Saṅgha Night

Every Thursday, 7:00pm - 9:30pm.

The evening is usually structured in two halves. In the first half there is a meditation practice, and after a short tea break, we will explore another aspect of Buddhism either with a talk and discussion, or other practices including pūjā.

From time to time, special events such as mitra ceremonies will be held on Saṅgha Night.

Programme

Meeting the Buddha — Led by Dhammakumāra

In this short series we will be exploring our relationship with the Buddha with led Buddhānusmṛti meditations, hearing the life story of the Buddha, and weekly pūjā.

Date Subject
8th February Part One: Birth
15th February Part Two: Enlightenment
22nd February Part Three: Parinirvāṇa
1st March Great Full Moon Pūjā
Special Event
8th March: Mitra Ceremonies

On this special Saṅgha Night, Rich Chilver, Laura Larkin, Lauren Tavner, and Colin Tofts will become mitras, publicly declaring that they consider themselves to be Buddhists within the Triratna Buddhist Community. This is a significant occasion both for the new mitras and the whole saṅgha. There will be an opportunity for rejoicing in merits followed by the mitra ceremonies.

Special Event
15th March: Sue's Pre-Ordination Celebration

Before Sue leaves for her 3 month Ordination course at Akashavana, we will be holding a special Pūjā on Saṅgha Night. Ordination represents a lifelong commitment and is the most significant step a member of the saṅgha will make in their life. There will be an opportunity for rejoicing in merits and celebration before Sue leaves on this important journey.

Pilgrimage Sites — Led by Amalaketu
Date Subject
22nd March Lumbini: The Birth of the Buddha to be
29th March Bodh Gaya: The Buddha's Enlightenment
5th April Sarnath: The First Turning of the Wheel of the Dharma
12th April Kushinagar: The Buddha's Parinirvāṇa

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it okay to join in the middle of the series?

Absolutely. Though of course you'll get those most out of the class by attending the whole series, there's no need to wait until the start of the next series if you want to start coming.

What is pūjā?

A pūjā is a traditional Buddhist ritual that includes chanting and making offerings.

If coming on a pūjā night and you have not done it before, please let the class leader know so they can give an introduction.

How long do I need to have been coming?

The class is best suited for those who have attended an entire series (or most of a series) on Newcomers Night or have completed an Introductory Course.

I can't make it to any of the introductory classes, can I come to this class instead?

Since the meditation practice is usually without instruction, and the topics covered are quite in depth, this class is not well suited for newcomers.

How much does the class cost?

We don't charge for our classes, and the team are not paid for their time. We simply ask that those who are able to do so make a donation to the centre to help us cover our running costs.

The suggested amount, based on how many people come and how much it costs to run the centre, is £7, but this is not a fixed cost and everyone is equally welcome, even if you cannot give anything at all.

We can take donations by card or cash.

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