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Sangha Night - The Myth of Ordination 4
Oct
23
7:30 pm19:30

Sangha Night - The Myth of Ordination 4

At the end of August, we said goodbye to Mark Melbourne as he prepared for his 1-month ordination retreat at Guhyaloka in the Spanish mountains. He gave a moving talk about his journey to ordination and what it means to him and we ritually marked his leaving in a puja.

This evening, we welcome him back to Nottingham as Jyotida - ‘the giver of light’.

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

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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 Day - Communication - Heart of the Sangha
Nov
10
11:30 am11:30

Sangha Day - Communication - Heart of the Sangha

Our Sangha festival this year will be a celebration of Sangha as a community of practice.

Programme for the day (come for all or some of the events) -

11.30 Singing with Karunavaca (no experience needed)

1.00 Vegan lunch - bring food to share

2.00 Talk by Ratnaghosha (President of the Nottingham Buddhist Centre) - ‘The Three C’s of Spiritual Community - Congregating, Creating and Cooperating’

3.00 Groups to explore the material in the talk

4.15 Tea Break

4.45 Mudita (sympathetic joy) Bhavana meditation practice

5.15 Puja celebrating Sangha with Mitra ceremonies and Mitra reaffirmations

6.45 Vegan meal and cake provided by the Centre

7.30 Finish

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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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Puja Night
Oct
18
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 Nature of the Mind 5
Oct
16
7:30 pm19:30

Sangha Night - The Nature of the Mind 5

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.

In the first night exploring this theme, 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

This week is rearranged from earlier in the autumn.

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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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Sangha Night - A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency
Oct
2
7:30 pm19:30

Sangha Night - A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency

There are many different responses that people have to the Climate Emergency - active denial and obfuscation; a hope that if I ignore it, it will go away; wishing to just carry on with my life as though it won’t affect me; anger and grief; a desire to do what we can to avert the worst consequences of the Emergency.

But whatever our response, there is mounting evidence from many sources that humanity, and indeed all life on Earth, is facing the most serious crisis we have ever faced. The potential consequences are dire to say the least - food shortages, rising sea levels, extreme weather events, mass migration, social breakdown, conflicts and war over reduced resources, even civilisational breakdown and mass extinction.

The Dharma teaches us that we must face up to reality, not turn away from it or ignore it, as that only leads to further suffering. It also provides us with many resources and tools to help us face up to that reality - meditation, clear ethical guidelines, Sangha and the creation of positive community, wisdom teachings, contentment and happiness coming from within rather than through consumption etc. Most importantly, it provides a vision of human life dedicated, through wisdom and compassion, to the welfare of all beings - what is called the Bodhisattva Ideal in Buddhist tradition.

Whilst there are things we can do as individuals - e.g. stop flying, move towards a vegan diet, reduce plastic consumption etc. - there is a limit to what can be achieved through such action and the timescales to bring about the political and social change necessary for wide scale adaptation are not long. Hence collective action seems the only viable way forward. 

So many of us at the Centre feel we can no longer stand by and let this Climate Emergency turn into a Climate Catastrophe and are choosing more active ways to engage with these issues.

Come along and find out how to do this.

Led by Saccanama

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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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Sangha Night - The Nature of the Mind 3
Sep
25
7:30 pm19:30

Sangha Night - The Nature of the Mind 3

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.

Of fear, anxiety and other demons

The Buddha talked of fear as a thorn lodged deep in the heart, that makes us run in all directions. By trying to alleviate our insecurity and confusion we can often create trouble for ourselves and others. Following our exploration of the Nature of the Mind, we'll be looking at feeling as a crucial aspect of human experience and how it shapes the way we perceive the world around us and ultimately our relationship with Reality.

Led by Aryavacin

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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 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 for the evening.

On this gathering, we want to create a celebratory and joyful atmosphere amongst us and have asked Bodhinaya, Paul and Claire to talk on the theme of ‘What I appreciate about the Nottingham Buddhist Centre’. Then there will be groups where we can all reflect on what we have gained from, and appreciate about, 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 the talks and groups.

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

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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 - 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 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 21 Jul

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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