What’s On

What’s On

December 2023

Available events: Aged 18 - 35 Sangha Singing Friday Night Meditation Arts Sangha Night Intermediate Meditation Introductory Introductory Meditation Bodywork Yoga Sangha Works

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

    Bristol Young Buddhists

    Aged 18 - 35

    Have you ever heard about the ‘Middle Way’? Maybe you are curious about what it is, and what it might mean for our day to day lives. It’s a concept that might sound abstract and technical at first…. but this teaching is as applicable to our lives today as it was thousands of years ago when the Buddha was alive. 

    For our last event of 2023, the Bristol Young Buddhist team would love you to join us for an evening focussing on this idea more...

Tue, Dec 05
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm
    in person
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Sangha Night

    Sangha Sangha Night

    A perfect circle
    All encompassing
    without centre or circumference
    No I at the centre
    No point of self reference
    The whole mandala unfolds endlessly

    This will be our last evening dwelling in the centre of the Mandala with Vairocana, the Buddha of Illumination.  This evening will have a more contemplative and spacious flavour with final reflections on Vairocana’s qualities and symbols, by means of reflection, just sitting meditation and more...

Wed, Dec 06
  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    in person
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Intermediate Meditation Class

    Intermediate Meditation Sangha

    This term, up until the end of December, we will be exploring our third meditation of the year, Just Sitting or Simply Being.

    This mediation compliments the Mindfulness of Breathing and the Metta Bhavana but at the same time is its own standalone practice.

    Much of our lives are taken up with doing. How can we simply be with our experience?

    The simply being practice is about resting in the flow of immediate experience, simply what is here. It points towards more...

  • 2:45pm - 4:45pm
    in person
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Sangha Works - Timing update!

    Sangha Sangha Works

    For a one off we are holding Sangha Works at 2:45 – 4:45pm this week.

    The shape of Sangha (community) Works is a gentle group check in 10am-10:30am, followed by Sangha-building devotional acts-such as cleaning the loo’s, planting bulbs, sorting library books, making book displays and making shrines. A task to fit each persons energy and capacity.

    Stay on after for the lunchtime meditation class (1-2.30pm)  or just more...

  • 5:45pm - 7:00pm
    in person
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Meditation for Beginners

    Introductory Introductory Meditation

    Our beginners 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 instructions will be given including how to sit comfortably in a chair or on cushions on the floor. 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 emotional more...

Thu, Dec 07
  • 5:30pm - 6:30pm
    in person
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Mindful Yoga

    Bodywork Yoga

    5:30pm – 6:30pm – Thursdays

    Claire-Louise

    My name is Claire-Louise and I have been teaching Scaravelli inspired hatha yoga classes in Bristol since 2006. 

    I see yoga as more of an art form than a form of exercise. If we can engage our curiosity whilst moving with the breath, then yoga  is like experimenting with the melody, tone, volume and pitch of the body. 

    In this way our practice can become more like a meditative dance more...

Tue, Dec 12
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    in person
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Sangha Singers

    Sangha Singing

    Join us every other Tuesday from 6-7pm for a mantra and singing workshop.

    Experience the joy of singing with others as we learn songs, melodies and harmonies from within the Buddhist tradition and beyond, from all over the world.

    If there are mantras/songs you’ve sung previously and would like a chance to sing them again, you’re really welcome to share this with us!

    With Hannah, Stefan and Suzie

    No experience needed – open to all those in the sangha more...

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

    Sangha Night

    Sangha Sangha Night

    Our journey around the mandala of the 5 Buddhas will reach its end tonight.   At the start of the year we touched the earth with Akshobya, the Unshakeable.  Spring brought us into Ratnasambhava’s golden abundance, and in the summer we were bathed in Amithaba’s ruby, radiant love.   Amoghasiddhi met us with fearlessness as autumn unfolded.  And finally, as the winter nights drew in, Vairocana invited us to open and relax in the space of his all-encompassing wisdom and more...

Wed, Dec 13
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm
    in person
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Sangha Works

    Sangha Sangha Works

    The shape of Sangha (community) Works is a gentle group check in 10am-10:30am, followed by Sangha-building devotional acts-such as cleaning the loo’s, planting bulbs, sorting library books, making book displays and making shrines. A task to fit each persons energy and capacity.

    Stay on after for the lunchtime meditation class (1-2.30pm)  or just turn up to dip your toe into the Triratna sangha atmosphere!

    Join us 10am-midday every Wednesday.

    Please more...

  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    in person
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Intermediate Meditation Class

    Intermediate Meditation Sangha

    This term, up until the end of December, we will be exploring our third meditation of the year, Just Sitting or Simply Being.

    This mediation compliments the Mindfulness of Breathing and the Metta Bhavana but at the same time is its own standalone practice.

    Much of our lives are taken up with doing. How can we simply be with our experience?

    The simply being practice is about resting in the flow of immediate experience, simply what is here. It points towards more...

  • 5:45pm - 7:00pm
    in person
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Meditation for Beginners

    Introductory Introductory Meditation

    Our beginners 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 instructions will be given including how to sit comfortably in a chair or on cushions on the floor. 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 emotional more...

Thu, Dec 14
  • 5:30pm - 6:30pm
    in person
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Mindful Yoga

    Bodywork Yoga

    Last class before the winter break! Back on the 11th January.

    5:30pm – 6:30pm – Thursdays

    Claire-Louise

    My name is Claire-Louise and I have been teaching Scaravelli inspired hatha yoga classes in Bristol since 2006. 

    I see yoga as more of an art form than a form of exercise. If we can engage our curiosity whilst moving with the breath, then yoga  is like experimenting with the melody, tone, volume and pitch of the more...

Fri, Dec 15
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    in person
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Silent & Simple Meditation

    Friday Night Meditation Sangha

    For those who have completed an intro course at any time, are members of the Sangha (community) and are able to do 50 minute unled meditation sits.

    50 min sit, 20 min walking, 40 min sit unguided.

    Join Narajadhi and friends for a silent and simple evening of practice.

    Every third Friday of the month.

    Our Centre runs on generosity and the majority of our income is from donations. We don’t have fix rates for our classes so income isn’t more...

Sat, Dec 16
  • 10:00am - 1:00pm
    in person
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Make & Meditate

    Arts

    Come and weave a mandala. We’ll celebrate the end of the journey around the five buddha mandala together.

    Choose colours that resonate with you. Use it to rest your tea pot on, or your mug or even hang it on the wall!

    No experience needed. All materials will be provided. No need to book.

    With Alyson & team

    There is no set charge for our events, to allow everyone to access them. However we do rely on your donations to keep classes running more...

Tue, Dec 19
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm
    in person
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Out of the Box - at Sangha Night

    Sangha Sangha Night

    Some seasonal entertainment to round off our year

    Join us for a celebration of the winter solstice in words and music, as Sangha Night regulars offer their talents in a home-grown entertainment to round off another year.  As well as our very own Sangha Singers, there will be instrumental and vocal music from Thea and Nick, and Merry, while Ratnadhya will cast a light-hearted musical eye over the ‘festive’ elements of the season. And, as if that wasn’t enough of an more...

Tue, Dec 26
  • 11:00am - 1:30pm
    in person
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Practice Morning

    Sangha

    Come and practice together at the Buddhist Centre in the morning. We will do some simple body work, meditation and share a snack together. Please bring simple snacks to share.


    There will also be the opportunity to have a walk up at Ashton Court/Leigh Woods together. We will leave the Buddhist Centre for 1.30 for the walk and won’t be coming back to the centre so you will need to be able to make your own way there.


    Come just for the practice morning, the walk more...

Wed, Dec 27
  • 10:00am - 1:00pm
    in person
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    Full Moon Practice Morning

    Sangha

    Just like the followers of the Buddha who used to come together to practice at the time of the full moon, we’ll gather on the morning of the December full moon to meditate and practice puja together. A simple programme of mindfulness, metta and walking meditation, concluding with a puja. The historical Buddha, Shakyamuni, will be our focus for this practice morning.

    Suitable for anyone who’s done an Introductory Course with Triratna and is familiar with the mindfulness more...

Sun, Dec 31
  • 10:00am - 1:00pm
    in person
    This event has already happened.
    by donation

    New Year's Eve Practice Morning

    Sangha

    An opportunity to come together and practise at the turning of the year.  As well as practising meditation and puja together, we’ll take some time to reflect on the year that’s passed, noting any ethical regrets/confessions – and rejoicings – we might want to offer (in written form) in the puja.  We’ll also have time to consider (and offer) our aspirations and intentions for the year to come.  The archetypal, primordial Buddha more...

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