What’s On

What’s On

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We are asking you to do a lateral flow test before attending an event, wearing a mask when moving around the building, and bearing in mind social distancing. This will help to keep everyone safe.

October 2021

Available events: Aged 18 - 35 Introductory Sangha Bodywork Mitra Sangha Meditation Going Deeper Meditation Environment Introductory Meditation arts Puja

Fri, Oct 01
  • 7:15pm - 9:30pm
    in person
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Bristol Young Buddhists

    Aged 18 - 35 Introductory Sangha
    What did you say?

    How much are we really engaging with the person across from us? When are we just hearing what we want to hear? Sometimes getting our point across is easy. But often it’s hard. Especially around something personal or associated with pain or anger. To be really heard by another, to really listen is a feat.

    Become better at truly connecting with another human being. Come along to our Buddhism and communication session and learn about the importance of more...

Sun, Oct 03
  • 9:30am - 10:30am
    hybrid
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Body-Dharma

    Bodywork Introductory Sangha

    Welcome back to Body-Dharma!

    The movement is the meditation. Get embodied.

    Advayamati is here to lead you through a gentle, mindful yoga session.

  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm
    online
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Sangha Circle

    Sangha

    Every Sunday 7:30 – 9pm

    Our tradition places great emphasis on building Sangha (a friendly community of individuals practicing the Dharma, the Buddha’s teachings, alongside each other). With the closure of the Centre we may be feeling a lack of this Sangha context in which we can share our practice, our reflections and concerns. We are social creatures so we may be finding isolation particularly difficult or we may be appreciating space to re-evaluate how we relate to more...

Mon, Oct 04
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    hybrid
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Men's Mitra Study

    Mitra

    By invitation only.

    This evening is for mitra study groups to meet in person at the centre. Not all groups use this space so do keep in touch with your group leader for information on times and location.

    A mitra (a ‘friend’) is someone who has chosen to deepen their commitment to practising Buddhism, within the Triratna context. To find out more about mitras then see our information page. Contact Naravira for info more...

Tue, Oct 05
  • 7:15pm - 9:30pm
    hybrid
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Sangha Night

    Sangha

    We are all a part of an ongoing and flowing lineage. We can be there to support others, to pass on our knowledge and experience, as well as deepen our own practice. This week we are inviting two mitra‘s to share their experience of being younger people within this Buddhism movement.

    Hear what the important elements of practice are to those in the younger generations. You might learn something for yourself! As well as how you can help to keep Buddhism alive in the West and more...

Wed, Oct 06
  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    hybrid
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Sangha Meditation

    Sangha Sangha Meditation

    This season we will explore the Just Sitting practice. This meditation corresponds to the aspect of receptivity within the Triratna system of practice. We will be looking at opening to our experience ‘as it is’. What can be discovered about the nature of mind and awareness and what does it mean to ‘simply be with what is’? How can we learn to look beyond the aspects of mind that inhibit this simple seeing?

    The series will explore the theme through short more...

  • 7:30pm - 8:30pm
    hybrid
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Meditation for Beginners

    Why meditate? Some of our community share their experience

    These drop-in classes are a great way to sample meditation for the first time or to get refreshing support and clarity to help you set up a regular practice.  Full instruction will be given. We’ll introduce our meditation practices, one each week – either the mindfulness of breathing which develops calm, focus and wholeheartedness, or a loving kindness (metta bhavana) meditation which develops more...

Thu, Oct 07
  • 7:15pm - 9:15pm
    in person
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Women's Mitra Night

    Mitra

    By invitation only.

    This evening is for mitra study groups to meet in person at the centre. Not all groups use this space so do keep in touch with your group leader for information on times and location.

    A mitra (a ‘friend’) is someone who has chosen to deepen their commitment to practising Buddhism, within the Triratna context. To find out more about mitras then see our information page.

    Contact Vimalavajri for more info.

Sat, Oct 09
  • 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    in person
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Going Deeper in Meditation

    Going Deeper Meditation Sangha Sangha Meditation

    NEW TIME! 2-5 pm | in person only event

    Suitable for those with 3+ years of mediation experience within Triratna. 

    Walking Wisdom

    Another immersion in the spiritual faculty of Prajna (wisdom or insight), this time explored particularly through walking meditation.  The freedom of Shunyata, or Ungraspability, can be touched in any moment of experience. We’ll be looking deeply at the experience of walking, to see its open, ungraspable nature. more...

Sun, Oct 10
  • 9:30am - 10:30am
    hybrid
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Body-Dharma

    Bodywork Introductory Sangha

    The movement is the meditation.

    Advayamati is here to lead you through a gentle, mindful yoga session.

    *please do bring your own yoga mat if possible*

  • 5:30pm - 7:15pm
    in person
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Eco-Crisis Practice Group

    Environment Sangha
    The Lotus that Blooms in the Fire: finding equanimity in a burning world


    ‘…The lotus that blooms from the midst of flames becomes all the more beautiful and fragrant the nearer the fire rages.’  (Zen Master Hakuin, from ‘The Life of Activity compared with the Life of Calm’)
    What greater challenge to our practice could there be but the climate emergency, this threat to all life on our planet?  How can our practice become a gift to this burning world?  In more...

  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm
    in person
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Cancelled - Sangha Circle

    Sangha

    Unfortunately we have to cancel Sangha Circle this week due to a facilitator shortage. Sorry for any disappointment. We are back the following week as usual.

    Every Sunday 7:30 – 9pm | IN PERSON THIS WEEK!

    Our tradition places great emphasis on building Sangha (a friendly community of individuals practicing the Dharma, the Buddha’s teachings, alongside each other). With the closure of the Centre we may be feeling a lack of this Sangha context in which we can share more...

Mon, Oct 11
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    hybrid
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Men's Mitra Night

    Mitra

    By invitation only.

    This evening is for mitra study groups to meet in person at the centre. Not all groups use this space so do keep in touch with your group leader for information on times and location.

    A mitra (a ‘friend’) is someone who has chosen to deepen their commitment to practising Buddhism, within the Triratna context. To find out more about mitras then see our information page. Contact Naravira for info more...

Tue, Oct 12
  • 7:15pm - 9:30pm
    hybrid
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Sangha Night

    Sangha
    Vajratara gives us a short background on Dr Ambedkar and the Dharmacharini’s who will be speaking at Sangha Night. Who is Dr Ambedkar, and why is he so important to our Sangha?

    Dr B. R. Ambedkar is a pivotal figure not only in the Triratna Buddhist community but also to the history of modern India, for the propagation of Buddhism in India, and his social and political work for the Dalit community (formerly known as the “untouchable” caste).

    Ambedkar went on more...

Wed, Oct 13
  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    hybrid
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Sangha Meditation

    Sangha Sangha Meditation

    This season we will explore the Just Sitting practice. This meditation corresponds to the aspect of receptivity within the Triratna system of practice. We will be looking at opening to our experience ‘as it is’. What can be discovered about the nature of mind and awareness and what does it mean to ‘simply be with what is’? How can we learn to look beyond the aspects of mind that inhibit this simple seeing?

    The series will explore the theme through short more...

  • 7:30pm - 8:30pm
    hybrid
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Meditation for Beginners

    Introductory Meditation

    Why meditate? Some of our community share their experience

    These drop-in classes are a great way to sample meditation for the first time or to get refreshing support and clarity to help you set up a regular practice.  Full instruction will be given. We’ll introduce our meditation practices, one each week – either the mindfulness of breathing which develops calm, focus and wholeheartedness, or a loving kindness (metta bhavana) meditation which develops more...

Thu, Oct 14
  • 7:15pm - 9:15pm
    in person
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Women's Mitra Study

    Mitra

    By invitation only.

    This evening is for mitra study groups to meet in person at the centre. Not all groups use this space so do keep in touch with your group leader for information on times and location.

    A mitra (a ‘friend’) is someone who has chosen to deepen their commitment to practising Buddhism, within the Triratna context. To find out more about mitras then see our information page.

    Contact Vimalavajri for more info.

Fri, Oct 15
  • 11:30am - 2:30pm
    in person
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Sangha Works

    Sangha
    Indonesian temple Rupa being dusted

    “What would it be like to turn all that we do into practice? How different would we experience the world, ourselves and others?

    Come and experiment in Sangha Works – turning the ordinary into the extra-ordinary! We start with a check in, before choosing a task to work with as practice from cleaning the centre, to cleaning rupa’s and shrine materials, to light gardening work. We can offer sitting down jobs and more active more...

Sun, Oct 17
  • 9:30am - 10:30am
    hybrid
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Body-Dharma (mindful yoga)

    Bodywork Introductory Sangha

    Become embodied, grounded and peaceful. A great way to prepare yourself for a meditation session… or recognise the movement AS the meditation.

    All are welcome!

    Advayamati is here to lead you through a gentle, mindful yoga session.

    *please do bring your own yoga mat if possible*

  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm
    online
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Sangha Circle

    Sangha

    Our tradition places great emphasis on building Sangha (a friendly community of individuals practicing the Dharma, the Buddha’s teachings, alongside each other). With the closure of the Centre we may be feeling a lack of this Sangha context in which we can share our practice, our reflections and concerns. We are social creatures so we may be finding isolation particularly difficult or we may be appreciating space to re-evaluate how we relate to others.

    In the spirit of wanting more...

Mon, Oct 18
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    hybrid
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Men's Mitra Night

    Mitra

    By invitation only.

    This evening is for mitra study groups to meet in person at the centre. Not all groups use this space so do keep in touch with your group leader for information on times and location.

    A mitra (a ‘friend’) is someone who has chosen to deepen their commitment to practising Buddhism, within the Triratna context. To find out more about mitras then see our information page. Contact Naravira for info more...

Tue, Oct 19
  • 7:15pm - 9:30pm
    hybrid
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Sangha Night - Mitra Space

    Sangha

    On Sangha Night this week, continuing with our theme of Mitras participating in Sangha Night classes during the month of October, two Mitras will be giving short talks on their practice of the Dharma.

    It can be very encouraging and inspiring to hear how other people practise the Dharma. This can feed in to our practice and help us to see that we are not alone in our challenges as well as our moving forward and overcoming in the spiritual life. These short talks can be very more...

Wed, Oct 20
  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    hybrid
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Sangha Meditation

    Sangha Sangha Meditation

    This season we will explore the Just Sitting practice. This meditation corresponds to the aspect of receptivity within the Triratna system of practice. We will be looking at opening to our experience ‘as it is’. What can be discovered about the nature of mind and awareness and what does it mean to ‘simply be with what is’? How can we learn to look beyond the aspects of mind that inhibit this simple seeing?

    The series will explore the theme through short more...

  • 7:30pm - 8:30pm
    hybrid
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Meditation for Beginners

    Introductory Meditation

    Why meditate? Some of our community share their experience

    These drop-in classes are a great way to sample meditation for the first time or to get refreshing support and clarity to help you set up a regular practice.  Full instruction will be given. We’ll introduce our meditation practices, one each week – either the mindfulness of breathing which develops calm, focus and wholeheartedness, or a loving kindness (metta bhavana) meditation which develops more...

Thu, Oct 21
  • 7:15pm - 9:15pm
    in person
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Women's Mitra Night

    By invitation only.

    This evening is for mitra study groups to meet in person at the centre. Not all groups use this space so do keep in touch with your group leader for information on times and location.

    A mitra (a ‘friend’) is someone who has chosen to deepen their commitment to practising Buddhism, within the Triratna context. To find out more about mitras then see our information page.

    Contact Vimalavajri for more info.

Sat, Oct 23
  • 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    hybrid
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Arts Cafe Season - Launch!

    arts Sangha

    The Artist as True Individual

    Flow into this Autumn with an energy of creativity, connection and intention.

    We start by introducing the season of events and the theme more fully. Get to know others who are sinking into their artistic side and find inspiration.

    “Engaging with the arts gives Buddhists the chance to develop and refine their emotional lives.  The arts can lift us and lead our imaginations beyond what we know.” – Dhivan & more...

Sun, Oct 24
  • 9:30am - 10:30am
    hybrid
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Body-Dharma (mindful-yoga)

    Bodywork Introductory Sangha

    Body-dharma yoga is a ‘still flowing’ form of Hatha yoga that incorporates Vinyasa flow, Scaravelli inspiration, somatic approach with a ‘practical’ mindfulness. These aid the integration of mind, body and spirit using the yoga of curiosity and letting go.

    With Advayamati

    *please do bring your own yoga mat if possible*

  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm
    online
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Sangha Circle

    Sangha

    Our tradition places great emphasis on building Sangha (a friendly community of individuals practicing the Dharma, the Buddha’s teachings, alongside each other). With the closure of the Centre we may be feeling a lack of this Sangha context in which we can share our practice, our reflections and concerns. We are social creatures so we may be finding isolation particularly difficult or we may be appreciating space to re-evaluate how we relate to others.

    In the spirit of wanting more...

Mon, Oct 25
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    hybrid
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Men's Mitra Night

    Mitra

    By invitation only.

    This evening is for mitra study groups to meet in person at the centre. Not all groups use this space so do keep in touch with your group leader for information on times and location.

    A mitra (a ‘friend’) is someone who has chosen to deepen their commitment to practising Buddhism, within the Triratna context. To find out more about mitras then see our information page. Contact Naravira for info more...

Tue, Oct 26
  • 7:15pm - 9:15pm
    hybrid
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Sangha Night - Practice Session

    Mitra Sangha

    Prepare yourself for a practice night with the Sangha. We will have a meditation practice together and feel the difference of meditating with others. Followed by a seven-fold puja to engage the emotions and imagination.

    Led by Naravira.

Wed, Oct 27
  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    hybrid
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Sangha Meditation

    Meditation Sangha Sangha Meditation

    This season we will explore the Just Sitting practice. This meditation corresponds to the aspect of receptivity within the Triratna system of practice. We will be looking at opening to our experience ‘as it is’. What can be discovered about the nature of mind and awareness and what does it mean to ‘simply be with what is’? How can we learn to look beyond the aspects of mind that inhibit this simple seeing?

    The series will explore the theme through short more...

  • 7:30pm - 8:30pm
    hybrid
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Meditation for Beginners

    Introductory Introductory Meditation

    Why meditate? Some of our community share their experience

    These drop-in classes are a great way to sample meditation for the first time or to get refreshing support and clarity to help you set up a regular practice.  Full instruction will be given. We’ll introduce our meditation practices, one each week – either the mindfulness of breathing which develops calm, focus and wholeheartedness, or a loving kindness (metta bhavana) meditation which develops more...

Today
  • 7:15pm - 9:15pm
    in person
    booking not required
    by donation

    Women's Mitra Night

    Mitra

    By invitation only.

    This evening is for mitra study groups to meet in person at the centre. Not all groups use this space so do keep in touch with your group leader for information on times and location.

    A mitra (a ‘friend’) is someone who has chosen to deepen their commitment to practising Buddhism, within the Triratna context. To find out more about mitras then see our information page.

    Contact Vimalavajri for more info.

Tomorrow
  • 11:30am - 2:30pm
    in person
    booking not required
    by donation

    Sangha Works

    Sangha
    Indonesian template Rupa being dusted

    “What would it be like to turn all that we do into practice? How different would we experience the world, ourselves and others?

    Come and experiment in Sangha Works – turning the ordinary into the extra-ordinary! We start with a check in, before choosing a task to work with as practice from cleaning the centre, to cleaning rupa’s and shrine materials, to light gardening work. We can offer sitting down jobs and more active more...

  • 7:15pm - 9:15pm
    online
    Access event via zoom
    booking not required
    by donation

    Meet, Listen, Make

    arts Sangha

    The Artist as True Individual

    Interspersed with hybrid/in-person events will also be a series of four Friday evenings on Zoom, to ‘meet, listen and make‘ (click here for more information on these Zoom sessions).

    You may like to use the ‘meet, listen and make’ evenings to create something to share at the Arts Cafe. 

    The ‘craft’ aspect of the arts has its own importance in the Dharma life for many of us.  more...

Sat, Oct 30
  • 2:00pm - 4:30pm
    hybrid
    Access event via zoom
    login to book on this event (19 places left)

    Note: Bookings are for in person only. You don't need to book an online place.

    by donation

    Sangharakshita & Blake, Eternity & Time

    arts

    Sangharakshita saw that the life and work of some Western poets, thinkers and mystics can offer a reflection of the principles of Buddhism – with the poet/artist William Blake being  “one of greatest of these winged spirits.”   His fascination with Blake began in his teens – and carried on through seven decades, right up to his death on 30 October 2018.  He felt passionately that Buddhism needs to learn to ‘speak the language of more...

  • 7:15pm - 9:15pm
    hybrid
    Access event via zoom
    login to book on this event (15 places left)

    Note: Bookings are for in person only. You don't need to book an online place.

    by donation

    Celebrating Sangharakshita's 'Guides From Beyond'

    Puja Sangha

    An evening of readings, chanting and puja.

    Bhante Sangharakshita sometimes used to speak of his sense that the Triratna Order and Movement was founded not so much by him as through him, which is to say he had a sense of something greater than him (ie the bodhicitta, not a being) working through him to manifest in the world.   


    In ‘My Relation to the Order‘ (p6) he says ” there are times when, far from feeling that it was I who took on the more...

Sun, Oct 31
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm
    online
    Access event via zoom
    booking not required
    by donation

    Sangha Circle

    Sangha

    CANCELLED THIS WEEK! Sorry for the inconvenience. Back again as usual next week 🙂

    Our tradition places great emphasis on building Sangha (a friendly community of individuals practicing the Dharma, the Buddha’s teachings, alongside each other). With the closure of the Centre we may be feeling a lack of this Sangha context in which we can share our practice, our reflections and concerns. We are social creatures so we may be finding isolation particularly difficult or we may more...

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