Full moon puja Friday 27 July

The Buddha’s disciples have always gathered to practise together under the full moon.  We continue this tradition with a puja (worship, devotional ritual) each month.

We will mark this month’s full moon with a puja dedicated to Amitabha, the red Buddha of the Western realm.

Open to all familiar with Triratna practices. 7.30 – 9.30pm  Doors open 7pm

 

If you’re new to puja you can listen to Bhadra’s introduction to puja here or just come and give it a try!

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!

Getting to know Bhante & his thought

… a chance to encounter Sangharakshita through the Complete Works

The second set of volumes of Sangharakshita’s Complete Works has now been published and once again Dhivan and Satyalila will offer some half-day study sessions this autumn for Mitras, Order Members and friends interested in becoming Mitras. It’s an opportunity to get a sense of the many dimensions of Sangharakshita and the diversity of ways in which he has communicated the Dharma. It will also enable us to consider the context in which he gave various teachings – a vital aspect of understanding his work for future generations.

Sunday 30 September 2–5pm: Facing Mount Kanchenjunga (the second volume of Bhante’s memoirs)
Sunday 28 October 2–5pm: The Survey of Buddhism & The Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path (the Survey is generally regarded as Bhante’s Magnum Opus so this one is a must!)
Saturday 24 November 2–5 pm: Milarepa and the Art of Discipleship (two volumes with previously unpublished material on Tibet’s great yogi and approaches to insight)

 

Dhivan is a Buddhist scholar and also a poet who has an appreciation of Bhante’s emphasis on the arts as a vital aspect of spiritual practice. Satyalila is part of the team producing Sangharakshita’s Complete Works. Her life has been inspired and guided by Bhante’s presentation of the Dharma for almost 25 years and she’s keen to help others appreciate Bhante’s ‘radically traditional’ approach to Buddhist practice. Listen to them here

The sessions will include an overview of each volume by Dhivan and Satyalila and a close look at a few selected passages. It’s not necessary to own the volumes or have read the material prior to the session – though we hope you’ll be inspired to explore further!

You can buy individual volumes in the bookshop or from windhorse publications (they are also available as ebooks) or subscribe to the whole series and help to fund this great project.