Buddhist Centre Programme for Spring 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 Summer 2022 Programme will start on Monday 25 April.
11 January – 5 April 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
12 January – 6 April, 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 Six Perfections
13 January – 7 April, 7.30 – 9.00pm
Buddha’s teachings are referred to as turnings of a wheel – a wheel of ‘dharma‘. Dharma is the ‘truth’ and the way to act in accordance with the ‘truth’. In the First Turning of the Wheel, the Buddha taught the Four Noble Truths. These teachings are given to all who seek liberation from suffering. This requires understanding of the afflictive obscurations that perpetuate being bound in samsara, or the perpetual unsatisfactory experience of existence.
In the Second Turning of the Wheel, the Buddha taught the Perfection of Wisdom. In addition to understanding the afflictive obscurations that hinder individual liberation, this teaching is to overcome cognitive afflictions. These relate to a broader understanding that encompasses external phenomena. Essentially, this brings an understanding of the wants and needs of others. Founded in bodhicitta (the wish to engage in liberating all beings from samsara), the practice of the Six Perfections is adopted by Mahayana Buddhists.
The Six Perfections (called paramitas – that which goes beyond) are: Generosity, Ethics, Patience, Perseverance, Concentration, Wisdom. They are cultivated individually and with reference to each other. Prajna Paramita is the perfection of wisdom. This is the wisdom realised by the Buddha.
These evenings are mainly about discussion and dialogue. After a brief presentaion, there will be ample time for questions and answers. Suitable for all.
We are currently combining the Thursday evening programme in the shrine room with an on-line Zoom session. For the Zoom link, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. However, attendance in person enables better dialogue both during the session and over tea and biscuits afterwards.
Resting in Mindfulness Morning
Led by Barry Thurgood
Saturday 12 February, 9:00am to 12:30pm
Introducing & exploring meditation practice with a winter’s theme promoting resting deeply, slowing down and recuperating.
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 warm the hearts.
Please ensure that you arrive promptly
The following are Tsog Days during this programme:
- Wednesday 12 January
- Thursday 27 January
- Friday 11 February
- Saturday 26 February
- Saturday 12 March
- Sunday 27 March
- Monday 11 April
The following is a Festival Day:
- Friday 18 March: Buddha’s Day of Miracles
Tibetan New Year (Water Tiger 2149) is on Thursday 3 March.
Last Updated on 8th January 2022