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Meditation Toolkit for Regular Meditators

Our meditation toolkit explores strategies for taking our meditation practice further. Suitable for anyone who has already learned the two basic practices and wants to go deeper.

Tuesdays 19.00-21.30
With: Visuddhimati, Shraddhasara, and friends
£10/ £5 (concession)
Going Deeper
No booking required

Introductory Meditation Evening Drop-in

The Tuesday night class is one of our most popular weekly events. We introduce two core meditation practices: the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana (loving kindness) practices.

Tuesdays 19.00-21.30
With: Visuddhimati, Satyanathin, Shraddhasara, Abhilasa, Maitrisambhava
£10/ £5 (concession)
Introductory
No booking required

Iyengar Yoga

The Iyengar method, a highly regarded form of yoga, places special focus on developing strength, endurance and correct body alignment in addition to flexibility and relaxation. Classes are sequenced, emphasise precision and include a variety of poses from standing and sitting, forward and back bends, supine balances, inversions and relaxation. Classes are designed to focus on different aspects of the practice promoting overall well-being. Regular practice is energising and promotes excellent body awareness. It helps you feel refreshed and develops your flexibility, strength and improves concentration. A yoga practice for anyone and everyone!!

Wednesdays 10.00-11.30
With: Aubrey Maasdorp
£12/ £7
Open to All
No booking required

Careful Hatha ***new class*** starts 4 Sept.

Designed to extend the spine and strengthen the body. Movements are slow and precise. We work progressively to create the strength and flexibility that makes postures do-able. We mainly do one posture at a time and take care not to hurt the back. Alternative postures will always be given (but no sun salutations, Vinyasa or headstand).
The class is suitable for all levels including beginners. Come and enjoy clear, focused work and move towards inner peace.

Wednesdays 20.15-21.30
With: Tony Marcus
£12
Open to All
No booking required

Iyengar Yoga

The Iyengar method, a highly regarded form of yoga, places special focus on developing strength, endurance and correct body alignment in addition to flexibility and relaxation.

Classes are sequenced, emphasise precision and include a variety of poses from standing and sitting, forward and back bends, supine balances, inversions and relaxation. Classes are designed to focus on different aspects of the practice promoting overall well-being.

Regular practice is energising and promotes excellent body awareness. It helps you feel refreshed and develops your flexibility, strength and improves concentration. A yoga practice for anyone and everyone!!

Thursdays 18.15-19.30
With: Alice Knowelden
£12
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

SANGHA EVENING: Bodhicaryavatara series: Trying to Fix the World

'Where is there hide to cover the whole world?
The wide world can be covered with hide enough for a pair of shoes alone.'
Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 5, verse 13

Reflecting on guarding our mind whilst being open to experience

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

Creative Vinyasa Flow

Gentle to moderately-paced session that builds up to a fluid flow style. Students move through a creative and imaginative sequence of postures, interspersed with strength-building and sometimes challenging holds. The class winds down with an indulgent 10-minute guided relaxation and savasana.

Suitable for all levels from complete beginners to more experienced students.

Mondays 19:30-20:45
No class on Bank Holiday Mondays
With: Shirley Brooks
£12
Open to All
No booking required

Introduction to Buddhist Meditation (start 23 Oct 2019)

Meditation helps us to develop awareness and mindfulness as well as positive emotions. It helps us to get to know and change our mind and live a more mindful and richer life. Over time meditation can bring about a gentle but radical transformation.

The course will introduce traditional meditation practices and help you to develop skills in listening and connecting with your body and mind.

Suitable for complete beginners and those with some experience of meditation.

4 evenings
Wed 23 Oct - Wed 13 Nov 2019
19.00-21.30
With: Ratnaprabha, Shakyasiddhi
Costs,
£60 waged
£28 concession

Introductory
Booking required

Mindful Compassion Relationship training (MCRT) - Love, Intimacy & the Heart resilience training, Thu eve starts 24 Oct 2019

The relationship may be partner, parent, child, friend or work colleagues. Here you will learn to reflect, challenge, change & transform the difficult, conditioned past.

The training works directly with insight, wisdom, resilience & de stress tolerance skills. By noticing, observing through direct experience we allow spot light of kindly awareness to inform & transform the historical, difficult conditioned self, we will lightly open up and engage with these difficult patterns, struggles, obstacles, fears, angst and confusions in relationships.

Engaging with compassionate & mindfulness training to transform the mental, physical knots and emotional elucidating blocks often found in relationships i.e. blaming, making the other responsible, the judging critical mind, low self-worth, demanding/neediness, trust issues, anger, vengeful, undermining, loss of power, insecurity etc.

PippaO'Connor – BSc, MSc.PG Dip. Senior lecturer in the clinical applications of (MBCT) Mindfulness & Cognitive Therapy. Dip Relationship trainer. Practicing at the Priory Hospital & Tavistock Hospital. Also the North London Buddhist Centre. Dip Relationship & Family Therapy.

Supported by: Andi Stapleton – BA, MSc, MA. Psychotherapist specialising in Executive Coaching, Resilience training. MBCT Cert: private and corporate sectors: Priory Hospital / Priory Wellness Clinic and private practice.

Thu 24 Oct - Thu 12 Dec 2019 (8 weeks)
19.00-21.00
Practice day Sat 29 Feb 2020
13.30 -17.30
With: Pippa O'Connor, Andi Stapleton
Costs,
£265
£215 low income
£155 on benefits

Open to All
Booking required (16 places left)

Marking the 1st Anniversary of Sangharakshita’s Death

Urgyen Sangharakshita, Buddhist teacher, 26 August 1925 - 30 October 2018.

A special evening led by Ratnaprabha to mark one year since the death of the founder or our Triratna Community, Urgyen Sangharakshita. With meditation, readings, ritual and reminiscences. All are welcome, no charge.

Monday 28th October 2019, 19:00 - 21:30
With: Ratnaprabha, The Monday Night Team
Open to All
No booking required

Samhain Celebration and Ritual

Samhain is a major festival with several aspects. It signifies the end of the harvest period, it is new year's eve for witches, it inaugurates Winter, is the final chance to dry herbs for winter storage, It is a time when the veils between the worlds are at there most permeable and it’s a night when fairies are supposedly afoot working mischief. It is also the Day of the Dead for us as it was for the Celts, Egyptians and ancient Mexicans, a time for connecting with our ancestors.

In the liminal space of Samhain it’s a good time for personal reflection, for recognising our faults and flaws and creating a method for rectifying them. We’ll meditate, reflect and do ritual with Kshitigarbha as the focus.

Thu 31 Oct, 19.00-21.00
With: Lalitaraja
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

(CMBT) Mindfulness & Compassionate Mind Behaviour Training - Wed eve starts 13 Nov 2019

Without compassion we can not be aware, nor transform our intimate, personal and impersonal relationships. The need is greater than ever before, to be able to be present with our compassionate self by stabilizing, managing these challenging, frantic and difficult times.

Compassionate Mindfulness Behaviour Training (CMBT); is for anyone wanting to let go of difficult emotions using evidenced based CMBT techniques to train and transform our negative thoughts and feelings.(e.g. depression, stress, anxiety, sadness, anger, loneliness)

Instead of fighting difficult emotions, critical and judgemental thinking of self and other with CMBT we will learn to accept and lessen reactivity and find new helpful and skilful ways to be with ourselves and others by cultivating kindly awareness.

CMBT includes the MBCT Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Training for depression, anxiety and worry. The CMBT training is the added component to integrate change, wisdom, joy, equanimity and compassion for transformation in our life.

Suitable for newcomers and for anyone who wishes to enhance their skills.

Pippa O'Connor is a psychotherapist (BSc, MSc: PGCE & Dip) and senior lecturer in the Mindfulness Based Clinical Applications at the North London Hospital Southgate. She is a Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness Consultant at Tavistock Hospital and has a BSC in Cognitive Behaviour, Addiction and Trauma/ DIP Trauma/ EMDR.

6 Wednesday sessions 13 Nov, 20 Nov, 27 Nov, 4 Dec, 11 Dec, 18 Dec
19.00-21.00;
Sun 15 Dec (6th & 7th session)
14.00-18.00;
Practice day: Sat 29 Feb 2020, 13.30-17.30
With: Pippa O'Connor
Costs,
£265
£215 low income
£155 on benefits

Prices include materials.
Open to All
Booking required (7 places left)

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

Are you curious about Buddhism and Meditation? (start 21 Nov)

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 Thu evenings
Thu 21 Nov - Thu 12 Dec 2019;
19.00-21.30
With: Karunagita
Costs,
£60
£28 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