Online Sangha Night – Tuesdays from 7.15pm

Sangha Nights by Zoom
 
It’s simple to join – just click the link below.  If you don’t already have the Zoom app installed on your computer/tablet/phone it will prompt you to install it.  (If you need technical help, please email techsupport@bristol-buddhist-centre.org and we will endeavour to help – or find someone who can!)
 
Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/288931369
Meeting ID: 288 931 369
You can join us any time from 7.15 pm onwards if you’d like to say ‘hello’ to the other folk there.  We’ll start the evening proper at 7.30 and it will run till about 8.45/9.00 pm.
 
If you’d like to catch up with what’s been happening at Sangha night, check out our Listen Again 2020 page   
for earlier talks, or our YouTube channel for all the latest ones
 
Sangha Night Programme
 
Our theme for Sangha Nights in 2020 is ‘Vision and Transformation’, an exploration of the Buddha’s early teaching on the Noble Eightfold Path.  After beginning the year exploring ‘vision’, in April we move on an exploration of transformation through ‘Action’, through ethical practice, ritual & devotion and activism/altruism.  For an overview of our theme for the year and the term, please see this PDF and this talk.  

 

Do join us for a complete eight-week training course in mindfulness and meditation as the next stage of our exploration of the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path. We’ll use Maitreyabandhu’s tried and tested guide, Life With Full Attention which is designed for people who have already established some degree of knowledge of the Dharma and a meditation practice.   It has much to offer both relative beginners, right through to experienced practitioners. We’ll take it one step at a time; building systematically week on week.  There will be homework suggestions and lots of opportunity to share our experiences.   It will be beneficial to commit to the whole course, so please consider doing that, although each evening will also work as a stand-alone. For more details, including how to order the book, see the Life with Full Attention Prospectus

You can catch up with the course on our youtube channel

though due to a hitch, week 6 is only available on audio

NB this course is for those with an established meditation/Dharma practice  No need to book

Samadhi & Wisdom: the culmination of the Noble Eightfold Path

 
Throughout 2020 we’ve been making our way through the eight stages of the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path.  In the last few weeks of the year we reach the culmination: Perfect Samadhi.  Sangharakshita describes this as ‘the state of being fully established in the
Enlightened mode of being” 
 
We’ll have an introductory session on Tuesday 10 November and then we’ll be exploring this in more depth through the mandala of Buddha qualities, the Five Buddha Mandala.  Do join us!
 
10 Nov: Introducing Samadhi & Wisdom: the culmination of the Noble Eightfold Path
 
17 Nov: The mirror like aspect of the Buddha Mind – Akshobya.   An introduction to Akshobya, who embodies the imperturbable mirror like wisdom that sees and reflects all things as they are. 
 
24 Nov: Sangha Week
 
1 Dec: The sameness aspect of the Buddha Mind – Ratnasambhava. An introduction to Ratnasambhava, who embodies the wisdom of equality and sameness that sees all things in their essential nature. 
 
8 Dec: Danapriyajoins the class to launch his new book for Windhorse Publications: ‘It’s not out there’ 
 
15 Dec: Meeting the Lord of Love and Light – Amitabha: Meditation and spiritual friendship are some of the many ways to develop the love and light of the Buddha.
 
22 Dec: Meeting the Green Buddha of Fearlessness – Amoghasiddhi: This evening we encounter Amoghasiddhi, who is the colour of peace and tranquillity and who knows no fear.  His name means ‘All accomplishing’.  He is the Buddha who transcends all obstructions. 
 
29 Dec: Meeting the Sun King at the Centre of the Mandala – Vairocana: In the final phase of our exploration of the Five Buddha Mandala, we arrive at the centre, the realm of Vairochana. There we encounter the White Buddha’s Dharmadhatu Wisdom – the Wisdom of the Sphere of Truth.  
 
 

If you have problems with Zoom, then please email this address and one of the team will try to help you out techsupport@bristol-buddhist-centre.org

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