Sangha Night – Programme

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Sangha Nights 2020: our theme is Vision and Transformation 
 
 As the Buddha taught, vision precedes transformation – we need to have a glimpse or sense of what we want to move towards, of how we want to transform – it’s a glimpse, a taste, a whiff, a touch, a call of something which leads us to want to transform. 
 
‘Vision and transformation’ (as The Noble Eightfold Path) was one of the first things that the Buddha taught after his enlightenment (see the Dharmacakrapravartana Sūtra).  It’s something that anyone who’s ever set foot inside a Buddhist Centre has had in some way.  Whether we recognise that or not is something we’ll be exploring during the first term – and on the Urban Retreat (18-25 January).  Vision is the first ‘limb’ of the Eightfold Path, which can be seen as an ‘unfoldment’ (like a flower’s petals or a tree’s branches) as well as a successive sequence of steps.  We’ve some great images to support us in our explorations, designed by Sangha folk.  This first one is by Yasmin Dix.
 
In the first term, we’re weaving a Level II meditation course into Sangha night – on alternate weeks. Meditation is fundamental to the Buddhist path and everyone can benefit from revisiting the foundations of practice – as Bhante Sangharakshita said ‘There are no higher teachings, only deeper understandings’. 
 
 In the summer term we’ll be exploring ‘action’ in its broadest sense, as an aspect of transformation – so that includes activism, ethics and ritual.  And in the autumn term we’ll turn towards the wisdom aspects of transformation. 
 
Our vision is to co-create the Sangha Night programme, so if you’ve ideas for things you’d like to see, please email naravira@bristol-buddhist-centre.org and we’ll see what we can weave in.  And if you’d like a book to support the explorations,  Sangharakshita’s book The Noble Eightfold Path is the classic guide.
 
Look forward to seeing you there!

The evening programme starts promptly at 7.30pm – arrive from 7:00pm
no need to book

Our theme for 2020 is Vision and Transformation:

7 Jan: Welcome back – Naravira & Satyalila w Suryadaya
14 Jan: Meditation Course wk 1 – Posture
21 Jan: Urban Retreat Week: the Golden Thread & staying connected with Inspiration/Vision – Satyalila
28 Jan: Meditation Course wk 2 – Balanced Effort

4 Feb:  Experiences of Vision – 3 short talks
11 Feb: Meditation Course wk 3 – Focus and Breadth
18 Feb: Parinirvana Celebration
25 Feb: Meditation Course wk 4 – Hindrances

3 Mar: Envisioning the Buddha
10 Mar: Meditation Course wk 5 – Dhyana Factors
17 March: Envisioning the Dharma
24 March: Meditation Course wk 6 – Recap/Taking meditation practice forwards
31 March: No Sangha night – Centre closed for Rains Retreat for Order Members & mitras

7 April:  Triratna Day & Envisioning the Sangha

You can listen again to talks, or catch ones you missed here

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