Current Programme

Buddhist Centre Programme for Summer 2024

The current programme of evening meditation, discourse and discussion and weekend Buddhism courses.

Buddhist teachings are traditionally given freely, but the Centre relies on voluntary support. If you wish to contribute, suitable donations are: evening/day classes £3.50/£1.50 waged/unwaged; weekend courses suggested donations per day £10/£5 waged/unwaged. At weekends, a light lunch is normally available but you are welcome to bring your own food.

We do not provide printed programmes. Please check this website from time to time for updates on the programme. Also check the Other Events page for teachings, courses etc elsewhere.
The Autumn 2024 Programme will start on Monday 2 September.

Monday Evenings

Basic Meditation

8 April – 22 July, 7.30 – 9.00pm

Drop-in meditation classes. Simple guided meditations to develop a peaceful mind and a happy heart. Suitable for all. Please ensure that you arrive by 7:20 as we start promptly.

We hope to see you in person, but if you are not able to come we are offering a virtual option: please click on the Zoom link below by 7.20 and wait to be admitted.

Monday meditations Zoom link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/7642775039

Wednesday Evenings

Silent Sitting Meditation

10 April – 24 July, 7.30 – 8.15pm

A silent, unguided sitting meditation of about 45 minutes. Suitable for those with prior experience. These sessions may not always go ahead, so please check with mike@lamrim.org.uk to avoid disappointment. Please ensure that you arrive by 7:20 as we start promptly.

May we be well.
May we be peaceful.
May we be free from suffering.
May we be happy.

Thursday Evenings

11 April – 25 July,, 7.30 – 9.00pm

These evening sessions seek to make teachings accessible to everyone, through a short discourse followed by discussion and dialogue, where there is ample time for questions and answers.

The Buddha said in the Mata Sutta:
“From an inconstruable beginning comes transmigration. A beginning point is not evident, though beings hindered by ignorance and fettered by craving are transmigrating and wandering on. Long have you thus experienced stress, experienced pain, experienced loss, swelling the cemeteries — enough to become disenchanted with all fabricated things, enough to become dispassionate, enough to be released.”

Why we are here – why we exist at all – is inconstruable, But how we exist can be observed and investigated. The Twelve Links of Dependent Origination help us to gain insight into the conditioning that perpetuates dukkha, or suffering, in its three guises: ordinary suffering, suffering of change, pervasive suffering.
The links are divided into three categories: delusion (ignorance, confusion etc), karma (action by intent), suffering (stress, unease, unsatisfactoriness). They arise in dependence on each other. As long as we are oblivious to this process, we condemn ourselves to repeat it. Thus samsara – the unsatisfactory existence based on a continuity of confusion – is the way of existence for countless sentient beings. But there is a better way! It starts with understanding this process and breaking the chain.

The Thursday evening programme in the shrine room is combined with an on-line Zoom session. However, attendance in person enables better dialogue both during the session and over tea and biscuits afterwards. For the Zoom link, please email mike@lamrim.org.uk.

“… do not accept my teachings merely out of respect for me, but analyse and check them, the way that a goldsmith tests gold by rubbing, cutting and melting it.” (Shakyamuni Buddha)

Weekends

Cultivating Bodhicitta

led by Simon Houlton

Saturday 13 April, 10:00am – 4:30pm

A day of study and contemplation on the mind of enlightenment, Bodhicitta. We will cover the two main methods for cultivating Bodhicitta, the Seven-Point Cause and Effect practice coming down through Asanga, and the practice of Equalising and Exchange of Self and Others practice coming through Nagarjuna and his followers.
The day will involve short presentations, followed by discussion and periods of meditation.
All are welcome. There will be tea and coffee in the breaks, and we will provide a simple lunch, although people are welcome to bring food to contribute to the lunch.

Simon will be following this course with – ‘Conversations on Emptiness‘ – possibly on Saturday 29 June. This will be confirmed later

Tsog Days

The following are Tsog Days during this programme:

  • Thursday 18 April
  • Friday 3 May
  • Saturday 18 May
  • Sunday 2 June
  • Sunday 16 June
  • Monday 1 July
  • Tuesday 16 July

The following are Festival Days:

  • Thursday 23 May: Buddha’s Birth, Death and Parinirvana
  • Tuesday 9 July: Buddha’s First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma

Last Updated on 2nd April 2024

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