Sangha Events

NLBC sangha picnic

Sangha evenings:

6.30 Food to share 7.30 Event unless otherwise stated
By donation.

  • Mon 22 Sept
    EQUINOX RITUAL
    with Lalitaraja and Friends
    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.
  • Mon 13 Oct
    These Rocky Heights Delight my Heart
    with Bodhidaka.
    Bodhidaka has lived for over 10 years in retreat centres, Dhanakosa, Guhyaloka and Gampo Abbey and has just completed a years retreat in our long term retreat centre Uttaraloka. He will share his experience of long retreats and tell us about the insights that emerge from this way of practice.

Seeing with the artist’s eye: an exploration

with Visuddhimati
Three Wednesday evenings 24 Sept, 22 Oct, 26 Nov 7pm – 9.30pm
Come to one or come to all three. £20/£10 per session
(£50/£25 for all three sessions).
If we open up to see the fleeting world through the eye of the artist, we discover the latent realities that lie behind visible things, each moment holding its own truth and beauty, there to be discovered if we really look. We will look at the ways in which artists communicate their worlds, alongside practical exercises suitable for all levels of experience.
Materials provided, but feel free to bring your own sketchbooks, art gear and tablets/ipads. Please book

Words and Music - Indrajala Sunday Club

with Sumana and Friends
Songs, Music, Poetry, Stories
Open hearts and open minds with invited guests hosted by the Indrajala Collective.
Sun 28 Sept, 26 Oct, 30 Nov, 21 Dec
6pm Food to share 7pm Words and Music. All welcome. By donation.

Standing on the Threshold

with Abhayajit and Khemajala
Two workshops using story and masks to explore the parts we play in our own transformation. Booking required.
In the Footsteps of Gotama Sun 19 Oct 10am – 5pm £40/£19
In this workshop we are following in the footsteps of Gotama Buddha, exploring his Going Forth, what does it take to leave behind our old life and old ways and stepping into new ways.
A Grace Given in Sorrow Sun 23 Nov 10am – 5pm £40/£19
We are exploring compassion with Hermes the Greek God as guide and trickster who can find a way through city walls and battlefields.

Death and the only beauty that lasts

with Siddhisambhava
Sat 25 and Sun 26 October 2014.
Sat £70/40 (Limited places)
Sun £60/35 (Open to all)
£120/70 for weekend with discount for doing both days.
The only beauty that lasts is the beauty of the human heart. Rumi
A rare opportunity to explore this inevitable and mysterious feature of our lives and help us relate to it in a healthy and helpful way.
This weekend is structured to work as two stand alone days, or a weekend process for those who can do both days.
Saturday will explore what death is, what our experience of loss is, practical preparation for our own death (wills, funerals, advance directives), some short yet powerful films and optional overnight homework for those coming back Sunday.
On Sunday the emphasis will be on reflection and meditation, including emotional and spiritual preparation for our own death, and how to support the dying.
Siddhisambhava has been leading workshops and retreats on death since 2002.

Moving with Mindfulness

with Lalitaraja and Mafe Toledo
Sun 23 Nov 10am – 5pm
By donation (Suggested £45/30) Booking required
Through a meditative approach participants will increase body awareness and explore their own way of dancing. We will look into different body parts to finish the day with a clear, embodied sense of how they connect with each other. Suitable for anyone interested in movement and meditation –no previous experience needed.

Drinking Tea with the Ancient Sages

with Prabhasvara
Sat 13 Dec 10 –4pm £45/30 tea provided. Booking required.
The day will include meditation and two ancient style Tea ceremonies. There will also be a more informal discussion about the power organic, ancient-tree Tea has to connect us to ourselves, to others, and to Nature. We will also be drawing from the ancient Zen canon's stories featuring Tea and relating them to our practice in modern times within the Triratna tradition.
Prabhasvara has spent the past three years in Asia studying Tea with several famous Masters.