Buddhist Centre Programme for Autumn 2020
We are hoping that the coronavirus restrictions will be eased during this programme, allowing us to meet at the Centre again. Meanwhile, some events are available on-line. Please see the News page.
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 waged. 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.
The Spring 2021 Programme will start on Monday 4 January.
Basic Meditation – now on-line!
7 September – 14 December, 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.
The on-line Zoom link is https://us04web.zoom.us/j/8998457002
Silent Sitting Meditation
9 September – 16 December, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to avoid disappointment. Please ensure that you arrive by 7:20 as we start promptly.
“Training the Mind” – now on-line!
10 September – 17 December, 7.30 – 9.00pm
We will be reviewing the “Seven Point Mind Training” written by Geshe Chekawa in the 12th century, using a commentary by Nam-kha Pel called “Mind Training Like the Rays of the Sun“. Selected verses and commentaries from the text will be introduced each evening, followed by reflection and discussion. After a short introductory discourse, the emphasis is on discussion and enquiry.
“Key Features of Mind Training.Thubten Jinpa (translator for H.H. the Dalai Lama)
A central theme of mind training practice is the profound reorientation of our basic attitude both toward our own self and toward fellow sentient beings, as well as toward the events around us. Presently, we tend not only to grasp at some kind of intrinsically real “self” that constitutes our true being but also to cherish the welfare of this true “me” at the expense of all others. The mind training teaching challenges us to reverse this process. The training involves a deep understanding of others as true friends – as “more precious than a wish-fulfilling jewel,” as Langri Thangpa puts it in his Eight Verses on Mind Training – and the recognition that our true enemy lies inside ourselves, not outside. We feel hurt when someone insults us, disappointed when someone we love betrays us, outraged when provoked for no reason, pangs of jealousy when others are successful, all because of deep-seated self-cherishing. It is self-cherishing that opens us to these painful and undesirable experiences. So the mind training teachings admonish us to “Banish all blames to the single source./ Toward all beings contemplate their kindness.”
For the on-line Zoom link, please email email@example.com
We continue with weekend courses offered by Jamyang Bath at the Lam Rim Bristol Buddhist Centre.
Teachings by Geshe Tenzin Namdak
Saturday 12 September, 3:00pm – 6:00pm
This teaching was originally planned to be held at the Centre but will now be conducted via Zoom. Registration is required here.
This Saturday we will come to understand the most important aspects of mind training. We will see that the stronger our compassion is for others, the more courageous the bodhicitta attitude of attaining enlightenment becomes. If this gets combined with the practice of the six perfections, it becomes even more powerful. Learn how to generate these most constructive states of mind that exists in our human potential. More details are available here.
The following are Tsog Days during this programme:
- Friday 15 August
- Friday 28 August
- Saturday 12 September
- Saturday 26 September
- Monday 12 October
- Monday 26 October
- Tuesday 10 November
- Tuesday 24 November
- Thursday 10 December
- Thursday 24 December
The following are Festival Days:
- Saturday 7 November: Buddha’s return from the heaven of the Thirty-three
- Thursday 10 December: Tsongkhapa Day