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The Path of Positivity

The course is hosted by the Tuesday class - no need to book - just turn up.

An exploration of how Buddhist ethics helps us develop kindness and awareness.

7 Tue evenings
Tue 28 May - Tue 9 July 2019
19.00-21.30
With: Maitrisambhava
£10/5 per evening (£70/35 for whole course)
Open to All
No booking required

BAM! Buddhist Action Month at the NLBC throughout June 2019

This June is Buddhist Action Month and the theme for 2019 is "Climate Action – Personal Action". The NLBC we 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 charity
  • Early morning meditation at the centre more info
  • Special BAM themed Sangha Nights
  • Throughout June
    With:
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Saturday Morning Meditation and Buddhism Drop-in class

    We start with meditation at 10:15. After the tea break, you can continue to explore meditation, or alternatively you can join the Buddhism option. Our theme for the New Year is the five spiritual faculties: mindfulness, confidence, energy, unification of mind, and insight. The second Saturday of each month there is a talk on one of these themes (click here), and on the other Saturdays we get together to discuss the practical implications of these fundamental Buddhist teachings. All are welcome, and you don't need to come each week.

    Saturdays 10.15-12.45
    With: Ratnaprabha & Sat morning team
    £10/ £5 (concession)
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Under 35s Alternative Friday Night

    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 May, 7 Jun, 5 July, 2 Aug, 6 Sep, 4 Oct, 1 Nov and 6 Dec 2019
    With: Under 35s team & guest speaker
    Free. Donations welcome.
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Women’s class - every second Saturday of the Month

    Women’s class with guest speakers:

    12 Jan: - Storytelling with Satyamegha from Nottingham - the story of Pingya's encounter with the Buddha and how it changed his life forever.

    9 Feb: Dhiraprabha is our guest – the topic “A taste of freedom”

    9 March: Suvarnajyoti joins as our guest for the first time

    13 April: Karunagita is back from 3 months on retreat and will communicate something of her experience

    11 May: Dhammamegha met Triratna in South Africa and has spent 3 years in the UK, at Adhisthana and Tiratanaloka. She is moving to London in April 2019. This is a chance to hear her story and for her to meet some of us

    8 June: We are welcoming back Danasamudra, who came from Adhisthana last year, and Dharmaprabha, who worked at the NLBC until recently. Dansamudra will give a talk called “Women, Inspiration and the Dharma Life”, followed by discussion, tea and led reflection with Dharmaprabha.

    13 July: Dhammagita returns for another wonderful afternoon with the body

    Every second Saturday of the month,
    14:15-17:00.

    With: Karunagita and Team
    By donation
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Metta Day (Sun 9 June)

    Another in this popular series of day retreats on the theme of Metta - friendliness, kindness, unconditional love. The day includes different approaches to the Metta Bhavana meditation, held within a program that is spacious and kind to us, including relaxation, gentle movement, and discussion.

    Please book but you are also welcome to join on the day.

    Bring veggie lunch to share

    Sun 9 June 2019, 10:00-17:00
    With: Karunagita, Maitrisambhava
    Suggested donation £30/£15
    Open to All
    Booking required

    Full Moon Puja - Dedicated to Tara (June 2019)

    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 Tara.

    For those who know our basic Triratna meditation practices.

    Friday 14th June 2019, 19:30 - 21:30
    With: Sumana
    suggested donation £10/ £5
    Going Deeper
    No booking required

    Under 35s Buddhism and Meditation Morning

    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 20 Apr, 18 May, 15 June, 20 July, 17 Aug, 21 Sept, 19 Oct, 16 Nov and 21 Dec 2019
    With: Under 35s team & guest speaker
    Free. Donations welcome.
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Sangha Retreat: The Dance of the Elements - A ritual adventure

    Amalamati, Visuddhimati and Lalitaraja invite you to celebrate the elements on a retreat in Spain - near Valencia. Using music, art and movement we will be exploring the elements through meditation and ritual as well as the arts practice of each of the leaders. Lalitaraja is a professional dancer, Visuddhimati is a well-known figure in the world of the visual arts and Amalamati is a professional pianist. Book through our centre in Valencia: informacion@budismo-valencia.com.

    Thurs 20 June - Wed 26 June or
    Fri 21 June - Mon 24 June
    With: Amalamati, Lalitaraja, Visuddhimati
    £325 for full week, £195 for Friday to Monday weekend option.
    Open to All
    Booking required

    Introduction to Buddhism and Meditation (start Wed 26 June)

    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 Wed evenings
    Wed 26 June - Wed 17 July 2019
    19.00-21.30
    With: Santva, Satyapurna
    Costs,
    £60
    £28 concession

    Introductory
    Booking required

    The Five Spiritual Faculties (start 4 July)

    A Buddhism course based on the 5 Spiritual faculties, for those who want to take their practice deeper.

    Karunagita will draw on her experience of this fundamental Buddhist teaching during her recent 3-month intensive retreat and encourage participants to recognise the 5 spiritual faculties in their own life and practice.

    5 Thur evenings
    Thu 4 Jul – Thu 1 Aug 2019
    19.00-21.30
    With: Karunagita
    Costs,
    £75
    £35 concession

    Going Deeper
    Booking required

    Dharma Day (Sun 14 July 2019)

    tbc

    Sunday 14th July 2019
    With:
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Full Moon Puja: Sevenfold puja (July 2019)

    An evening of meditation and devotional practice; this time the Sevenfold puja will be based on the Dhammapada.

    For those who know our basic Triratna meditation practices.

    Friday 19th July 2019, 19:30 - 21:30
    With: Santva
    suggested donation £10/ £5
    Going Deeper
    No booking required

    Triratna International Gathering 2019: Alchemy of the Dharma

    The International Gathering is the main event in the Triratna calendar that brings together Triratna on all levels of experience. It is a celebration of our community, of who we are and what we do. This biennial event brings together large numbers of the Triratna Buddhist Community from around Europe for a feast of inspiration, stimulation and fun.
    All are welcome, including children.

    What we already know about the programme for definite:
    3 Talks:
    - Transforming Self - Ratnaguna
    -Transforming Through Sangha - Sanghamani
    - Transforming World - Prasadacarin

    Various workshops such as:
    - Batik - Sarah Jones
    - Blake - Satyalila and Ratnaprabha
    - Meditation - Vajraloka team
    - Mindful communication - Jayaraja
    - Philosophy - Vidyaruci
    - Writing - Satyalila and others
    - Activities for kids
    - Chai and pancakes stall - Buddhafield
    - Concerts
    - Storytelling - Jayaraja and Lokabandhu

    For more info please click here
    Booking is now open. Please click here

    To give you more of an impression, here is a link to a video from the International Gathering 2014 click here

    Adhisthana, 22-26 August 2019
    With:
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Sangha Weekend Retreat

    Theme will be published closer to the date.

    All who know meditation are welcome to come; accommodation and vegetarian food (we share the cooking) are provided.

    The retreat will be held at Redfield Retreat Centre in Buckinghamshire.

    Fri 25 - Sun 27 Oct 2019
    With: Visuddhimati, Lalitaraja
    Costs,
    £175
    £140 low income
    £95 concession

    Open to All
    Booking required

    Open Weekend Retreat

    Theme will be published closer to the date.

    The retreat will be held at the Vajrasana Retreat Centre in Suffolk.

    Fri 6. - Sun 8. Dec 2019
    With: Ratnaprabha, Karunagita
    Costs,
    £175
    £145 low income
    £95 concession

    Open to All
    Booking required