Exploring Buddhist Teachings on a lively evening of talks, discussion, meditation and ritual. Open to everyone practising regularly at any Triratna Centre (familiarity with mindfulness of breathing and metta bhavana as taught in Triratna is assumed)
Sangha night provides inspiration, guidance and support by bringing consciousness to the connections between our inner and outer lives.
The evening programme starts promptly at 7.30pm – arrive from 7:00pm
no need to book
You can listen again to talks, or catch ones you missed here
Awakening the heart in a suffering world
The heart is said to be the meeting point between our inner and outer worlds. This year Sangha night is consciously travelling into this often veiled territory of the heart where our worlds meet.
Sangharakshita stressed the centrality of Going for Refuge to the Three Jewels (Buddha, Dharma, Sangha,) as the basis for a well led human life. For this reason our year of Awakening the Heart is focusing on the three refuges. We will be seeking inspiration and guidance from the exemplary Jewel of the Buddha’s life, to engage and enliven the heart. We will be exploring the Dharma Jewel that frees and resources a responsive heart, and the Sangha Jewel that establishes supportive and inspiring ground from which we can step deeper into our own life; our own heart, and from there meet the suffering world.
The Dharma Jewel:
25 June – 30 July: The Heart Sutra with Kulajalini, Taranita & Bodhipushpa
‘Compassion is far more than emotion. It is something that springs
Up in the emptiness which is when you yourself are not there.’ Sangharakshita
The Heart Sutra leads us from limited personal feelings into a fuller unconditioned space, from where it becomes possible to respond to the suffering world more effectively.
This 6-week series will explore this sutra, which contains the ‘heart’ of Buddhist Wisdom in all its beauty and ineffability.
6 Aug: Practice night with Naravira
13 Aug – 3 Sept: Practice eves
10 Sept: Tales of the Unexpected talks from mitras
17 Sept: Padmasambhava Eve with Satyalila