Saṅgha Day

Sunday 12th November 10:30am - 5:15pm. Led by Amalaketu.

Saṅgha Day is one of our five main festival days (along with Buddha Day, Dharma Day, Parinirvana Day and Padmasambhava Day) and is celebrated by Buddhists all over the world. It celebrates the Saṅgha (the community of the Buddha's disciples), one of the Three Jewels.

The day will include meditation, talks from three mitras, discussion, a group lunch, pūjā with mitra reaffirmations.

Mitras are people who have made a formal commitment to their Buddhist practice. On Saṅgha Day each year, those who have become mitras have the opportunity to reaffirm that commitment with a simple ritual in the pūjā.

Programme

Time Activity
10:30am Introduction
11:00am Mettā Bhāvanā
12:00pm Tea break
12:15pm Talks on Saṅgha — Talks given by Caroline, Kendal and Michelle
1:15pm Lunch*
2:30pm Dharma discussions
3:30pm Tea and cake
4:00pm Pūjā with mitra reaffirmations
5:15pm Clear up and depart

* All of our day events run a “bring and share” style lunch, so please bring food to share. All food brought into the centre must be vegetarian, but as many of those attending will be vegan, we suggest vegan only food.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I need to have been coming?

Everyone is welcome, but the day will be especially suitable for those know the stages to the two meditations taught at the centre.

I'm not a very good cook - what food can I bring?

We can never have enough of the basics: things like salad, bread, hummus, crisps and fruit always go down well.

Do I need to book?

No - just turn up!

I can't make the whole day - can I come for just some of it?

Of course! Many people who come for half the day will come just for the morning, leaving at lunch time, or the other way around. But you're welcome to come for whatever parts of the day you can make - just try to turn up at one of the times on the programme so we're not in the middle of an activity.

What is pūjā?

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

It is probable that there will be several people who have never done pūjā before so we will be sure to give an introduction.

How much does the day cost?

All of our events are run on a donation basis. There is no set charge, we just ask you to give what you can to support the event.

Where to Find Us

We're just off St. Botolph's Roundabout, across from the Colchester Town Station, just to the left of Mersea Road. Parking is available in Britannia Car Park (behind the station) for £1 or Napier Road Car Park (first right off Mersea Road) for £2.50.

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