Buddhist Centre Programme for Summer 2022
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.
The Autumn 2022 Programme will start on Monday 5 September
25 April – 25 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. Please note that social distancing cannot be maintained at all times, so bring your mask if you prefer.
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/8998457002
Silent Sitting Meditation
27 April – 27 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 email@example.com 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.
How to Cultivate Compassion
28 April – 28 July, 7.30 – 9.00pm
The Mahayana Buddhist path emphasises the development of ‘bodhicitta‘. Bodhicitta is the altruistic awakening mind that progresses towards enlightenment. It seeks to overcome all mental obscurations in order to achieve the state of mind that is able to help all beings to liberation from ‘samsara‘. Samsara is ongoing conditioned rebirths in unsatisfactory states of existence, or ‘dukkha‘.
There are two main teachings on generating bodhicitta – the ‘Seven-Point Cause and Effect Method‘ and the ‘Equalising and Exchanging of Oneself and Others‘. These can be most effectively undertaken in a thirteen point combination. Both practices begin with establishing a basis of equanimity in the mind. Equanimity is considered as a tray holding the water of compassion. If it is lop-sided (meaning biased towards friends and away from enemies) it all runs away. For the combined practice, the sequence is:
- recognizing all beings as having been one’s mother
- recollecting their kindness
- holding an uncommon recollection of kindness
- having the thought to repay their kindness
- developing loving kindness
- equalising oneself and others
- reflecting on the disadvantages of the self-cherishing attitude
- reflecting on the advantages of the thought cherishing the welfare of others
- performing the actual exchange
- taking, concentrating on the aspirations of compassion
- giving, concentrating on the aspirations of love
- developing the special attitude; and the culmination
- achieving bodhicitta
Some of these steps may be challenging, so they are really worthwhile investigating together through discussion and dialogue. After a brief presentation, there will be ample time for questions and answers. Suitable for all.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planting the Seeds of Mindfulness
Saturday 21st May, 10:00am to 1:00pm
Introducing & exploring meditation practice with a spring theme.
Open to all, regardless of experience, the morning will include a range of practices and a break for a cuppa….
All to help ease the mind and open the hearts.
To be led by Barry Thurgood
The following are Tsog Days during this programme:
- Monday 25 April
- Wednesday 11 May
- Wednesday 25 May
- Thursday 9 June
- Thursday 23 June
- Saturday 9 July
- Saturday 23 July
The following are Festival Days:
- Tuesday 14 June: Buddha’s Birth, Enlightenment, Parinirvana
- Monday 1 August: Buddha’s First Teaching
There are bank holidays on Monday 2 May, Thursday 2 June and Friday 3 June (Queen’s Platinum Jubilee)
Last Updated on 23rd April 2022