Dharma Night

Dharma Night

The evening takes place in two halves. In the first half, we explore one of two Buddhist meditations. After a short tea break, we will introduce another aspect of Buddhism with an opportunity for discussion.

Classes are free but your donations are greatly appreciated. Make an online donation here

Meditation

We teach two Buddhist meditation practices: Mindfulness of Breathing, for developing awareness, integration and clarity of mind; and Mettā Bhāvanā (“development of loving kindness”), which brings about a gentle but radical transformation of our emotional world. Each week we alternate between the two practices.

Talks

We introduce traditional teachings of the Buddha in a way that is accessible and practical to everyday life in the modern world. Usually the format is a talk, followed by breaking into smaller groups for discussion.

 

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Programme

THE FIVE SPIRITUAL FACULTIES — Full development of the Five Spiritual Faculties makes one an Arahant (one who has gained insight into the true nature of existence & has attained Nirvana)

Date
25 August Mettā Bhāvanā Practice Evening Mark
1 September Mindfulness of Breathing An introduction to Mindfulness: the four dimensions of Awareness Ratnaghosha
8 September Mettā Bhāvanā The Path of Mindfulness through the Ānāpānasati practice Kṣāntivajra
15 September Mindfulness of Breathing Padmasambhava Festival Āryasāra Kṣāntivajra Śraddhādāsa Upekṣhādhī Vanarājī Vandanacittā
22 September Mettā Bhāvanā The Way of Mindfulness. An Introduction to the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta Eric
29 September Mindfulness of Breathing The Four Foundations of Mindfulness: Awareness of the body and its movements Anudaya
6 October Mettā Bhāvanā The Four Foundations of Mindfulness: Awareness of feelings (vedanā). Aryasara
13 October Mindfulness of Breathing Dr Ambedkar Festival Tracy
20 October Mettā Bhāvanā The Four Foundations of Mindfulness: Awareness of thoughts or mind Kiraṇaśrī
27 October Mindfulness of Breathing Celebrating the life and death of Sangharakshita Āryasāra Kṣāntivajra Śraddhādāsa Upekṣhādhī Vanarājī Vandanacittā
3 November Mettā Bhāvanā The Four Foundations of Mindfulness: Awareness of mental objects or higher spiritual ideals Upekṣhādhī
10 November Mindfulness of Breathing The Art of Meditation Vidyadaka
17 November Mettā Bhāvanā Mantras as a mindfulness practice Lauren
24 November Mindfulness of Breathing Environments for developing the five spiritual faculties: Friendship Padmavajra
1 December Mettā Bhāvanā Environments for developing the five spiritual faculties: Communities Vimokshini
8 December Mindfulness of Breathing Environments for developing the five spiritual faculties: Centres Śraddhādāsa
15 December Mettā Bhāvanā Environments for developing the five spiritual faculties: Retreats Chandracitta
22 December Mindfulness of Breathing Environments for developing the five spiritual faculties: Team Based Right Livelihood. Nandaketu
29 December Mettā Bhāvanā End of year ritual dedicated to Vajrasattva, Vanarājī
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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be a Buddhist?

No, the class is suitable for everyone who wants to meditate or learn about Buddhism.

What should I wear?

There are no special requirements, just whatever is comfortable to sit in.

Do I need to book?

No - just turn up!

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.

Can I just come for the meditation?

Of course, though the meditation we teach is itself a Buddhist teaching.

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 £5-7, but this is not a fixed cost and everyone is equally welcome, even if you cannot give anything at all.

The Team

Āryasāra
Āryasāra
Kṣāntivajra
Kṣāntivajra
Śraddhādāsa
Śraddhādāsa
Upekṣhādhī
Upekṣhādhī
Vanarājī
Vanarājī
Vandanacittā
Vandanacittā