Why vegan? Workshop + Feast Preparation for Dharma Day – 28 July

2 pm – 3.30 pm – Give peas a chance! – vegan workshop with Q&A 

Recipe sources, product info, health and nutrition tips/resources and more – and their relevance to Dharma practitioners. Plus a chance to share questions, successes and challenges. All welcome, whatever your current dietary persuasion.There may be chocolate. Led by Jane Easton, cookery teacher and writer.

3.45 pm -7.45 pm: Rattle those pots and pans. Sangha cook team wanted to work with Jane Easton! Help to prepare Sunday’s sangha dinner (sign up for a shift: four hours or two hours. We need the equivalent of 16 hours: prepping, cooking, clearing up, setting up).   Email info@bristol-buddhist-centre.org to sign up and say which day/hours you can offer.

 

Sunday 29 July

4 pm – 6 pm: Final prep, heating up, setting up and serving food – 2-3 helpers needed

6pm: Dinner

Main course (all vegan and GF)

  • Mellow Caribbean vegetable stew
  • Coconut brown rice & peas
  • Fried plantain
  • Mango & tomato salsa

Dessert

  • Lemon & blueberry drizzle cake (regular)
  • OR Banana, date & walnut cake (GF)
  • Served with cashew cream or ice cream

7.00pm – 7.45 pm: The mindfulness of washing up

Sangha Works Days this Summer

 

Each year we close the Buddhist Centre to the public in August so that we can focus on essential cleaning and maintenance.  This is also an opportunity for us to come together as a Sangha and practice in a different way, by working together like we do on our weekly Wednesday ‘Sangha Works’ mornings. (Tho’ Sangha Nights will also continue through August with simple practice nights/pujas.)

We work from 10 am – 4 pm each day and the dates for this year are:

Weds 8 Aug

Thurs 9 Aug

Tues 21 Aug

Wed 22 Aug

Thur 23 Aug

Fri 31 Aug

Sat 1 Sept

Sun 2 Sept

 

More details nearer the time!

International Practice Week: ‘Turning Arrows Into Flowers’ 22-29 Sept

Here is an invitation to our 2018 International Triratna Practice Week! 

The plan is for as many Triratna Sanghas across the world to take part as possible so that we can be aware of each other practising together as one practice community, from Europe to the Americas to Australia and including India!

It’s like the Urban Retreats we’ve enjoyed together in Bristol many times before: the week starts with a Day Retreat on Saturday 22 September (essential) and then we carry on with life normally with the emphasis on the retreat practice material.  We can have support in this with on-line talks and led meditations and also buddying up with another retreatant, meeting up where possible.  We then come back on Saturday 29 September for another Day Retreat partly to share how our week’s retreat has gone.  If you’re only free on the first Saturday, you can still take part without coming to this day if you are not free.

Click here for info on thebuddhistcentre.com

Simply Being – weekend with Tejananda 20-21 Oct

Simply Being

A weekend of meditation and discussion with Tejananda, who will once again be sharing his inspiring perspective and approach to meditation.
In his teaching he skilfully weaves the wisdoms of the Buddha mandala with the Triratna system of meditation.
Open to all Mitras and Order Members.  10-5 both days. Please bring vegetarian lunch to share.

Buddhist Action Month 2018

Buddhist Action Month

STOP PRESS 4/7/18: BAM Dana Appeal for Warsaw – we did it!!  Between us we’ve raised the full £2000 to help support Santaka teach the Dharma in Warsaw for two years! (In fact, money is still coming in…).  This will be matched by our mystery donor so £4000 (and a bit) will head to Poland.  To learn what a difference this could make to someone’s life, listen to Patryk Lange, from Krakow here.  Part of the money is the £350 bid in a silent auction for two stunning photographic prints of foxes by Sam Hobson!  Thanks to Sam & all those who contributed as well as Abhayamaitri for leading the appeal.

On Tuesday 12 June, Bhadra gave a talk about ‘Revisioning our Relationship with the World’ – catch up with that here.June is Buddhist Action Month (BAM), which coincides with our Ratnasambhava theme exploring positive emotion.

On Tuesday 5 June, Amalavajra came to talk about ‘Ratnasambhava’s Delight’ – the qualities of giving and generosity.  He also led through a ‘gratitude bhavana’ meditation.  (Catch this beautiful meditation here.)

The overall theme for BAM is ‘Transforming Self, Transforming World’. More details of BAM across the Triratna can be found here.

On Amalavajra’s evening we were invited to consider what action we each could take, focusing on the Dharma as our means of transforming self and world. Suggested actions were time, energy or money, both locally (Bristol Buddhist Centre) and globally (FutureDharma Fund – Triratna’s main charity for funding Dharma projects wordwide).

What could you do for BAM?

Locally – Give time/energy to help support events at the Centre, to spread the Dharma and to build Sangha:

  • join Sangha works for 2 hours each week to help care for the Centre
  • support an introductory course in the autumn
  • help with basic maintenance each week at the Centre
  • undertake website updates for Healing Rooms (requires WordPress skills!).
  • consider supporting the Centre financially through regular giving. For more information, click here

These ideas received a great response on our 5 June Sangha night, with offers of funds (one off and regular giving), skills sharing and more help with Sangha works all being made.  Bhadra is following these up – but it’s never too late to contact him with offers of help!  Email bhadra@bristol-buddhist-centre.org or catch him at a class.

Globally – There are a bewildering number of ways to help transform the world.  One concrete and very doable suggestion from Amalavajra is to Give time/energy or money to FutureDharma.   One specific FutureDharma project which the Bristol Sangha has taken to heart is:

Supporting Santaka in Poland

Here is a personal message from Santaka: “Could you please, give our heart felt thanks to Bristol Sangha for the beauty of sharing your resources with us. May you all be well and happy.”

An Order member called Santaka (left)  is already doing this in Warsaw. Each week he makes the 200 mile journey from Krakow to Warsaw to rent a room to teach two classes. This of course takes time, energy and money and in order to keep doing this he needs our help. He needs our support to continue spreading the Dharma to meet many more young people like Patryk, whose life was transformed by encountering the Dharma in Warsaw 9 years ago:

“Patryk is a young man in Poland who struggled with depression and anxiety, and a general lack of meaning in his life. Nine years ago he encountered the Triratna Buddhist group on Krakow, in what is largely a Christian country. Patryk knew he wanted to meditate but was very suspicious of any religion, and spent the first two years sitting on the windowsill. Then something began to change for Patryk and to his surprise he found himself making an offering during a puja. Fast forward to the present and Patryk has now asked to train to join the Triratna Buddhist Order and is currently living and working at Padmaloka, the men’s ordination training retreat centre in Norfolk, UK. Patryk now has meaning in his life.”

Patryk is just one story. There are many more people like Patryk in the world whose lives could be transformed by the Dharma.

The response from the Bristol Sangha to the Global request:

On the first Sangha Night of BAM,  we launched a fundraising appeal to support Santaka in Poland.  This is part of Buddhist Action Month (BAM) response as the Bristol Sangha.  We have an opportunity to help the Polish sangha, as we did at the skills auction last month. An Order member here in Bristol has pledged to give £2000 each year for the next two years, if we can match that. So anything we can raise, he will double!

On Tuesday 5 June at  Sangha night we raised £1485 for Poland, so we have just £515 left to raise.

Can you help?  Click below to

  Give £25 NOW to support Santaka teach the Dharma in Warsaw

Give £10 a month NOW to support Santaka to teach the Dharma in Warsaw

(Please email abhayamaitri@gmail.com to let her know if you do this – she’s keeping the records.)

If you’re inspired by FutureDharma, there are many other ways to be involved and to give – you might like to fundraise for a specific project elsewhere in the world, set up a monthly donation to support Dharma projects, or become a FutureDharma Champion. For more information, please contact Abhayamaitri (abhayamaitri@gmail.com).

 

 

 

 

NEW – Devotional Voice – Sat 8 Sept

Join Karunavapi and Beth Jones for a session of Buddhist mantra, chants and songs. Harmonies will be introduced. As devotional practice, no experience or skill in singing is required.

Sangha members are welcome to bring your own children. There will not be a separate activity organised for children.  In order to meet our safeguarding policy, any children you bring will need to be supervised by you at all times.

The session will include devotional practice, sitting and walking meditation as well as chanting and singing.

14.00 – 16.30

Beth Jones