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Parinirvana Festival Practice Morning
Feb
17
10:00 AM10:00

Parinirvana Festival Practice Morning

One of the major Buddhist festivals, Parinirvana Day marks the final passing away of the Buddha. It is a time to reflect on the nature of the Buddha and also on our own impermanence and mortality.

This will be a morning of meditation, recitation of the Mahaparinibbana Sutta and puja.

If you wish to place photos of those you know who have died on the shrine, you are very welcome to do so. There will also be an opportunity to remember them during the puja.

Led by Satyamegha and Saccanama

A Dana event

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Feb
20
7:30 PM19:30

Sangha Night - The Buddha Goes to his Death - Parinirvana Talk Four

During this talk, we will look at what kind of a person the Buddha actually was. Does he feel for others? How does he respond to the beautiful courtesan Ambapali? Does he appreciate beauty? What were his friendships like? How does he face his own death?

You can listen to previous talks in the series and download a copy of the Mahaparinibbana Sutta from our Resources Page

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Feb
27
7:30 PM19:30

Sangha Night - Parinirvana Theme - 'Spiritual Death'

Continuing our theme of exploring the Buddha’s Parinirvana, Manjuvajra will explore the theme of ‘spiritual death’, part of the Triratna system of spiritual practice.

What exactly is it? How and why might we want to practice it?

Manjuvajra was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 1974 and currently spends half of each year meditating in the Spanish mountains and the other half touring around the UK visiting Buddhist Centres and living on his narrow boat.

Come along and find out.

You can listen to previous talks in the series and download a copy of the Mahaparinibbana Sutta from our Resources Page

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Milarepa Day Retreat with Manjuvajra
Mar
2
10:00 AM10:00

Milarepa Day Retreat with Manjuvajra

Milarepa was a Tibetan poet who lived in the wild mountains and devoted his life to meditation. Many people are inspired by this ideal - but is it relevant for us?

Milarepa taught various practices that were relevant to many people following different lifestyles - to lay people, monastics and other yogis - while at the same time encouraging them to follow a higher inspiration.

We will reflect on a series of songs that he sang to these different types of people, looking to see what we can learn from him in our own lives.

Manjuvajra was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 1974 and currently spends half of each year meditating in the Spanish mountains and the other half touring around the UK visiting Buddhist Centres and living on his narrow boat.

Suitable for anyone who has completed one of our Introduction to Buddhism and Meditation courses.

Please bring vegan food to share for lunch.

Suggested donation of £25 but please come and donate what you can.

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Mar
6
7:30 PM19:30

Sangha Night - The Buddha Goes to his Death - Parinirvana Talk Five

In this final talk of the series, we will explore the cosmic significance of the Buddha. What really happens to someone who is Enlightened when they die? What is the significance of the earthquakes? Of the flowers raining down on the Buddha’s body? Of Mara’s continual presence throughout the Buddha’s life? Of the saints’ equanimity as he passes away?

You can listen to previous talks in the series and download a copy of the Mahaparinibbana Sutta from our Resources Page

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Puja Night
Mar
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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Mar
13
7:30 PM19:30

Sangha Night - How to Really Change the World

This evening is inspired by Sangharakshita's 1976 talk 'Evolution or Extinction: a Buddhist Response to World Problems'. After a gratitude-bhavana we’ll explore suffering in the modern world, and how best to cure it. We’ll explore the case for the evolution of not just individual but collective consciousness, and effective sangha’s crucial role in that. There’ll be stories of people around the Triratna world whose lives have been transformed by the Dharma, and invite to you to contribute to FutureDharma Fund so as to reach even more.

Led by Amalavajra, a former investment banker, and Jai, a former bankrupt and rough sleeper, who both live and work at Adhisthana.

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Dancing the Unknown - Moving Body, Heart and Mind
Mar
30
to Mar 31

Dancing the Unknown - Moving Body, Heart and Mind

How can we find stillness?

In the middle of our lives, where so often we feel pulled about by inner and outer events … where demands seem to come from all sides continuously … where feelings, impressions, ideas, even ideals keep us charged and running … Where is stillness to be found?

Is it just essential to pull down the shutters at times, totally withdraw, keep everything out - or are there other possibilities? Are movement and stillness opposites? 

In this workshop we will have phases of movement, and phases of meditation, following on from one another. Easy physical improvisational exercises will help us to become more present and mindful, and at the same time open us up to more light and joy. This will then enrich our attention within and outside of meditation to be saturated with deeper interest and the spirit of discovery. 

The workshop is called ‘Dancing the Unknown’ because we discover that every movement we make leads us to somewhere we do not know!

Jayachitta has been interested in the intrinsic connection between joy, freedom and meditation for many years - on and off the cushion. She particularly enjoys deepening this research with other meditators, and keeps on learning and discovering more aspects of this work.

This workshop is open to all, whether you have previous experience in meditation, or dance, or improvisation or not. It invites all levels of ability.

This is a two-day workshop Saturday and Sunday 30/31st March 10.30 - 4.30 both days.

Suggested Donation £65

Please bring vegetarian/vegan food to share for lunch.


For more details, have a look at Jayachitta’s website http://dancingtheunknown.wixsite.com/improvisation 

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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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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.

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

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Feb
13
7:30 PM19:30

Sangha Night - Parinirvana Theme - 'The last stages of life'

As part of our exploration of the Buddha’s Parinirvana, where he goes to his death, we will be interviewing Satyamegha, a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order who works as a chaplain in a hospice in Chesterfield.

What does her work involve and what exactly goes on in a hospice? How can we support people in the last stages of their life? How can Buddhist practice help us to be with people who are moving towards their death? And what lessons might we learn for our own life?

Come along and find out.

You can listen to previous talks on the Parinirvana theme and download a copy of the Mahaparinibbana Sutta from our Resources Page

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Puja Night
Feb
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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Feb
6
7:30 PM19:30

Sangha Night - Parinirvana Theme 'Death Cafe'

As part of our exploration of the Buddha’s Parinirvana, where he goes to his death, Amitasuri will lead what has become known as a ‘Death Cafe’ - an opportunity for people to talk about their own thoughts and feelings about death and dying with a view to leading a better life.

Cake will be provided!

You can listen to previous talks on the Parinirvana theme and download a copy of the Mahaparinibbana Sutta from our Resources Page

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Jan
30
7:30 PM19:30

Sangha Night - The Buddha Goes to his Death - Parinirvana Talk Three

We are starting our Sangha night programme in 2019 with a series of events leading up to the Parinirvana Festival in February. The Parinirvana marks the final passing away of the Buddha when his physical body ceases to exist.

We shall have a series of talks looking at the Mahaparinibbana Sutta which is an account of the Buddha’s last few months as he goes to his death. It is one of the great Buddhist texts and gives a moving and illuminating picture of who the Buddha actually was and of his complete fearlessness and compassion as he prepares for his death.

The festival also gives us a chance to explore our own thoughts and feelings about death, a topic of central concern that touches us all.

You can listen to previous talks in the series and download a copy of the Mahaparinibbana Sutta from our Resources Page

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'To Place the Heart Upon' - A Sangha retreat at the Nottingham Buddhist Centre
Jan
19
to Jan 20

'To Place the Heart Upon' - A Sangha retreat at the Nottingham Buddhist Centre

'To place the heart upon' is the literal translation of the term sraddha, more often translated just as faith. It plays a key role in the Buddhist life and suggests an emotional response to what we value, indicating that the Dharma life is not just about learning techniques or changing our perception of the world but a whole-hearted engagement with the Three Jewels.  We will explore what faith really is along with the related emotions of devotion, reverence and gratitude; we will hear some stories about faith from the Buddhist tradition; and we will engage in devotional practices that help to strengthen the faculty of faith within us.

This is a two-day weekend retreat - 10.00 a.m. until 5.00 pm. on both Saturday and Sunday 19/20th January - held at the Buddhist Centre and led by Saccanama.

Please bring vegan food to share for lunch on both days.

This is a dana event, suggested donation of £50.

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Jan
16
7:30 PM19:30

Sangha Night - The Buddha Goes to his Death - Parinirvana Talk Two

We are starting our Sangha night programme in 2019 with a series of events leading up to the Parinirvana Festival in February. The Parinirvana marks the final passing away of the Buddha when his physical body ceases to exist.

We shall have a series of talks looking at the Mahaparinibbana Sutta which is an account of the Buddha’s last few months as he goes to his death. It is one of the great Buddhist texts and gives a moving and illuminating picture of who the Buddha actually was and of his complete fearlessness and compassion as he prepares for his death.

The festival also gives us a chance to explore our own thoughts and feelings about death, a topic of central concern that touches us all.

You can listen to previous talks in the series and download a copy of the Mahaparinibbana Sutta from our Resources Page

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Puja Night
Jan
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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Sangha Night - The Buddha Goes to his Death - Parinirvana Talk One
Jan
9
7:30 PM19:30

Sangha Night - The Buddha Goes to his Death - Parinirvana Talk One

We are starting our Sangha night programme in 2019 with a series of events leading up to the Parinirvana Festival in February. The Parinirvana marks the final passing away of the Buddha when his physical body ceases to exist.

We shall have a series of talks looking at the Mahaparinibbana Sutta which is an account of the Buddha’s last few months as he goes to his death. It is one of the great Buddhist texts and gives a moving and illuminating picture of who the Buddha actually was and of his complete fearlessness and compassion as he prepares for his death.

The festival also gives us a chance to explore our own thoughts and feelings about death, a topic of central concern that touches us all.

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New Year's Eve Celebration
Dec
31
to Jan 1

New Year's Eve Celebration

Come and join us at the Nottingham Buddhist Centre to celebrate the end of the year together, sharing some food (bring some veggie treats to share), music and dancing (with some Latin vibes!). This a great opportunity to open this precious space we've been building up together as a Sangha with your family and friends. There will be meditation around 11 pm and we'll be performing a special puja at midnight to welcome in the New Year. This will be a one-off fundraising event towards the Nottingham Buddhist Centre.

Doors open at 7:30 pm till late

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