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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

Under 35's 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!

Upcoming speakers and topics:
6th Dec - Sagarasila - The ideal of friendship
10th Jan - Devamitra - Responding to Craving and Desire
24th Jan - Moksadhi - Peace is a fire
7th Feb - Prajnaketu - How to fall in (and out of) love: a Buddhist perspective
21 Feb - tbc
6th Mar - Vajragupta - Time

With late night tea bar after.

Friday evening (fortnightly)
19.00-21.30
with late night tea bar after
On 10 Jan, 24 Jan, 7 Feb, 21 Feb, 6 Mar
With: Under 35s team & guest speaker
Free event. Donations welcome.
Open to All
No booking required

Saturday Morning Meditation and Buddhism Drop-in class

We start with meditation at 10:15. After the tea break, you can continue to explore meditation, or alternatively you can join the Buddhism option. Our new theme is URBAN BUDDHISM.

On the second Saturday of each month there is a talk on one of these themes (click here), and on the other Saturdays we get together to explore the topic further. All are welcome, and you don't need to come each week.

Saturdays 10.15-12.45
With: Ratnaprabha & Sat morning team
£10/ £5 (concession)
Open to All
No booking required

Weekend Sangha Retreat: Embodied Awareness and the Perfection of Wisdom

A Sangha weekend exploring embodied awareness as it manifests in meditation, bodywork, ritual and the Perfection of Wisdom literature.
Direct experience of the depths of awareness is elucidated in the Heart Sutra and the Perfection of Wisdom texts. Prajnaparamita is a female wisdom deity who symbolises the Perfection of Wisdom and is sometimes known as the mother of the Buddhas.
For those who know the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana meditation practices.

The retreat will be held at Redfield Retreat Centre in Buckinghamshire. Shared accommodation and vegetarian food (we share the cooking) are provided.

Fri evening 7 Feb - Sun 9 Feb 2020
With: Visuddhimati, Lalitaraja
Costs,
£175
£145 low income
£95 concession

Going Deeper
Booking required (10 places left)

Live Budcasts: The Eight Ways of the Noble Ones (titles and speakers might change)

A new series of the monthly Saturday morning Budcast talks and podcasts starts 11 Jan at 11:30.

All welcome. Free event. Suggested donation £5. You can listen to the podcasts of the talks Please click here

11 Jan - "How far can we go?" - A Buddha vision - with Akashamitra

8 Feb - "Who is driving?" with Vajramitra

14 Mar "Can we be understood?" - Skilful speech in Buddhism - with Karunagita

11 Apr - "Living lightly - Buddhist ideas on the effect we have" with Singhashri

In the weeks between, do come to a discussion group around themes from the talk as part of the Saturday morning class starting at 10:15.

Every second Saturday of the month:
Sat 11 Jan, Sat 8 Feb, Sat 14 Mar and Sat 11 Apr
11.30-12.45
With: Ratnaprabha & Sat morning team
Free event. Suggested donation £5.
Open to All
No booking required

Women's class - every second Saturday of the month

11 Jan - "Touching Compassion" with Vajraghanta. At the start of a new decade we will take the opportunity to reflect on our lives and set intentions with compassion. Vajraghanta has many years of experience facilitating communication workshops. All welcome.

8 Feb - Reflections on Amoghasiddhi, the mysterious archetypal Buddha of the North' with Shraddhasara.

14 Mar - An afternoon with Singhashri marking International Women’s Day: As Buddhist women and gender non-conforming people, how might we respond to the current social, climate and ecological crises we face in the world today? What is the unique contribution we can bring to collective efforts to find new ways forward that honour all people, animals and the planet? What is the middle way between anger and apathy?

11 Apr - The class coincides with Easter weekend so Karunagita will pick up on topical themes of spiritual death and rebirth, including experiential exercises, discussion and ritual.

every second Saturday of the month:
14 Dec, 11 Jan, 8 Feb, 14 Mar & 11 Apr
14:00-17:00
With: Karunagita and Team
Free event. Donations welcome.
Open to All
No booking required

Are you curious about Buddhism and Meditation? (start Wed 12 Feb)

This 4 week course will introduce the Buddha, his teaching (Dharma) and the followers of his teaching (Sangha). We will focus on the historical Buddha including key stories about his life and enlightenment as well as exploring Buddhist practice - the Buddhist path laid out in his teaching.

The course is open to all and will include space for questions and discussion.

We will also explore the 'Mindfulness of Breathing' and the 'Metta Bhavana' meditation practices.

4 evenings
Wed 12 Feb - Wed 4 Mar 2020
19.00-21.30
With: Ratnaprabha
Costs,
£64
£32 concession

Introductory
Booking required

Full Moon Puja: Dedicated to Vajrasattva (14 Feb 2020)

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 Vajrasattva.

For those who know our basic Triratna meditation practices.

Friday 14 Feb 2020, 19:30 - 21:30
With: Shraddhasara
Free event. Suggested donation £10
Going Deeper
No booking required

Parinirvana Day Festival (Sun 16 Feb 2020)

Details closer to the date.

Sun 16 Feb 2020; 11:00-19:00
With:
Free event. Donation welcome.
Open to All
No booking required

Full Moon Puja - Dedicated to Green Tara (Mar 2020)

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 6 Mar 2020, 19:30 - 21:30
With: Shakyasiddhi
£10/ £5 (concession)
Going Deeper
No booking required

Are you curious about Buddhism and Meditation? (start Sat 14 Mar)

This 4 week course will introduce the Buddha, his teaching (Dharma) and the followers of his teaching (Sangha). We will focus on the historical Buddha including key stories about his life and enlightenment as well as exploring Buddhist practice - the Buddhist path laid out in his teaching.

The course is open to all and will include space for questions and discussion.

We will also explore the 'Mindfulness of Breathing' and the 'Metta Bhavana' meditation practices.

4 mornings
Sat 14 Mar - Sat 4 Apr 2020
10.00-12.30
With:
Costs,
£64
£32 concession

Introductory
Booking required

Are you curious about Buddhism and Meditation - PART 2 (start Wed 25 Mar)

This 6 week course is suited for everyone who has attended one of our introductory courses and who knows our 2 meditation practices.

The Buddha suggests we become familiar with how the mind works- How it creates and shapes our perceptions - of ourselves and the world

Using both the Tibetan Wheel of Life and Meditation as a bases for our study, the course will look at how we shape our lives, how we can practise to let go of ways of acting which limit us, and the Buddhist teachings which lead toward living a more positive and responsive life.

6 evenings
Wed 25 Mar - Wed 29 Apr 2020
19.30-21.45
With: Vajramitra
Costs,
£90
£45 concession

Going Deeper
Booking required

Full Moon Puja - Dedicated to Shakymuni (3 Apr 2020)

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 3 Apr 2020, 19:30 - 21:30
With: Ratnaprabha
£10/ £5 (concession)
Going Deeper
No booking required

The Journey and the Guide - A Practical Course in Enlightenment

How do we make the most of life? Buddhism is a non-theistic, practical path of human growth and fulfilment. This eight-week course leads participants step by step along the Buddhist path from mindfulness and emotional strength to receptivity, spiritual death and rebirth.

On the course we will be learning how to put spiritual life into practice here and now.

Course participants will receive the fascinating book by Maitreyabandhu of the London Buddhist Centre 'The Journey and the Guide' as part of the course.

8 Sat mornings 10:15-12:45
Sat 25 Apr to Sat 13 June 2020
With: Anandavajra
Costs,
£140
£100 concession

Open to All
Booking required (18 places left)

Metta Day (Sun 26 Apr 2020)

Come and spend a nourishing day retreat immersed in metta - friendliness, kindness, unconditional love. Through talks, meditation, discussion and mindful self-compassion we will explore this transformative practice, how it changes our attitude to ourselves and to the other beings who surround us in the world.

Bring veggie lunch to share

Sun 26 Apr 2020, 10:00-17:00
With: Karunagita, Maitrisambhava
Free event. Suggested donation £30/ £15
Open to All
Booking required

Buddha Day Festival (Sun 10 May 2020)

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

Details closer to the date.

Sun 10 May; 11.00-17.00
With:
By donation
Open to All
No booking required

Open Weekend Retreat

A weekend retreat on Buddhism and Buddhist meditation. More details closer to the date.

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

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

Fri 22. - Sun 24. May 2020
With:
Costs,
£175
£145 low income
£95 concession

Open to All
Booking required

Dancing with the Elements - Summer Retreat in Spain

Dancing with the Elements and Opening into the Element of Space Summer retreat At Suryavana Retreat Centre, Spain.
Amalamati, Lalitaraja and Visuddhimati invite you on a journey to explore the elements and discover spaciousness through arts and ritual on a retreat in Spain - near Valencia. Using music, art and movement we will be exploring the elements and drawing inspiration from the arts practice of each of the leaders. Lalitaraja is a professional dancer, Visuddhimati is a visual artist, and Amalamati is a professional pianist.
To book contact Sudaka: info@suryavana.es - discount for early bookings, and if you book with a friend

9 - 15 August 2020
With: Amalamati, Lalitaraja, Visuddhimati
390/340 Euros
Open to All
Booking Information in Description