:30
With:
Free event. Donations welcome.
Open to All
No booking required

SANGHA EVENING: Smrti- Mindfulness and Recollection

Khemananda will explore how Mindfulness is the key to sustaining a spiritual practice and fulfilling our purpose.

Monday 8th April 2019, 19:00 - 21:30
With: Khemananda, The Monday Night Team
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: TBC

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

SANGHA EVENING: Smrti- Mindfulness and Recollection

Mindfulness – The Breath And The Body. Why does mindfulness start with body awareness? Why is the mindfulness of breathing such an important practice? Ratnaprabha will look back at the Buddha's teaching on mindfulness in the Anapanasati Sutta.

Monday 15th April 2019, 19:00 - 21:30
With: Ratnaprabha, The Monday Night Team
Open to All
No booking required

Full Moon Puja - Dedicated to Manjusri (Apr 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 Manjusri.

For those who know our basic Triratna meditation practices.

Friday 26th April 2019, 19:30 - 21:30
With: Ratnaprabha
£10/ £5 (concession)
Going Deeper
No booking required

SANGHA EVENING: Positive Experience of Practice

A symposium of short talks from Sangha people on their positive experience of practice.

Monday 29th April 2019, 19:00 - 21:30
With: The Monday Night Team
Open to All
No booking required

***Save the Date*** Spring into Action - A Working Day Retreat (Mon 6 May - 1st Bank Holiday)

You are warmly invited to a mindful and companionable practice day. We will be meditating and working together throughout the day.

You can come for the full day or arrive at 10.00 for the morning session, or between 13.00-14.00 for the afternoon session. Sitting down work available.

Programme
10.00 – Doors open
10.30 – 13.00 Periods of meditation & work
13.00 – Doors re-open
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch break (lunch provided)
14.00 – 16.30 Periods of meditation & work

Monday 6 May 2019
10.30-16.30
doors open at 10.00 and 13.00
lunch provided
With: NLBC Centre Team
Free event.
Open to All
No booking required

Full Moon Puja - Dedicated to Shakymuni (May 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 Shakyamuni.

For those who know our basic Triratna meditation practices.

Friday 17th May 2019, 19:30 - 21:30
With: Shakyasiddhi
£10/ £5 (concession)
Going Deeper
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 Mar, not in April, 18 May, 15 June, 20 July, 17 aug, 21 Sept, 19 Oct, 16 Nov and 21 Dec 2019
With: Sub35 team
Free. Donations welcome.
Open to All
No booking required

Buddha Day Festival (Sun 19 May 2019)

Join us to celebrate the Buddha’s enlightenment with our Buddha Day festival.

Programme tbc

With:
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
£10/ £5 (concession)
Going Deeper
No booking required

***Save the Date*** Sangha Unleashed (Sat 15 June)

An evening of hilarity, musicality and playfulness featuring the hidden talents of the Sangha community at the North London Buddhist Centre. Let loose for one unmissable night only

More details to follow.

Sat 15 June 2019,
start 19.00
With: Alana, Suvarnajyoti
Tickets £10, £7 concession
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
£10/ £5 (concession)
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