Help refurbish our mats and cushions!

Our mats and cushions are looking old, shabby and worn, so we’d like to re-cover them all and make them fit for the next 10 years or so.

We’re hoping to raise the money by the end of September so we can start work.

Can you help??

£5 will fund a block

£10 will fund a mat

Or…

For £25 you could fund a set for one person.

For £50 you could fund a set for two people.

Please consider whether you’re able to give in this way. You can donate online by clicking one of the buttons below or by donating at the centre.

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Joy is willing to bring her sewing expertise to the task and has already resourced materials and tried them out. If you’d like to help and/or have a sewing machine and appropriate skills, then contact her direct to join the team (or email info@bristol-buddhist-centre.org & we’ll put you in touch)

 

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.

 

Each day runs from 10-5pm with Kulajalini & Prajnamati

Bring veggie/vegan lunch to share

Click here for info on thebuddhistcentre.com

Devotional Voice – next one Sat 6 Oct

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

Open to anyone familiar with the mindfulness of breathing and metta bhavana plus Triratna ritual and mantra.
You are welcome to bring your own children who will need to be under your supervision (no creche facilities).
Saturday 6 October 2.30-5pm        Focusing on spiritual release with Amogasiddhi and Tara.
Sunday 18 Nov 2.30-5pm                Focusing on renewal and regeneration with  Vairocana and Akasadhatesvari.
Sunday 16 Dec 2.30-5pm                 Focusing on renewal and regeneration with  Vairocana and Akasadhatesvari
Tuesday 18 Dec Final sangha night of the year. Five hour mantra. 5-10pm (arrival times 4.45-5pm, 5.45-6pm, 6.45-7.45pm). Chanting the mantras of the five Buddhas of the mandala.
2019
Saturday 19 Jan 2.30-5pm               Focusing on awakening the heart.
Saturday 16 Feb 2.30-5pm               Focusing on awakening the heart.
Saturday 16 March 2.30-5pm          Focusing on awakening the heart.

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

 

 

Weekend retreat for women mitras at the Eastdown Centre 7-9 Dec

A weekend for women mitras: finding and negotiating ways to regenerate and renew ourselves. To nourish the brightness of our potential that longs to shine. 

Led by Dayajoti, Dharmamrta and Karunavapi.

Experiential Dharma practice with workshops, bodywork, walking and group discussioin.

 
When we have become more aware, our minds more refined, and released spiritually, the question arises – ‘What is there? What is left?’. What comes into being, in Sangharakshita’s system of meditation, is a new being based on wisdom and compassion. That new being is the Bodhisattva. So the dharma follower is reborn (metaphorically) as a Bodhisattva. She becomes something quite new, quite different. Instead of being driven by ego it is the Bodhicitta that comes through us: this is the stage of spiritual regeneration. 
In this stage we sense into the qualities of Awakening, how they feel in body and heart-mind; and imagine how they will feel and manifest when fully realised.
 
 
Please bring loose trousers for bodywork.
 
Non-refundable booking fees below – early bird until 11 Nov
 
 
 
 

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.

 

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.

Body-Dharma Day: Sat Nov 10th – 10pm-5pm

Experience meditation through the body.

Explore energy and body wisdom as a gateway to greater calm, peace, awareness and flow.

Body Dharma is a practical application of interconnectedness, mindfulness and loving kindness integrating the body through movement, vitality and a sense of fun.

Wear suitable clothing for meditation and movement.

Bring vegan, pasta free lunch to share.

Advyamati is based in the UK and has been involved with Buddhism, meditation, chi gong, yoga and shiatsu for over 30 years