Events for regulars

Events over Christmas and the New Year (subject to Covid restrictions)

The good news is that most of our regular activities will continue as usual during the Christmas / New Year period. Here is a list:

- Meditation drop-ins (25/12 and 1/1) running as normal

- Sangha night (29/12) will run, led by Saravantu

- Early morning meditation sessions will run up to and including 29/12

 In addition we have some extra goodies (see the details below):

 - Christmas Day meditation and puja (in person)

- New Years Eve meditation and puja (in person)

- New Years Eve "Gathering Gold" event (online)

- Sangha Walk on 2nd Jan

 Christmas Day meditation and puja (in person)

 From 4pm to 5.45pm, led by Vajradevi and Vajrapriya in the Centre.

Maybe this could be a little oasis for some in the midst of Christmas mayhem, or loneliness. A simple programme of meditation and puja.

New Years Eve "Gathering Gold" (online)

 For anyone who can’t make it to the Centre on New Year’s Eve evening, Saravantu is offering a zoom gathering from 3-4pm on Dec 31st. A chance to connect with each other and reflect on the past year. Resourcing ourselves by opening to gratitudes and insights. Gathering up some nuggets of gold!

New Year's Eve in the Centre, 8pm onwards (in person)

You’ll probably all agree that it’s been another unusual year, with some level of disruption seemingly the new normal, even as we tentatively head back into more familiar ways of  doing things. And yet, this is exactly what the Dharma teaches us: all things arise and pass away, and no firm footing can be found anywhere in the world. The Dharma calls on us to practise awareness, metta, compassion and wisdom on the shifting sands of life, so please join Akasharaja and others to mark the end of 2021 in person at the Buddhist centre with a combination of meditation, poetry, quiet reflection and puja. The evening will start at 8pm, and you can also join on the hour at 9, 10 or 11pm if you wish. We’ll finish with a puja and be done shortly after midnight. If you would like to bring some nice snacks and some non-alcoholic drinks to share, that would no doubt go down very well! The current conditions on hand hygiene and mask-wearing when moving about the centre and chanting will apply. Do drop Akasharaja a line if you’d like to know more: (the missing “h” is deliberate and not a typo).

Sangha Walk, 2nd Jan (in person!)

Meet at the Centre at 11am. We’re planning a gentle circular walk of about 1.5-2 hours, mostly on the flat. Probably getting back to the Centre by around 1pm, so you might like to bring lunch and stay on after. All sangha members welcome.

Regular meditation events

Morning meditation club

Daily at 7 am

Come and join other early birds every morning at 7 am as we sit in meditation together on Zoom. Open to all those who are familiar with the Mindfulness of Breathing and the Metta Bhavana. Please click here for the Zoom code to join (or enter into your device browser bar).

Other events

Awakening. Community. Altruism. Lineage

Sangha evening on Wednesdays

In this new series of evenings, we'll be exploring the vision for our community which is based on the lines of acceptance recited when joining the Triratna Buddhist Order. They are:

  • To help people go deeper in their practice and move towards Awakening

  • To create a community based on metta and spiritual friendship

  • To help people express the altruistic dimension of Dharma practice

  • To pass on Triratna's lineage of teachings, practices and responsibility

You can watch all previous talks (where we have remembered to record them!) by clicking here.