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BAM! Buddhist Action Month in June

The theme for this year's Buddhist Action Month is "Transforming Self, Transforming World".

The NLBC will be taking part and we are inviting you to take your dharma and meditation practice off the cushion into action!

Some of the activities during BAM! are:

  • Make a pledge on our Tree of Intentions
  • Donations for a local homeless charity
  • Early morning meditation at the centre more info
  • Special BAM themed Sangha Nights more info
  • Throughout June
    With:
    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 6 April, 4 May, 1 June, 6 July and 3 August
    With: Sub35 team, and various order members
    Free. Donations welcome.
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Full Moon Puja - Dedicated to Amitabha (June 2018)

    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 Amitabha.

    For those who know our basic Triratna meditation practices.

    Friday 1st June 2018, 19:00 - 21:30
    With: Satyin
    £10/ £5 (concession)
    Going Deeper
    No booking required

    Cutting through Illusion - for Triratna Regulars (start Sat 2 June)

    3 Saturday afternoons exploring Buddhist insight through our direct, everyday experience. Each afternoon will include a short talk, meditation, experiential exercises, discussion and pointers to try between sessions.

    For Order Members, Mitras and those with at least a year of experience of our core Triratna meditations.

    3 afternoons
    Sat 2, Sat 23 and Sat 30 June
    14.00-17.00
    With: Karunagita
    By donation
    Going Deeper
    No booking required

    Introduction to Buddhism - The Wheel of Life (start Wed 6 June)

    How we act determines how we live our lives. Yet most of our actions are the repetition of unconscious habits.

    The Wheel of Life, a Buddhist Symbol, articulates how we habitually re- become ourselves and why. Our study will introduce fundamental Buddhist ideas.

    Through our exploration we will more fully understand ourselves and together learn how we might start to change our unproductive habits to choose happier more fulfilling lives.

    5 evenings
    Wed 6 June - Wed 4 July 2018
    19.00-21.30
    With: Vajramitra
    Costs,
    £75
    £35 concession

    Introductory
    Booking required

    Women’s class - every second Saturday of the Month

    Women’s class with guest speakers:

    12 May – The women’s class will be in the morning 10.00-12.45 as we are celebrating the Buddha day festival in the afternoon - Parami is our guest again at both

    9 June – Yashobodhi is coming for the first time - she’s a very experienced and excellent retreat leader and teacher and will focus on working with difficult emotions

    14 July – Dhammagita will lead another workshop with movement and body work

    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: Karunagita and Team
    By donation
    Open to All
    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 21 April, 19 May, 16 June, 21 July and 18 August
    With: Sub35 team
    Free. Donations welcome.
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Men’s class - once a month on Saturday

    A chance to explore the Buddhist Vision through meditation, talks, discussion and hanging out together. Class starts at 14.00; but do join us for lunch from 13.00.

    Class on 19 May: Pleasure and Meaning
    Often the things we enjoy the most- sex, chocolate, alcohol are not the things that give our lives meaning- while the 'spiritual ' things we can find boring- how can we unite pleasure and meaning- and what did the Buddha do about it?

    An afternoon of discussion, talks and mediation.

    Once a month on Saturday 14.00-17.00.

    Class on 19 May, 16 June, 21 July and 18 Aug 2018

    Join us for lunch from 13.00. Please bring vegetarian lunch to share
    With: Kusala, Abhilasa, Aryajit
    By donation
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Midsummer Weekend Sangha Retreat - Theme to be confirmed

    An opportunity to practice together with the NLBC Sangha with our usual popular mix of meditation, presentations, ritual and enjoying the countryside together. Our rituals will celebrate and mark the Summer Solstice.

    The retreat will be held at Redfield Retreat Centre, Buckinghamshire.
    From Friday evening to Sunday afternoon Fri 22 Jun - Sun 24 Jun
    With: Lalitaraja, Visuddhimati
    Costs,
    £165
    £130 low income
    £95 concessions

    Going Deeper
    Booking required (6 places left)

    Full Moon Puja - Dedicated to Padmasambhava (June 2018)

    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 Padmasambhava.

    For those who know our basic Triratna meditation practices.

    Friday 29th June 2018, 19:00 - 21:30
    With: Shakyasiddhi
    £10/ £5 (concession)
    Going Deeper
    No booking required

    Introduction to Buddhism and Meditation (start Wed 11 July)

    Are you curious about Buddhism?

    This 5 week course will introduce the Buddha, his teaching (Dharma) and the followers of his teaching (Sangha).

    We will also explore the 'Mindfulness of Breathing' and the 'Metta Bhavana' meditation practices.

    5 evenings
    Wed 11 July to - Wed 8 Aug 2018
    19.00-21.30
    With: Satyanathin
    Costs,
    £75
    £35 concession

    Introductory
    Booking required

    Full Moon Puja - Dedicated to Green Tara (July 2018)

    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 Green Tara.

    For those who know our basic Triratna meditation practices.

    Friday 27th July 2018, 19:00 - 21:30
    With: Satyanathin
    £10/ £5 (concession)
    Going Deeper
    No booking required

    Dharma Day (Sun 29 July 2018)

    Programme tbc

    Sunday 29th July 2018
    With:
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Introduction to Buddhism and Meditation (start Sat 8 Sept)

    Are you curious about Buddhism?

    This 4 week course will introduce the Buddha, his teaching (Dharma) and the followers of his teaching (Sangha).

    We will also explore the 'Mindfulness of Breathing' and the 'Metta Bhavana' practices.

    4 mornings
    Sat 8 - Sat 29 Sept 2018
    10.30-13.00
    With: Santva
    Costs,
    £60
    £28 concession

    Introductory
    Booking required (14 places left)