Sangha Night | Tue 7:30pm

Tuesdays from 7:15pm

For anyone that has done our Intro Course, mitras and Order Members. It’s our weekly chance to come together, hear and discuss the Dharma and meditate and make connections with one another. Do join us!

Tools for Building a Sustainable Practice

Now, more than ever, we need to cultivate and strengthen our Dharma practice so that we can respond with resilience and creativity to whatever life brings. At Sangha Night this year, we are offering a whole variety of ways of building a sustainable practice using as a foundation and reference point one of the most tested and flexible sets of tools the Buddha gave us. These are the Five Spiritual Faculties – faith, energy, mindfulness, meditation and wisdom.

Sangharakshita wrote that with these five faculties we can grasp “all the moral and spiritual conditions necessary to the attainment of Enlightenment.” They are powerful tools which can be approached from many different angles. Back in 2008 he correlated them with the mandala of the five Buddhas and Buddhist Centre activities.
 
 
 

Weekly programme

 
July | 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th
 
The Anatomy of Awareness
 
Over the four weeks of July on Sangha Night:
 
Explore aspects of meditation with others. We will be deepening our practice through questioning…
What is awareness and what obscures it?
What distinguishes it from other aspects of experience?
Does it have an anatomy or structure?
Can we come to a more direct awareness of experience that can help us to deepen in meditation?
 
We will be doing this exploration in a practical way with exercises, meditations and discussion. The sessions will be led by Naravira.
 
August | 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st
 
During August, Sangha Nights will continue with practice evenings on the theme of the Five Prajñas (Wisdoms) as follows:
 

Aug 3rd – Locana – Dawn of Wisdom

Aug 10th – Mamaki – The Heart’s True Wealth

Aug 17th – Pandaravasini – Speech of Fire

Aug 24th – Tara – Midnight Star

Aug 31st – Akasadhatesvari – The Roar of the Lioness

Each evening will consist of puja and meditation. I hope you can join us for these celebrations of the Five Wisdoms! Taranita

 
 
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85439719858
Meeting ID: 288 931 369
You can join us any time from 7.15pm onwards if you’d like to say ‘hello’.  We’ll start the evening proper at 7.30 and it will run till about 9 pm.
 
If you’d like to catch up with what’s been happening at Sangha night, subscribe to our
YouTube channel for all the latest ones or our listen again pages for older material from 2020 and before

If you have problems with Zoom, email us and we will try to help techsupport@bristol-buddhist-centre.org

Catch up with the Rains retreat here: https://bristol-buddhist-centre.org/rains-retreat-2021/

Material from 16 Feb meditation course taster on Balanced Effort with Prajnamati:
Handout
Introductory Exercise
Talk and Exercise
Concentration and relaxation polarity map