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Triratna International Gathering 2019: Alchemy of the Dharma at Adhisthana
Aug
22
to Aug 26

Triratna International Gathering 2019: Alchemy of the Dharma at Adhisthana

Many of us from Nottingham will be going to the -

Triratna International Gathering 2019: Alchemy of the Dharma

Adhisthana, 22-26 August 2019

Alchemy is the magical art of turning base materials into gold, a potent metaphor for what we are trying to do in our Dharma lives. How do we transform the ‘base material’ of ourselves, our spiritual community, and the wider society into ‘gold’, into ‘personal’ riches, shared riches and the sustaining riches of loving wisdom?

This biennial event at Adhisthana, UK, brings together large numbers of the Triratna Buddhist Community from around Europe for a feast of inspiration, stimulation and fun - all are welcome, including children.

Booking is now open: https://adhisthana.org/retreat/?ev=339

More details will be posted here as things firm up but there will certainly be:

  • excellent Dharma talks exploring the theme

  • music, artistic endeavours, philosophical explorations

  • study, discussion, hanging out, meditation, puja 

  • Buddhafield’s structures for a variety of events

  • weather! hopefully pleasant as a mostly camping event, but every day is a fine day!

To give you more of an impression, here is a link to a video from the International Gathering 2014: https://vimeo.com/111102046

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Sangha Night - The Nature of the Mind 1
Sep
4
7:30 PM19:30

Sangha Night - The Nature of the Mind 1

Throughout the autumn, we will be exploring a range of Buddhist teachings looking at the nature of our minds and different ways of working with our mental states.

Tonight, we will start by looking at an important teaching of the Buddha on papanca or mental proliferation contained in the Honeyball Sutta (see here for a translation). The Buddha shows how we move away from our primary experience into a secondary reality of proliferated thoughts and ideas and how these distorted interpretations of reality can lead to interpersonal and social conflict.

Led by Saccanama

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Sangha Night - The Nature of the Mind 2
Sep
11
7:30 PM19:30

Sangha Night - The Nature of the Mind 2

Throughout the autumn, we will be exploring a range of Buddhist teachings looking at the nature of our minds and different ways of working with our mental states.

Last week, we looked at an important teaching of the Buddha on papanca or mental proliferation contained in the Honeyball Sutta (see here for a translation). In that, the Buddha shows how we move away from our primary experience into a secondary reality of proliferated thoughts and ideas and how these distorted interpretations of reality can lead to interpersonal and social conflict.

This week, we will look at ways we can work with this tendency to mental proliferation and bring ourselves back to our primary reality.

Led by Saccanama

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Sangha Night - A Special Gathering of the Sangha
Sep
18
7:30 PM19:30

Sangha Night - A Special Gathering of the Sangha

Twice a year, we have a Special Gathering of the Sangha - a chance for the whole Sangha to come together, hear about how the Centre is doing, how it runs, and how you might get more involved with the spiritual community around the Centre.

We will start early (at 6.15 p.m.) with what used to affectionately be known as ‘spud night’ - i.e. the Centre will provide baked potatoes for all and everybody else brings other vegan food to share.

Then at 7.30 p.m. there will be meditation and then some presentations about the Centre and some rejoicings. Also information about upcoming events and plans as well as suggestions about ways you can get more involved with the Centre.

Then there will be cake and Saccanama will be making his famous soya chai for everyone!

We would like as many people as possible to come for this important event.

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Puja Night
Sep
20
7:15 PM19:15

Puja Night

Puja, or Buddhist devotional practice, can be a transformative experience as it helps to connect us with our shared ideal as Buddhists practicing together. Set up your weekend with some devotional practice, meditation and just sitting. 

Led by Bodhinaya

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Sangha Weekend Retreat - Padmasambhava and Transforming our Demons
Sep
28
10:00 AM10:00

Sangha Weekend Retreat - Padmasambhava and Transforming our Demons

Padmasambhava is one of the great mythical/historical figures in the Buddhist tradition and is famous for transforming the demons of Tibet so that they supported the practice of the Dharma in that country.

Parami will lead a weekend exploring the figure of Padmasambhava and particularly his role in transforming our demons, both inner and outer.

This retreat will be held at the Nottingham Buddhist Centre on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September - please attend for both days.

Arrive from 10.00 a.m. both days for a 10.15 start. Finish will be at approximately 5.00 each day.

Please bring vegan food to share for lunch.

Suggested donation of £50 but please come and give what you can.

To reserve a place on this event click here. Whilst we don’t ask for a donation to reserve your place, we do ask that you take your booking seriously and plan to come for the whole weekend.

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Padmasambhava Festival
Oct
7
7:00 PM19:00

Padmasambhava Festival

Monday 7th October is Padmasambhava Day - a special day to invoke and dwell upon the famous figure associated with transforming our demons, both inner and outer. Padmasambhava is a figure rich in symbolism and mythology and tonight, Aryavacin and Khemasiri will lead a meditation and puja to invoke the support of Padmasambhava in our Dharma practice.

Please arrive from 7.00 p.m.

All welcome.

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Puja Night
Oct
11
7:15 PM19:15

Puja Night

Puja, or Buddhist devotional practice, can be a transformative experience as it helps to connect us with our shared ideal as Buddhists practicing together. Set up your weekend with some devotional practice, meditation and just sitting. 

Led by Bodhinaya

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Puja Night
Nov
8
7:15 PM19:15

Puja Night

Puja, or Buddhist devotional practice, can be a transformative experience as it helps to connect us with our shared ideal as Buddhists practicing together. Set up your weekend with some devotional practice, meditation and just sitting. 

Led by Bodhinaya

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Sangha Weekend Retreat - Towards Insight
Nov
30
10:00 AM10:00

Sangha Weekend Retreat - Towards Insight

The Anapanasati Sutta (Mindfulness of Breathing) is the Buddha’s simplest set of instructions on how we can move systematically through the whole of our experience, sharpening our awareness as we go, until we reach full and complete enlightenment. 

On this weekend we’ll explore the Sutta through input, guided practice, enquiry into what we are noticing in our direct experience, and devotion. We’ll see how the instructions, applied to our own unique conditioning, provides a rich backdrop to understanding and truly knowing ourselves, others and reality more fully.

Led by Singhashri.

This retreat will be held at the Nottingham Buddhist Centre on Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December - please attend for both days.

Arrive from 10.00 a.m. both days for a 10.30 start. Finish will be at 4.30 each day.

Please bring vegan food to share for lunch.

Suggested donation of £50 but please come and give what you can.

To reserve a place on this event click here. Whilst we don’t ask for a donation to reserve your place, we do ask that you take your booking seriously and plan to come for the whole weekend.

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Puja Night
Dec
13
7:15 PM19:15

Puja Night

Puja, or Buddhist devotional practice, can be a transformative experience as it helps to connect us with our shared ideal as Buddhists practicing together. Set up your weekend with some devotional practice, meditation and just sitting. 

Led by Bodhinaya

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Sangha Night - The Sangha at Work
Aug
21
7:30 PM19:30

Sangha Night - The Sangha at Work

Come and join us in this yearly tradition of transforming our regular practice together into practical ways of looking after the beloved Nottingham Buddhist Centre: from deep cleaning to redecoration jobs, all in the spirit of working with others and building Sangha.

Meditation and ritual are included! Led by Aryavacin.

Please wear suitable clothes.

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Sangha Night - The Sangha at Work
Aug
14
7:30 PM19:30

Sangha Night - The Sangha at Work

Come and join us in this yearly tradition of transforming our regular practice together into practical ways of looking after the beloved Nottingham Buddhist Centre: from deep cleaning to redecoration jobs, all in the spirit of working with others and building Sangha.

Meditation and ritual are included! Led by Aryavacin.

Please wear suitable clothes.

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Puja Night
Aug
9
7:15 PM19:15

Puja Night

Puja, or Buddhist devotional practice, can be a transformative experience as it helps to connect us with our shared ideal as Buddhists practicing together. Set up your weekend with some devotional practice, meditation and just sitting. 

Led by Bodhinaya

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Sangha Night - The Myth of Ordination 2
Jul
31
7:30 PM19:30

Sangha Night - The Myth of Ordination 2

Back in April, we said goodbye to Siobhan Ford as she prepared for her 3-month ordination retreat at Akashavana in the Spanish mountains. She gave a very moving talk from her about her journey to ordination and we ritually marked her leaving in a puja.

This evening, we welcome her back to Nottingham as Padmasakhi - ‘the Lotus Friend’.

Khemasiri will be leading an evening of ritual and celebration as we welcome Padmasakhi back to the Nottingham Buddhist Centre.

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Sangha Night - A Worldwide Sangha - Nottingham and Venezuela
Jul
24
7:30 PM19:30

Sangha Night - A Worldwide Sangha - Nottingham and Venezuela

Triratna is not just an English Buddhist movement but has centres in all 6 continents of the world. Here in Nottingham, largely due to Aryavacin’s presence, we have a strong connection with our brothers and sisters in the Dharma in Venezuela.

And to celebrate the second anniversary of our twinning with the Mérida Buddhist Centre in Venezuela, Yashodeva will be sharing his experience of visiting there earlier this year. He spent 4 weeks practising and living with the Sangha in Merida amidst the challenges that the socio-economic and political crisis going on in the country impose upon them.

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Sangha Night - Dharma Day Talk 2 - The Mysterious Teaching of No Fixed Self
Jul
17
7:30 PM19:30

Sangha Night - Dharma Day Talk 2 - The Mysterious Teaching of No Fixed Self

As part of our Dharma Day celebrations, we will have two talks exploring the fundamental teachings of the Dharma.

Tonight, Saccanama will explore what is purportedly the second teaching of the Buddha after his Enlightenment - the teaching on no fixed self from the Anatta Lakkhana Sutta.

Having brought his five ascetic friends to the point of stream entry (irreversible spiritual progress) by teaching them the Middle Way and the Four Noble Truths, the Buddha now reveals to them his Insight into anatta or no fixed self, whereby they all attain to Nibbana.

But what is this mysterious teaching of no fixed self? And how is it relevant to us?

You can read a translation of the original Sutta here.

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Buddhafield Festival
Jul
17
to Jul 21

Buddhafield Festival

Buddhafield Festival is a joyful gathering of around 4,000 people, celebrating community and connection with the land. Song, dance, arts and crafts, yoga, live music, meditation, and play blend together without drink or drugs to create a loving and life-affirming space. There will be Buddhist teaching, workshops and ritual, under sun and stars. The Festival is family-friendly and open to everyone, however you practice.

Lots of us from the Nottingham Sangha will be going and camping together. Please let us know if you want to be part of this.

https://www.buddhafield.com/buddhafield-festival-2019

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Puja Night
Jul
12
7:15 PM19:15

Puja Night

Puja, or Buddhist devotional practice, can be a transformative experience as it helps to connect us with our shared ideal as Buddhists practicing together. Set up your weekend with some devotional practice, meditation and just sitting. 

Led by Bodhinaya

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Sangha Night - Dharma Day Talk 1 - The Middle Way and the Four Noble Truths
Jul
10
7:30 PM19:30

Sangha Night - Dharma Day Talk 1 - The Middle Way and the Four Noble Truths

As part of our Dharma Day celebrations, we will have two talks exploring the fundamental teachings of the Dharma.

Tonight, Saccanama will explore what is purportedly the very first teaching of the Buddha after his Enlightenment - what is usually called the ‘First Turning of the Wheel of the Dharma’ (in the Dhammaccakapavatana Sutta).

Communicating with his five former ascetic friends and followers, the Buddha, fresh from his Awakening experience, tells them of the Middle Way between sensual indulgence and ascetic self-denial and goes on to teach them the Four Noble Truths.

We will look at the relevance of these teachings to us in our very different circumstances from the Buddha. There will also be the opportunity for questions and discussion at the end.

You can read a translation of the original Sutta here.

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Jun
30
10:00 AM10:00

Sangha Weekend Retreat - Towards Insight - CANCELLED

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this weekend has now been cancelled. We are hoping to rearrange it for a date in the autumn and will publicise that as soon as we can.

The Anapanasati Sutta (Mindfulness of Breathing) is the Buddha’s simplest set of instructions on how we can move systematically through the whole of our experience, sharpening our awareness as we go, until we reach full and complete enlightenment. 

On this weekend we’ll explore the Sutta through input, guided practice, enquiry into what we are noticing in our direct experience, and devotion. We’ll see how the instructions, applied to our own unique conditioning, provides a rich backdrop to understanding and truly knowing ourselves, others and reality more fully.

Led by Singhashri.

This retreat will be held at the Nottingham Buddhist Centre on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30th June - please attend for both days.

Arrive from 10.00 a.m. both days for a 10.30 start. Finsh will be at 4.30 each day.

Please bring vegan food to share for lunch.

Suggested donation of £50 but please come and give what you can.

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Sangha Night - Sangha and Spiritual Friendship 3 - The Need for a Spiritual Friend
Jun
26
7:30 PM19:30

Sangha Night - Sangha and Spiritual Friendship 3 - The Need for a Spiritual Friend

The third of a series of evenings exploring how we can deepen our practice of creating and contributing to Sangha.

Amitasuri writes -
’Sangharakshita maintains that in practising Buddhism we need other people to learn from. Buddhism, he argues, is best ‘caught’ not taught. He believes that our relationships with teachers and fellow practitioners must be characterised by honesty and clear communication. He also stresses the value of friendships with peers, in particular having at least one friend (not a lover) with whom we can be intimate and completely open.

This evening I will explore with our Sangha to what extent we believe we need “at least one friend with whom we can be completely open”, or indeed spiritual friendship at all, to practice the Spiritual Life.

And what do we need to do, practically, to have, or to be, a Spiritual friend?’

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Sangha Night - Sangha and Spiritual Friendship 2 - The 4 Samgrahavastus
Jun
19
7:30 PM19:30

Sangha Night - Sangha and Spiritual Friendship 2 - The 4 Samgrahavastus

The second of a series of evenings exploring how we can deepen our practice of creating and contributing to Sangha

The Samgrahavastus, the four means of unification of the Sangha, outline those qualities that each of us within the Sangha can practice and develop, to strengthen our individual friendships and unify the Sangha or Spiritual community as a whole.

This evening we will explore the third and fourth Samgrahavastus, Arthacarya (beneficial activity) and Samanarthata (Exemplification or treating others as you treat yourself).

Led by Kusaladevi 

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Puja Night
Jun
14
7:15 PM19:15

Puja Night

Puja, or Buddhist devotional practice, can be a transformative experience as it helps to connect us with our shared ideal as Buddhists practicing together. Set up your weekend with some devotional practice, meditation and just sitting. 

Led by Bodhinaya

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Sangha Night - Sangha and Spiritual Friendship 1 - The 4 Samgrahavastus
Jun
12
7:30 PM19:30

Sangha Night - Sangha and Spiritual Friendship 1 - The 4 Samgrahavastus

The first of a series of evenings exploring how we can deepen our practice of creating and contributing to Sangha

The Samgrahavastus, the four means of unification of the Sangha, outline those qualities that each of us within the Sangha can practice and develop, to strengthen our individual friendships and unify the Sangha or Spiritual community as a whole.

This evening we will explore the first two, Dana (giving) and Priyavadita (affectionate speech).

Led by Kusaladevi 

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Jun
5
7:30 PM19:30

Sangha Night - Meditation 5 - Working with Insight

The fifth of a series of evenings exploring meditation and how we can deepen and strengthen our practice.

What do we react to in others? And what does it tell us about ourselves? What happens when our ‘buttons get pressed’? How can we learn from these experiences and overcome our reactivity?

Tonight, Saccanama will introduce ‘Reaction Practice’, a very direct and practical way to work with our underlying tendencies of reactivity towards others.

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I'll Meet You There - Exploring Empathy
Jun
2
10:00 AM10:00

I'll Meet You There - Exploring Empathy

A day on empathy, the theme of Shantigarbha's recent book, I'll Meet You There: a practical guide to empathy, mindfulness and communication published by Windhorse PublicationsRead the first chapter and order the paperback and e-book here.

Shantigarbha shows how we connect with each other in the space that opens up when we let go of our ideas of good and bad, right and wrong. To empathize with others, we need to learn how to empathize with ourselves, so that when we reach out, we do so from the inside out. Empathy is the missing piece in developing compassion. Empathy personalises compassion and gives it traction in the world. 

 - guided empathy reflections from Shantigarbha's book 
 - empathy stories from the life of the Buddha 
 - practical exercises to help you develop your listening skills. 

Open to all 'levels'.

Shantigarbha is a certified Nonviolent Communication trainer and a senior Order member. For more about his work, visit:www.SeedofPeace.org

We suggest a donation of £25 for the day. Please bring vegan food to share for lunch.

To book for this event, click here.

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Sangha Night - Meditation 3 - What happens when you meditate?
May
22
7:30 PM19:30

Sangha Night - Meditation 3 - What happens when you meditate?

The third of a series of evenings exploring meditation and how we can deepen and strengthen our practice.

Tonight, Rachel Woodburn, Gary Bennett and Richard Penrose will reflect on what they have learnt through their meditation practice over the last few years.

There will be a meditation, 3 short talks and small groups to reflect on your own practice.

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Buddha Day Festival
May
18
10:00 AM10:00

Buddha Day Festival

Buddha Day is our annual celebration of the Buddha’s Enlightenment which traditionally took place on the full moon night of Wesak, corresponding to the month of May in the UK.

It is the the most important date in the Buddhist year and we will be celebrating it with a day of meditation, devotion, talks etc at the Buddhist Centre, followed by camping up at Bestwood Country park.

Programme for the day -

10.00 a.m. Arrive

10.15 Meditation, reading and chanting.

11.30 3 short talks on the Buddha’s Enlightenment by Karunavaca, Mark Melbourne and Punyaruci

12.15 Discussion groups on the Buddha’s Enlightenment.

1.00 Lunch - please bring vegan food to share.

2.00 Voice and mantra chanting workshop

2.30 Puja with the Mitra ceremony for Zac Pomphrey, finishing at approximately 4.00 p.m.

For those who wish to join us, we will then be camping that evening up at Bestwood Park with food, a bonfire, an evening ritual and an early morning dawn chorus walk.

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Sangha Night - Meditation 2 - Mindfulness
May
15
7:30 PM19:30

Sangha Night - Meditation 2 - Mindfulness

The second of a series of evenings exploring meditation and how we can deepen and strengthen our practice.

Tonight, Saccanama will lead an evening exploring mindfulness in a practical way. There will be siting meditation, walking meditation and a silent tea break.

‘Mindfulness is the Way to the Immortal,

unmindfulness the way to death.

Those who are mindful do not die,

(whereas) the unmindful are like the dead.’

Dhammapada Verse 21

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May
12
10:00 AM10:00

The Path of a Mitra

This month, on Sunday 12th, we'll be exploring The Path of the Mitra, or how to take your practice further within the context of Triratna. We will focus on Why, What and How to become a mitra

Why would one want to become a Mitra or choose to practice within such a context? What is the point?

Two members of our Sangha, Paul Johnson and Pippa Armstrong, will be sharing their experiences as Mitras, an opportunity to hear their personal journeys, why they decided to take that step and how they practice.

There will be meditation and time for exploration and questions. You don't have to want to definitely become a Mitra to come to this event, just bring your curiosity. 

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Puja Night
May
10
7:15 PM19:15

Puja Night

Puja, or Buddhist devotional practice, can be a transformative experience as it helps to connect us with our shared ideal as Buddhists practicing together. Set up your weekend with some devotional practice, meditation and just sitting. 

Led by Bodhinaya

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Sangha Night - Meditation 1 - The Mettabhavana
May
8
7:30 PM19:30

Sangha Night - Meditation 1 - The Mettabhavana

The first of a series of evenings exploring meditation and how we can deepen and strengthen our practice.

Tonight, Kusaladevi will lead an evening exploring the Mettabhavana practice. There will be two meditations, some input on the practice and some discussion.

‘Even as a mother protects with her life

Her child, her only child,

So with a boundless heart

Should one cherish all living beings;

Radiating kindness over the entire world.’

The Buddha in the Metta Sutta

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Sangha Night - The Environmental Crisis
May
1
7:30 PM19:30

Sangha Night - The Environmental Crisis

In the light of recent protests in London and elsewhere and the subsequent increased awareness and publicity of the environmental crisis, we will devote an evening to exploring how we, as Buddhists, might feel about and respond to the situation.

If you are at all concerned about what is happening with our environment, do come along and participate.

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Teachings from the Sky-Like Yogi Milarepa - Sangha Weekend Retreat at Castleton
Apr
19
to Apr 22

Teachings from the Sky-Like Yogi Milarepa - Sangha Weekend Retreat at Castleton

This is our annual residential retreat at Castleton in the Peak District. We will be joined by people from the Leicester Sangha and the retreat will be led by Khemasiri, Alobhin, Aryavacin and Saccanama.

We will be exploring the teachings of the great Tibetan Yogi Milarepa. Aryavacin writes - 

‘Milarepa lived in eleventh century Tibet, and after a dark, unskillful youth, went on to live a radical Dharma life as a hermit in the Tibetan mountains, following an inspirational path of meditation and solitude dedicated to Enlightenment. Join us on this long weekend retreat, at the heart of the Peak District, dwelling in the wisdom from some of Milarepa's songs, enjoying his distinctive style of teaching and some humorous episodes from his life.’

Cost £120 which includes 3 nights accommodation and all meals etc. If this is too much for you, please contact us to talk about a concession and we will do what we can to accommodate you.

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Sangha Night - Milarepa 3
Apr
17
7:30 PM19:30

Sangha Night - Milarepa 3

As part of a series of 3 evenings in the run-up to our residential Sangha Retreat at Castleton over the Easter weekend, we will be exploring one of the great figures of the Buddhist tradition - the Tibetan Yogi and singer of songs, Milarepa.

Tonight, Khemasiri will lead an evening on exploring and deepening our meditation practice, drawing inspiration from Milarepa and the Triratna tradition. 

She writes - ‘The practice of meditation played a significant role in Milarepa’s life and in his progress on the spiritual path. He was a highly advanced and dedicated meditator. 

Some of us see ourselves as natural meditators, some of us don’t see ourselves as such. What does having a dedicated meditation practise mean? What part does meditation play in our life and practice? Is meditation important for Insight?’

This Sangha night we’ll explore some of these questions.

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