Sangha

Sangha Evenings
Every Monday except Bank Holidays
19:00 - 21:30
(sometimes starting with a veggie shared meal at 18;30 as indicated on events listings)
Special Evenings
With Khemananda,Lalitaraja, Santva, Manjumitra, and Team

Monday 9th December 2019

SANGHA EVENING: Bodhicaryavatara series: Ritual closing of theme

Tonight we’ll finish our contemplations on the Bodhicaryavatara with a ritual reading of Chapter 10 which begins with these verses:

“May all sentient beings be graced with the Bodhisattva way of life by the virtue I have obtained while reflecting on the Bodhicaryavatara.

Through my merit, may all those in all directions who are afflicted by bodily and mental sufferings, obtain oceans of joy and contentment.”

With: Lalitaraja, The Monday Night Team

Monday 16th December 2019

SKILLS AUCTION

Come and join us for our annual festive skills auction with Visuddhimati as MC with disruptions from Lalitaraja.

Food to share from 6.30pm with auction at 7.30pm

With: Visuddhimati, Lalitaraja

Saturday 21st December 2019

Winter Solstice Celebration (Sat 21 Dec)

Lalitaraja leads a celebration of Yule, the winter solstice, the rebirth of the Sun, is an important turning point, as it marks the shortest day, when the hours of daylight are at their least. We'll celebrate with an afternoon of meditation, reflection and ritual to prepare for the festive season and for the coming year.

This is a time to reflect on the year and prepare our resolutions, so that we have the best chance of success with any changes we want to make. The puja will be dedicated to Vairocana who is associated with solar energy.

Wearing red and white festive attire is welcome!

With: Lalitaraja

Tuesday 31st December 2019

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

Do you want to try a different kind of New year's evening with stillness, poetry, and reflection? Just join us for a meditative evening with ritual. Open to all.

20.30-21.00 Arrive: Doors open
21.00-21.50 Readings and meditation (doors closed)
21.50-22.00 Arrive: Doors open
22.00-22.45 Readings and meditation (doors closed)
22.45-23.15 Arrive: Doors open
Festive tea break
23.15-00.00 New Year's Puja (doors closed)

Please note: entry only at the given times

With: Khemananda, Santva, and friends

At The North London Buddhist Centre
By donation
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: Ritual closing of theme

Tonight we’ll finish our contemplations on the Bodhicaryavatara with a ritual reading of Chapter 10 which begins with these verses:

“May all sentient beings be graced with the Bodhisattva way of life by the virtue I have obtained while reflecting on the Bodhicaryavatara.

Through my merit, may all those in all directions who are afflicted by bodily and mental sufferings, obtain oceans of joy and contentment.”

Monday 9th December 2019, 19:00 - 21:30
With: Lalitaraja, The Monday Night Team
Open to All
No booking required

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

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

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

SKILLS AUCTION

Come and join us for our annual festive skills auction with Visuddhimati as MC with disruptions from Lalitaraja.

Food to share from 6.30pm with auction at 7.30pm

Monday 16th December 2019, 18:30 - 21:30
With: Visuddhimati, Lalitaraja
Open to All
No booking required

Under 35's 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.

Saturday
10.30-13.00
On 16 Nov and 21 Dec 2019
With: Under 35s team & guest speaker
Free. Donations welcome.
Open to All
No booking required

Winter Solstice Celebration (Sat 21 Dec)

Lalitaraja leads a celebration of Yule, the winter solstice, the rebirth of the Sun, is an important turning point, as it marks the shortest day, when the hours of daylight are at their least. We'll celebrate with an afternoon of meditation, reflection and ritual to prepare for the festive season and for the coming year.

This is a time to reflect on the year and prepare our resolutions, so that we have the best chance of success with any changes we want to make. The puja will be dedicated to Vairocana who is associated with solar energy.

Wearing red and white festive attire is welcome!

Sat 21 Dec 2019
15.00-18.00
come 14.45 for a 15.00 start
With: Lalitaraja
Free event. Suggested donation £15/ £10
Open to All
No booking required

The North London Buddhist Centre will be closed from Sun 22 Dec 2019 to Wed 1 Jan 2020 (incl.)

Meditation and Ritual on New Year’s Eve Tues 31 December(drop-in)

For more information please click here

closed from
Sun 22 Dec 2019 to Wed 1 Jan 2020 (incl.)
With:
Open to All
No booking required

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

Do you want to try a different kind of New year's evening with stillness, poetry, and reflection? Just join us for a meditative evening with ritual. Open to all.

20.30-21.00 Arrive: Doors open
21.00-21.50 Readings and meditation (doors closed)
21.50-22.00 Arrive: Doors open
22.00-22.45 Readings and meditation (doors closed)
22.45-23.15 Arrive: Doors open
Festive tea break
23.15-00.00 New Year's Puja (doors closed)

Please note: entry only at the given times

Tue 31 Dec 2019, 20.30 - midnight
With: Khemananda, Santva, and friends
Free event. 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 6 Dec 2019, 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

Full Moon Puja - Dedicated to White Tara (10 Jan 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 White Tara.

For those who know our basic Triratna meditation practices.

Friday 10 Jan 2020, 19:30 - 21:30
With: Sumana
£10/ £5 (concession)
Going Deeper
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.

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

Going Deeper
Booking required (16 places left)

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

The Courage to Teach 3

Please join us for this 3rd 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.

On this third gathering we’ll explore:
• Working creatively with the inevitable fear that can arise when stepping into the teaching space
• Engaging all students, especially those we find “difficult”, with curiosity and love
• Creating a culture of feedback that supports ongoing development and excellence in teaching

Sun 23 Feb 2020; 10.00-17.00
With: Singhashri
Free event. Donations welcome.
Order Member
Booking required

Under 35's Day Retreat: From reactivity to creativity

In order to change the world, we start by changing our minds. Through transforming our habitual thought patterns we enter into a realm of creativity and freedom.

Join the sub35 team for a day of meditative practice, reflection and discussion. Suitable for newcomers and regulars.

Please bring a vegetarian lunch to share.

Sun 1 March 2020; 10.00-17.00
With: Moksadhi & the sub35 team
Free event. Donations 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

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

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