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8-Step Recovery Group

A meeting for anyone in recovery from addiction, habitual behaviours and obsessive tendencies.
Our focus is a text: “Eight Step Recovery Using the Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction” alongside other Buddhist recovery books.

Meetings will be peer led.
All donations go towards the running costs of the Buddhist Centre.

Every Friday 18.30-20.00
With: Mike
By donation
Open to All
No booking required

Celebrate Mabon - the Autumn Equinox (Fri 21 Sept)

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.
Bring acorns (and other autumnal fruits) and dried (clean!) leaves as offerings.

Fri 21 Sept 2018
18.15 food to share
19.15 Ritual
With: Lalitaraja
By donation
Open to All
No booking required

Drumming Workshop

18.00-19.20 African Drum tuition. Suitable for beginners and intermediate.

19.20-20.00 Drum circle open to all.

Every Saturday
With: Shakyasiddhi, Simon & friends
£12/£10 concession. Drum hire £2
Open to All
No booking required

SANGHA EVENING: On Being All Things to All Men (Mon 24 Sept)

Khemananda will lead an evening on being all things to all men as exemplified by Vimalakirti in the Vimalakirti Nirdesa Sutra

With: Khemananda, The Monday Night Team
By donation
Open to All
No booking required

The Alternative Friday Night (Sub35)

Are you between 18 and 35 and looking for something new to do on a Friday night? Are you sick of doing the usual thing, or just fancy doing something different?

Come along to meditate, explore the teachings of Buddhism and connect with like-minded people. Our monthly evening will be a radical approach to Friday night!

With late night tea bar after.

First Friday of the month
19.00-21.30
with late night tea bar after
On 3 Aug, 7 Sept, 5 Oct, 2 Nov and 7 Dec 2018
With: Sub35 team, and various order members
Free. Donations welcome.
Open to All
No booking required

Women’s class - every second Saturday of the Month

Women’s class with guest speakers:

11 Aug – Karunagita will lead an afternoon unpacking shunyata – emptiness and ungraspability in all its fullness and beauty, including a musical rendition…

8 Sept – Maitrisambhava and Bodhamayi will answer questions about their first year in the Triratna Buddhist Order

13 Oct – Vajraghanta leads a workshop on Compassionate Communication

10 Nov – Details soon

14-16 Dec - women's class retreat at Vajrasana. Details to follow.

Every second Saturday of the month,
14:15-17:00.
apart from 12 May, 10.00-12.45
With: Bodhamayi, Karunagita and Team
By donation
Open to All
No booking required

Full Moon Puja - Dedicated to Avalokiteshvara (Oct)

An evening of meditation and devotional practice dedicated to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas who represent different aspects of the Awakened Mind.

Tonight's puja is dedicated to Avalokiteshvara.

For those who know our basic Triratna meditation practices.

Fri 19 Oct 2018, 19:30 - 21:30
With: Dharmaprabha
£10/ £5 (concession)
Going Deeper
No booking required

Young People at NLBC (Sub35)

Are you between 18 and 35 years old and interested in Buddhism?

Are you tired of the stories that dominate our personal and public lives? Do you have a sense that there must be something else, but don’t yet know what it is?

With discussion, exploration and meditation, plus coffee and croissants, we will connect with what is meaningful and ask what Buddhism can offer us to transform ourselves and the world.

Every third Saturday of the month
10.30-13.00
On 18 Aug, 15 Sept, 20 Oct, 17 Nov and 15 Dec
With: Sub35 team
Free. Donations welcome.
Open to All
No booking required

Autumn Sangha Retreat - Entering the Mandala of the Five Buddhas

This weekend continues the exploration of the Mandala of the Five Buddhas which we began at our Midsummer Retreat in June. (You do not need to have attended the previous retreat).
Through meditation, talks, reflection and ritual we will open to the qualities of the Awakened Mind as expressed in this rich and colourful symbol.

Fri evening 26 Oct - Sun 28 Oct
With: Lalitaraja, Visuddhimati
Costs,
£165 Waged
£130 Low waged
£95 On benefits

Going Deeper
Booking required (10 places left)

The Four Essentials of Partnership. How to create a thriving Sangha.

Ratnaprabha introduces the Four Sangrahavastus or means of unification of the Sangha, and we will explore together how we can use them at North London to strengthen our spiritual community.

The event is for mitras and Order members.

Sat 3 Nov 2018; 13.30-17.30
With: Ratnaprabha
By donation
Mitra
No booking required

Autumn Sangha Walk (Sun 18 Nov)

A gently paced walk along the Parkland Walk, through Highgate Woods and Queen's Wood finishing at Finsbury Walk.

Meet NLBC for an 11am departure. (Note that BST ends on this day.)

Ask Kusala or Clive for more details.

Sun 18 Nov 2018, 11:00 - 16:00
With: Clive, Kusala
By donation
Open to All
No booking required

Full Moon Puja - Dedicated to Amoghasiddhi (Nov)

An evening of meditation and devotional practice dedicated to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas who represent different aspects of the Awakened Mind.

Tonight's puja is dedicated to Amoghasiddhi.

For those who know our basic Triratna meditation practices.

Fri 23 Nov 2018, 19:30 - 21:30
With: Santva
£10/ £5 (concession)
Going Deeper
No booking required

Sangha Day Festival (Sun 25 Nov 2018)

On Sangha Day we celebrate our spiritual community by creating a strong sense of collective practice.
A Day to enjoy each others company and to rejoice in our friendships in the wider sangha (community).

Programme:
11.30 Doors open (until 12.00)
12.00 Meditation
13.00 Lunch. Please bring veggie food to share.
(Doors open 13.00-14.30)
14.30 Special event
16.00 Tea break
(Doors open 16.00-16.30)
16.30 Talk by Ratnaprabha
17.30 Festive Puja

Sun 25 Nov 2018, 12:00 - 19:00
With: Ratnaprabha
By donation
Open to All
No booking required

Women’s class weekend retreat (Fri 14- Sun 16 Dec 2018)

A chance to step back from life in London and relax, with meditation, short talks, discussion, silence and time together.

This year the women’s class weekend retreat will be at Vajrasana, the impressive, purpose-built retreat centre in the Suffolk countryside.

Open to all women.

The retreat will be held at Vajrasana in Suffolk

From Friday evening to Sunday afternoon Fri 14 - Sun 16 Dec 2018
With: Karunagita, Singhashri, Bodhamayi
Costs,
£165
£130 low income
£95 concession

Open to All
Booking required (17 places left)

Winter Solstice Celebration (Fri 21 Dec 2018)

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 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!

Fri 21 Dec 2018
18.15 food to share
19.15 Ritual
With: Lalitaraja
Open to All
No booking required

Meditation and Ritual on New Year's Evening (Mon 31 Dec 2018)

A meditative evening with ritual, more details nearer the date on NLBC website.

Open to all.

Mon 31 Dec 2018, 20.30 - midnight
With:
By donation
Open to All
No booking required