‘Evensong’ means evening prayer or ritual. It’s roots are from the ‘vespers’ which in archaic language means ‘evening’.
Join Singhamanas for a spacious practice of poetry, chanting and meditation. This is a beautiful way to start your evening, transitioning from work into whatever awaits you. Connect more with your practice in daily life whilst building connections.
This event is open to everyone. Please note there is no ‘teaching’ as such, but this is an opportunity to practise together and meet with others.
Tuesdays and Thursdays 5pm-6pm – Arrive from 5pm for a 5:15pm start.
These ‘in person’ events in the Centre facilitated by Bhadra and Dharmamrta can be seen as a facilitated meditation practice focusing on both internal and external experience. Just like meditation, it is an opportunity to gain some insight into the shape and texture of our thoughts and body sensations as they appear, especially how they affect our relation to ourselves and others.
We start by laying out the Dharma framework with which to orientate ourselves. Then, after some warm-up exercises, helping us come into relationship with each, we sit in the facilitated circle and become sensitive to what arises within and amongst us, choosing for ourselves what to share and what to simply hold in awareness; a simple and sometimes profound communication practice that allows us all to work at our own pace.
To attend you need to have completed the introductory meditation and Buddhism course at the Centre and be able to attend both days in full.
This is what others have said about their experience:
“A remarkable space – to explore absolutely live the intricacies and conditioning we bring to communication, in the moment of that communication. The sessions are held in a Dharmic context and with Sangha, both of which feel important to me. Bhadra brings a depth of commitment, experience and a raw honesty to this model of group process that is very inspiring.” Ab
“What would it be like to turn all that we do into practice? How different would we experience the world, ourselves and others?
Come and experiment in Sangha Works – turning the ordinary into the extra-ordinary! We start with a check in, before choosing a task to work with as practice from cleaning the centre, to cleaning rupa’s and shrine materials, to light gardening work. We can offer sitting down jobs and more active jobs. We also get to connect with each other and dwell in active, off the cushion practice in the centre.
So much of how we speak, our vision of things and our communication is metaphorical and expressing something beyond the words themselves. Words are like a finger pointing at the moon. You’re not meant to be looking at the finger.
Imagination is key to the spiritual path and if we take dharma texts (the Buddha’s teachings) too literally in the wrong context / situation we can get ourselves into a right pickle. Many people struggle with the myths and fantastical imagery of some of Buddhism… don’t take it so literality! It’s easy to misunderstand what is trying to be communicated. This can distance us from others as well as halting our spiritual progress and dedication.
Join the Bristol Young Buddhists team and Kamalavajra.
A beautiful forest canopy appear in the shrine room at the Bristol Buddhist Centre. Those attending the retreat dwelled in this ‘mango grove’ to hear Buddhist teams and and reflect on their practise within the community (sangha).
Bookkeeper for the Bristol Buddhist Centre The individual in this post will take responsibility for providing an effective financial service for the Trustees and management of the Bristol Buddhist Centre. The work includes
Maintenance of accounting records, currently held in Paxton (cloud based accounting software) including bank reconciliations.
Cash flow management to include ensuring that all financial commitments are met.
Creation and management of annual budgets.
Monthly financial reporting to Trustees.
Ensuring adherence to Charity Commission regulations.
Creation of the monthly payroll, using Brightpay (cloud based software).
Annual review of risk management policy to include recommendations to Trustees.
Liaison with the independent examiner to produce year end accounts.
Undertake regular reviews of suppliers of key items to ensure the Centre is receiving best value for money, while meeting our ethical standards. Qualifications: Preferably AAT qualified, but consideration will be given to applicants with at least 3 years relevant experience. Experience: Budgets Year End accounts Gift Aid Charity Commission regulations and reporting Payroll
Skills: Good attention to detail Accurate record-keeping Computer literacy, especially familiarity with spreadsheets, databases and accounting software Multi-tasking and organisational skills to manage different financial duties, including the ability to prioritise tasks in order to meet deadlines Good interpersonal skills Good communication skills
Personal Circumstances: A mitra, ideally training for ordination. Desire to make work a spiritual practice Openness to learning about self and others through work Desire to contribute to team development and growth, and ability to work effectively with other team members
The post holder will become part of the Heart Kula (Admin team plus the Chair and Mitra Convenors). This involves engagement with the various, day to day team tasks involved in effectively running a busy Centre. We are a team-based right livelihood and recognise the importance of deepening our spiritual friendships with each other and working together harmoniously and collectively in order to serve the Sangha. You would be encouraged to join a support team for at least one regular class or event during the week, be in a mitra study group and in regular communication with at least two Order members.
The post is for 16 hours per week. The current rate of pay is £9.30 per hour, based on the real living wage. In addition, an annual retreat allowance of up to £1,500 pro rata is available. Leave for retreats or holidays are 32 days, including all public holidays. These are annual allowances running from January 1st to December 31 st each year and cannot be carried forward.
The closing date is Mon 25th October; interviews will be held in the following week. We are looking for someone available to start by the first week of January 2022. If you wish to apply for the post or have an informal chat about the role email Bhadra@bristol-buddhist-centre.org & firstname.lastname@example.org
Your application should detail your experience and also why you would like to join the Right livelihood team at the Bristol Buddhist Centre. Please enclose your CV and details of two referees.
Bristol Buddhist Centre Vision Statement
The BBC endeavours to be a place for human transformation through following the radical path of the Buddha.
We are a Triratna Centre and part of the world-wide Triratna movement founded by Sangharakshita and so offer clear pathways into a deepening system of Dharma training, in line with Sangharakshita’s presentation, supporting spiritual growth at all levels of involvement.
We recognise and place great emphasis on spiritual friendship and the practice of Sangha to support our practice of the Dharma.
We are committed to ensure we practice and promote the radical spirit of dana in all our activities.
We are committed to creating a vibrant culture of imaginative, creative and artistic exploration expressed through our programme and our building.
We are committed to creating a community that is racially and socially diverse.
We are committed to engaging with environmental issues in line with our Buddhist values.
We are committed to ensure the wellbeing of our community by clearly applying our safeguarding policy.
We work collectively to ensure we create a community that is effectively governed, efficient, sustainable and a well-resourced charity exemplifying Buddhist principles, benefitting the people of Bristol and beyond.
Contact: email@example.com and (CC in) firstname.lastname@example.org to apply or ask any questions.
Held as a mixture of online meetings and in person at the Centre. First meeting in person at the Centre is 12th September, then 10th October, 7th November and 5th December. All other Sundays are online meetings 7.30 – 9pm. See events page for details.
In the spirit of wanting to reach out and meet you, Bhadra and Dharmamrta invite you into a facilitated circle every Sunday evening. 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. Building Sangha (community) is an important emphasis of our lineage of Buddhism.
As we return hesitantly or enthusiastically from our enforced retreat… what do we carry from that experience? A day of Talk, vision quest and ritual celebrating the magical exemplar, Padmasambhava and the in between realm.