Festivals & Pujas

Main Shrine

Full Moon Pujas

Friday evenings 7.30 – 9.30pm Dec 13, Jan 17, Feb 14
For those with experience of our basic meditation practices

Special Pujas with invited guests Our guest leaders will be introducing us to a Buddha or Bodhisattva with whom they have a strong connection.

  • 12 Sept
    Led by Sumana dedicated to Prajnaparamita
  • 10 Oct
    Led by Svadhi dedicated to Vajrasattva
  • 07 Nov
    Led by Kusaladana dedicated to Ratnasambhava
  • 5 Dec
    Led by Santva dedicated to Sakyamuni

    Autumn Equinox

    with Lalitaraja and Friends
    Mon 22 Sept 6.30 Food to share 7.30 Event
    The autumnal equinox occurs when the sun crosses the equator on its apparent journey southward, and we experience a day and a night that are of equal duration. So for the moment nature is in balance. It is a time to reap what you have sown in the spring, of giving thanks for the harvest and the bounty the Earth provides. It is a time for finishing up old projects and plans. Mabon as it was known is a time of celebration and balance.We'll meditate and reflect on the time and do a puja to Amitabha. Bring acorns (and other autumnal fruits) and dried (clean!) leaves as offerings.

    Padmasambhava Day Festival

    Sun 12 October 10am – 5pm
    Celebrating the life and liberation of the lotus born guru.

    Samhain/ All Hallows eve

    with Lalitaraja and friends
    Fri 31 Oct 7.30pm hosted by the Friday class
    Samhain/Halloween is a major festival with several aspects. It is new year's eve for witches. It inaugurates Winter and is the final chance to dry herbs for winter storage, and is a night when fairies are supposedly afoot working mischief. It is also the Day of the Dead for us as it was for the Celts, Egyptians and ancient Mexicans. Samhain is also a time for personal reflection, and for recognising our faults and flaws and creating a method for rectifying them.
    We'll meditate and reflect and do a puja dedicated to Kshitigarbha who is associated with rescuing those in distress or hells.

    Open Day

    Sun 9 Nov 10am – 1pm
    The North London Buddhist Centre is opening its doors to everybody who wants to come along and have a look. Free meditation tasters, talks, film, etc. Please bring friends along.

    Sangha Day Festival

    Sunday 9 November 1pm – 5pm
    Celebrating the community of Dharma practitioners Falling on the cusp of winter, Sangha Day is a celebration of the community of Dharma practitioners and of the importance for the individual to come together with others in a community. There will be a festive puja with mitra re-affirmations.

    Imbolc/Winter Solstice

    with Lalitaraja and Friends
    Sun 21 Dec 2pm start leading into Indrajala Sunday Club at 6pm
    The winter solstice, the rebirth of the Sun, is an important turning point, as it marks the shortest day, when the hours of daylight are at their least. We'll celebrate with an afternoon of meditation, reflection and ritual to prepare for the festive season and for the coming year. This is a time to reflect on the year and prepare our resolutions, so that we have the best chance of success with any changes we want to make. Wear red!