Intro to ritual course 28 April

Putting down your aloneness

Ritual is an important but often underused element of Buddhist practice. This is an interactive and exploratory course whose aim is to vitalise ritual for you. You need to have completed an introductory course but beyond that is open for all levels of experience. It will be facilitated by Bhadra and a team of lovers of ritual.

In the early years of Buddhism, there were no Buddha images, only symbols

(Taster sessions on Sangha night 6 & 13 April)

Programme:

Week 1 : Active descent into the quest for meaning. Moving from head to heart. Stepping down from literalism.

Week 2: The vital taste of reverence. Finding the heart response. Listening to our bodies’ knowing.

Week 3: Standing before a shrine. Letting the world speak. Call and response at the heart of ritual.

Week 4: Enacting freedom. Reimagining the stories that bind. Creating the stories that free.

Week 5: Calling to the sacred. Building our relation to meaningful movement, sounds, symbols and images.

Week 6: The rituals of Triratna. Engaging with existing forms  

6 Wednesday eves 28 April – 9 June (no session 19 May) 7.30 – 9pm

No need to book

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89031908435?pwd=VTUvVERuVkhiMFVnOTdhZFJseGdOdz09

If you have problems with Zoom, email us and we will try to help techsupport@bristol-buddhist-centre.org

Rains retreat 14 – 21 May

Walking the direct path

Each year we run a ‘Rains retreat’ for local Order members and mitras. We also hope this year to welcome Order members and mitras from the Frome, Stroud and Buddhafield Sanghas.

Our retreat will be on the theme of Satthipathana generously led by our guest, Dhammarati, from Adhisthana.

The Buddha described his own journey as refinding a lost path. He describes the Satipatthana Sutta as ‘the direct path to realisation’. He suggests this particular teaching is nothing less than an exposition of the whole path. In the sutta he describes a progressive path, beginning with simple awareness of the breath and body, and deepening step by step into contemplation of the nature of experience. On this retreat we’ll looking at each step in our own experience, drawing on the Satipatthana sutta and also making references to the Anapanasati Sutta.

Dhammarati has been involved in Triratna since his first visit to Glasgow Buddhist Centre in 1973, and he was Ordained by Bhante in the Summer of 1976. He was chair of London Buddhist Centre from 1985 till 1992, when he returned to his training as a graphic designer to design Dharma Life magazine, a series of annual reports for Karuna Trust, and the cover designs for Windhorse books of that period. He became a public preceptor in 2003, and was chair of the Preceptors’ College from 2005 – 15.
Since 2015 he has been convenor of Triratna’s International Council, which he has recently left to become a full time member of Adhisthana’s new Dharma Teaching

Here is Dhammarati at our Sangha night last August.

The retreat will be on zoom. Check back for the link nearer the time.

No need to book

Friday 14: 7.30pm Welcome and introduction to the retreat

Daily programme:

7.30 – 8.30am     Unguided meditation and Tiratana vandana

10.00 – 11.30am  Dhammarati  teaching/ meditation block

11.45 – 12.30pm  Home Groups

2.45 – 4.15pm       Dhammarati teaching/ meditation  block 

4.30 – 5.30pm      Bodywork

7.30 – 8.30pm       Meditation/ puja

Going Deeper in Meditation 8 May

Zoom link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87960471684

9.45 am for those who have an established familiarity with the forms of the meditation practices we teach, along with an interest in exploring ways of deepening experience in meditation. Consequently we ask for 3 years meditation experience in Triratna of those attending the class.

Dates for 2021: usually the second Saturday of the month

8 May, 12 Jun, 10 July

If you have problems connecting then email:

techsupport@bristol-buddhist-centre.org and we will try and help

Material from 2021 classes:

9 Jan: Towards Embodied Faith in the Buddha’s and our own Awakening

13 Feb: Samadhi

13 March: Disentangling from concepts

10 April: Mindfulness as Sati Appamada Sampajanna

handout

Talk

Led Meditation

Explore material from previous years here

Online Resources – wider Triratna

If you would like to access other teachers, here are just a few recommendations:

Breathworks: Mindful Self-care for Troubling Times

A free online course from our partner organisation based in Manchester who developed the secular Mindfulness for Stress and Mindfulness for Health courses we run at the Centre.

Buddhist Centre Online: Dharma Toolkit for Uncertain Times

Free podcasts and live meditations twice a day Monday to Friday from 23 March.

Windhorse Publications

Free monthly e-books when you sign-up to their newsletter, 10% off book orders on account and free shipping on all orders for the next few months.

Wildmind

A global community focused on mindful and compassionate living providing online meditations since 2001 now has an app and online courses:

Sangha Circle – Sunday eves – no session 16 May


Sangharakshita places great emphasis on building Sangha. We are social creatures so finding ways to connect and move out of isolation is vital for our well being.

In the spirit of wanting to reach out and meet you, Bhadra and Dharmamrta invite you into a facilitated circle every Sunday evening from 7.30 to 9pm. We hope you will find this meeting resourcing through simply being with the Sangha. We will start with a short guided meditation to make contact with our felt experience, to tune into what is really alive within us. From there, we will be invited to simply be and listen, or to talk from that aliveness, to be heard and be seen. Everyone is welcome whether you feel you are new or experienced in relation to the precious jewel of Sangha. 

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86462849963

If you have problems with Zoom, email us and we will try to help techsupport@bristol-buddhist-centre.org

Going Deeper in meditation past sessions

2020 sessions

Nov 14: The Inner Hug: Opening Standing Practice Talk Led Meditation

Oct 10: Chi Gung session with Padmadrishti and led meditation with Kulajalini

Sept 12: on the heart space: Talk and led meditation

July 11: Exploration of Embodied Aware Presence: Talk and led meditation

Jun 20: Mystery of Us: Talk and led meditation

May 9: Embodying the Buddha: Talk  Led Meditation

 April 11: Broad Band of Awareness: Talk  Led Meditation

Feb 8       notes        talk        led meditation

Jan 11     handout

2019 Sessions

12 Jan        handout      Talk   led meditation
  9 Feb        handout      Talk   led meditation
  9 March                                    led meditation
13 April     handout

Listen again to talks and meditations from 2018