Buddhist Centre Programme for Spring 2021
While the coronavirus restrictions continue, we are unable to meet at the Centre. Meanwhile, Monday and Thursday evening sessions continue via Zoom. 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 Summer 2021 Programme will start on Monday 12 April.
Basic Meditation – now on-line!
4 January – 22 March, 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
6 January – 24 March, 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.
Nagarjuna’s Letter – now on-line!
7 January – 25 March, 7.30 – 9.00pm
Nagarjuna, the Buddhist sage who explained the Buddha’s teachings on emptiness, wrote this short (123 verse) letter as a summary of the Buddhist path. It was written for a king, but it is suitable for all. Selected readings from, and commentaries on, this text will be accompanied by a short discourse, reflection and discussion.
“For centuries, Dharma students have traditionally studied Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend, for it provides a concise and thorough introduction to the entire Buddhist path practice. By examining the Four Noble Truths and the Six Perfections, Nagarjuna describes logically and poetically the internal patterns of experience which leads a person to buddhahood.Cover notes from Library of Tibetan Works and Archives translation by Geshe Lobsang Tharchin, reprint 2010
Nagarjuna wrote this letter to his friend King Satavahana, in order to alert him to the worldly impurities, especially in discharging his royal activities, and to integrate spiritual values into his daily life. In this respect, his advice is still of special interest to those who wish to cultivate a religious practice while continuing to live and work in society.“
The root text that we will be using is available here. It is split into twelve to cover the number of sessions in the current programme.
For the on-line Zoom link, please email email@example.com
Due to uncertainties about what anti-covid restrictions will be imposed, we are unable to timetable any weekend events in this programme.
The following are Tsog Days during this programme:
- Friday 8 January
- Saturday 23 January
- Sunday 7 February
- Monday 22 February
- Monday 8 March
- Tuesday 23 March
The following are Festival Days:
- Saturday 27 February: Buddha’s Day of Miracles
Tibetan New Year is Friday 12 February – Year 2149, Iron Bull Year
Easter Sunday is 4 April
Last Updated on 21st December 2020