Buddhist Centre Programme for Autumn 2023
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. Also check the Other Events page for teachings, courses etc elsewhere.
The Spring 2024 Programme will start on Monday 11 January.
4 September – 18 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.
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.
Silent Sitting Meditation
6 September – 20 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 Precious Garland, by Nagarjuna
7 September – 21 December, 7.30 – 9.00pm
We are finishing the last verses of this text from the last two programmes.
The Precious Garland of Advice for the King, is a layman’s guide to enlightenment written for a king by Nagarjuna. It tells how to find happiness by cultivating virtues of body, speech and mind and how to amass the stores of merit and wisdom required for enlightenment. It is famous for the description of the Bodhisattva path of compassion and for its clear, concise analysis of the Buddha’s teaching on emptiness. Both the advice and the teachings are as relevant today as they were nearly two millenia ago in India.
This text can serve either as an introduction to Buddhist teachings or as a means to deepen previous understanding. Through discussion and dialogue, these evening sessions seek to make teachings accessible to everyone. After a brief presentation, there is ample time for questions and answers.
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.
“Just as you love to think
What could be done to help yourself,
So should you love to think
What could be done to help others.“
(Nagarjuna, from The Precious Garland)
We have copies of the text we are using in our bookshop, or you can download a copy here.
Programme to be decided.
The following are Tsog Days during this programme:
- Saturday 9 September
- Sunday 24 September
- Monday 9 October
- Tuesday 24 October
- Tuesday 7 November
- Wednesday 22 November
- Thursday 7 December
- Friday 22 December
The following are Festival Days:
- Tuesday 4 November: Buddha’s Return from Heaven
- Thursday 7 December: Tsongkhapa Day
Last Updated on 18th September 2023