Buddhist Centre Programme for Autumn 2021
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 Spring 2022 Programme will start on Monday 10 January.
6 September 2021 – 13 December 2021 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
8 September – 15 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 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.
The Twelve Links of Dependent Origination
9 September – 16 December, 7.30 – 9.00pm
The Buddha taught us ‘how’ we exist as summarised in the Wheel of Life, or Twelve Links of Dependent Origination. This represents our conditioned existence as sentient beings. We continue to ‘become’ from moment to moment, and from life to life, in an unsatisfactory cycle unless we understand these links and break them.. There will be time for questions and answers. Suitable for all.
From 7th October, we hope to be combining the remainder of the Thursday evening programme in the shrine room with an on-line Zoom session. For the Zoom link, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
That which Binds Us – Confusion and its Causes
Geshe Graham Woodhouse
Saturday 9th October, 10.00am – 4.30pm
Clouding the natural brightness of our minds there is a continuity of ignorance and confusion which impels to engage in actions which turn out badly for ourselves, others and the world as a whole. To free ourselves from our bondage to this unnecessary process of samsaric suffering we need to identify the various ‘delusions’ that distort the way we see things. Once identified, we need to know their causes. By stopping the causes, these delusions will be stopped, our actions will no longer bind us in samsara and our wisdom potential will shine fully forth.
We hope to combine Geshe-la’s teaching with an on-line Zoom session. The link will be provided shortly before the teaching. To register for the link, please email email@example.com.
Accessible to all. Light vegetarian lunch available.
Geshe Graham Woodhouse (Geshe Tenzin Osel) received full ordination as a Buddhist monk in the Tibetan tradition from His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1994. He studied for seventeen years at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in Dharamsala and received his geshe degree from Drepung Loseling Monastery in 2006.
Puja for Compassion
Saturday 13th November, 10.00am – 1.00pm, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Following a short introduction, Paul and Caroline will be leading the Chenrezig Sadhana in the morning. This is a practice that draws one closer to compassion through chanting and visualisation.
In the afternoon, there will be a Lama Chopa offering puja. Offerings of food and chanted prayers are made to all the teachers and gurus from whom we have benefited. And then the food is distributed amongst us all!
One can attend one or both of the sessions. There will be time to discuss the meaning of these practices and for questions and answers on them.
Please bring lunch to share – and suitable offerings for Lama Chopa.
The following are Tsog Days during this programme:
- Thursday 15 September
- Friday 1 October
- Friday 15 October
- Sunday 31 October
- Sunday 14 November
- Monday 29 November
- Monday 13 December
The following are Festival Days:
- Wednesday 27 October: Buddha’s return from heaven
- Wednesday 29 December: Tsongkhapa
Last Updated on 15th October 2021