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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

    Fun And Flow Vinyasa

    Looking for a creative, playful yoga class to get energized? This is an upbeat, smooth flowing practice that includes plenty of stretching and some strengthening and balance poses. Whilst the class is geared towards a moderate level, there are alignment cues and modifications, so you're welcome to make the class as gentle or challenging as you like. We end the class in a luxurious savasana and sometimes a guided meditation to keep the good vibes going. Suitable for all levels including complete beginners.

    Saturdays 10.00-11.30
    With: Shirley Brooks
    £14
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Saturday Morning Meditation Drop-in

    A morning exploring the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana (loving kindness) practices. The session includes sitting, some gentle movement and walking meditation. Suitable for all levels of experience.

    Saturday 10.15-12.45
    Please note: no class on 21 April and 12 May 2018

    With: Karunagita, Sahajamani, Singhashri, Vajramitra, Santva, Maitrisambhava
    £10/ £5 (concession)
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Vinyasa Krama

    Krama means a step by step progression. Krama allows the practitioner to either stay at the first posture building strength and creating space or building experience opting to go deeper into more advanced asana making it accessible to everyone. A creative Vinyasa sequence coupled with kramic gradual movements brings fresh light and awareness to your practice.

    Saturdays 11:45-13:00.
    With: Mary Smiley
    £14
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Iyengar Yoga

    The Iyengar method places special focus on developing strength, endurance and correct body alignment in addition to flexibility and relaxation.

    Classes are sequenced, emphasise precision, include a variety of poses and are designed to concentrate on different aspects promoting overall well-being.

    Regular practice is energising and promotes excellent body awareness.

    A yoga practice for anyone and everyone!

    Saturdays 13.15-14.45
    With: Fran Nixon
    £14
    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

    CANCELLED: Daoist Yoga: Alchemy of Baguazhang - Sun 24 June

    This workshop will cover preparatory sequences and circle-walking. The Daoist practice of Ba Gua is a physical manifestation of the ideas of the Trigrams (representations of the eight basic forces of the universe) that combine to make up the sixty-four hexagrams of the I Ching, the ancient Chinese oracle text.

    The workshop will cover Alchemical sequences designed to improve the strength and structure of the body. We will do this through study of movement and stillness based around the central 'axis' of the body, the pole that connects Heaven (yang) and Earth (yin) through us. In this way we use the practice to balance the energies and forces within us by deepening the connection of mind and body. In circle-walking, the more dynamic aspect of the practice, our movements create a spiral-type vortex with powerfully transformative effects.

    Tea will be provided.

    Sunday 24 June, 10.00-13.00
    With: Richard Thomas, Tom Watson
    Costs,
    £36
    £24 concession

    Open to All
    No booking required

    BAM! Early Morning Meditation 2018

    In our early morning sit we will be focusing on different aspects of the Buddhist Action Month.

    Suitable for people who have done the Mindfulness of Breathing and the Metta Bhavana before.

    Morning meditation will be every week day starting Monday 4 June, through to Friday 29 June.

    Every weekday morning 7:30-8:30
    Starting Mon 4 June
    Last session Fri 29 June
    doors open between 7:15-7:30
    With: Karunagita, Santva, Kusaladana, Akashamitra, Satyapurna
    By donation
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Introductory Meditation Lunchtime Drop-in

    We introduce two core meditation practices: the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana (loving kindness) practices.

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 13.00-14.00
    With: The Centre Team
    £6/ £2 (concession)
    Introductory
    No booking required

    Yin Yoga

    An opportunity to become friends with your body. Yin yoga uses floor-based postures to help us soften and wake up, staying in shapes for sustained periods.

    Mondays 18:00 - 19:15
    No class on Bank Holiday Mondays
    With: Julia Caird
    £12
    Open to All
    No booking required

    BAM! Sangha Nights in June

    This month our Sangha Nights will be themed on Buddhist Action Month. The evenings will be as follows:

  • Mon 4 June: Opening Ceremony led by Satyapurna. Ending with a ritual dedicated to Amoghasiddhi, the Buddha of action.

  • Mon 11 June: Sanghasiha on Deep Ecology. Exploring our relationship with the natural world as Buddhists.

  • Mon 18 June: Akashamitra on Karuna, a Triratna charity. Images and stories from Karuna’s work in India and Nepal, changing discrimination into dignity.

  • Mon 25 June: Closing Ceremony. Ending with a ritual.

  • BAM! Sangha nights:
    Mon 4, 11, 18 and 25 June 2018
    19.00-21.30
    With: Visuddhimati and Friends
    Free event. Donations welcome
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Creative Vinyasa Flow

    Gentle to moderately-paced session that builds up to a fluid flow style. Students move through a creative and imaginative sequence of postures, interspersed with strength-building and sometimes challenging holds. The class winds down with an indulgent 10-minute guided relaxation and savasana.

    Suitable for all levels from complete beginners to more experienced students.

    Mondays 19:30-20:45
    No class on Bank Holiday Mondays
    With: Shirley Brooks
    £12
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Iyengar Yoga

    The Iyengar method, a highly regarded form of yoga, places special focus on developing strength, endurance and correct body alignment in addition to flexibility and relaxation. Classes are sequenced, emphasise precision and include a variety of poses from standing and sitting, forward and back bends, supine balances, inversions and relaxation. Classes are designed to focus on different aspects of the practice promoting overall well-being. Regular practice is energising and promotes excellent body awareness. It helps you feel refreshed and develops your flexibility, strength and improves concentration. A yoga practice for anyone and everyone!!

    Tuesdays 10.00-11.30

    With: Fran Nixon
    £12/ £7 (concession)
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Iyengar Yoga

    The Iyengar method, a highly regarded form of yoga, places special focus on developing strength, endurance and correct body alignment in addition to flexibility and relaxation. Classes are sequenced, emphasise precision and include a variety of poses from standing and sitting, forward and back bends, supine balances, inversions and relaxation. Classes are designed to focus on different aspects of the practice promoting overall well-being. Regular practice is energising and promotes excellent body awareness. It helps you feel refreshed and develops your flexibility, strength and improves concentration. A yoga practice for anyone and everyone!!

    Fridays 10.00-11.30
    With: Helen Corcoran
    £12/ £7 (concession)
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Hatha Yoga

    A deep and careful yoga designed to extend the spine and strengthen the body. There is a specific focus on long-term spinal health and undo-ing the damage caused by sitting for hours a time.
    Movements are slow and precise; influenced by the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli, John Stirk, Anna Ashby and Catherine Annis. The class is un-hurried and not predicated on gymnastic ability.

    The Thursday class is particularly relaxed and may include one or two long restorative postures and some meditation.

    Tuesdays 12.30-14.00
    Thursdays 14.30-15.45
    With: Tony Marcus
    £12/ £7 (concession)
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Yoga for Stress Relief

    This gentle, friendly class offers effective, natural ways to relieve stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia. We will explore postures and breathing techniques that release physical and mental tension, to prepare us for a deep and nourishing relaxation.

    Tuesdays 14.45-16.00
    With: Anna Jones
    £12/ £7 (concession)
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Hatha Flow

    Soothing and relaxing sequence of hatha yoga poses linking movements with the breath. This flowing sequence brings balance and joy to the body.

    Tuesdays 18.00-19.15
    With: Alison Purchase
    £12
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Introductory Meditation Evening Drop-in

    The Tuesday night class is one of our most popular weekly events. We introduce two core meditation practices: the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana (loving kindness) practices.

    Tuesdays 19.00-21.30
    With: Visuddhimati, Satyanathin, Shraddhasara, Abhilasa, Maitrisambhava, Aryajit
    £10/ £5 (concession)
    Introductory
    No booking required

    Hatha Flow

    Soothing and relaxing sequence of hatha yoga poses linking movements with the breath. This flowing sequence brings balance and joy to the body.

    Tuesdays 19.30-20.45
    With: Alison Purchase
    £12
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Iyengar Yoga

    The Iyengar method, a highly regarded form of yoga, places special focus on developing strength, endurance and correct body alignment in addition to flexibility and relaxation. Classes are sequenced, emphasise precision and include a variety of poses from standing and sitting, forward and back bends, supine balances, inversions and relaxation. Classes are designed to focus on different aspects of the practice promoting overall well-being. Regular practice is energising and promotes excellent body awareness. It helps you feel refreshed and develops your flexibility, strength and improves concentration. A yoga practice for anyone and everyone!!

    Wednesdays 10.00-11.30
    With: Aubrey Maasdorp
    £12/ £7
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Qi Gong

    Qigong practice enhances the flow of qi, our vital energy, calming the mind and energising the body. The gentle and flowing movements can help build strength, stamina, balance and coordination. Classes include both moving and static forms that are easy to learn and enjoyable to practice.

    Wednesdays 12.45-14.00
    With: Richard Thomas, Tom Watson
    £12/ £7 (concession)
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Yin Yoga

    An opportunity to become friends with your body. Yin yoga uses floor-based postures to help us soften and wake up, staying in shapes for sustained periods.

    Wednesdays 15.00-16.30
    With: Maitripushpa
    £12/ £7
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Circular Flow Yoga/ Vinyasa Flow

    A Vinyasa Flow style yoga where the circular aspect of the practice is influenced by Tai-Chi. Through the practice we explore postures working with the breath & investigating the 'elements' and 'energy' through this moving meditation.

    Wednesdays 18.30-20.00
    With: Sherene Banner
    £12/ £8 (concession)
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Gentle Vinyasa Flow Yoga

    An inspiring and softly flowing yoga that mindfully integrates hatha postures with the breath. The class focuses on lengthening, strengthening and stretching to relax the body and balance the mind. Drawing on the precision of Iyengar, energy of Asthanga and the creativity of Shiva Rea's Prana Flow, each session will combine elements of these yogic practices to develop strength, flexibility and stamina. Designed for all levels of experience, we'll finish with a luxurious period of shavasana (corpse pose) to form a deeply restful conclusion to the day.

    Wednesdays 20.15-21.30
    With: Shirley Brooks
    £12/ £8 (concession)
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Gentle Yoga

    Guided by the principles of Vanda Scaravelli this class offers a clear, careful and detailed approach with a calm and steady pace. Promoting ease of movement and comfort in the body by mobilising stiff joints, relaxing tight muscles and revitalizing from the inside out. Appropriate for people aged 17 to 97.

    Thursdays 10.00-11.15
    With: Anna Jones
    £12/ £7 (concession)
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Feldenkrais Method ***New Class*** starts 3. May 2018

    The Feldenkrais Method is an effective approach for learning to improve our capacity for graceful action. It works by enhancing awareness through gentle exploratory movements in order to increase our sensitivity for comfort and ease.

    Improvement in posture, breathing, coordination and flexibility are among the many benefits the Feldenkrais Method offers the individual and it is suitable for anyone whether they seek improvement developing a performance related skill, support in recovering from injury or want to cultivate more harmony throughout their daily activities.

    Thursday 18.00-19.15
    With: Colin Poole
    £12/7
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Iyengar Yoga

    The Iyengar method, a highly regarded form of yoga, places special focus on developing strength, endurance and correct body alignment in addition to flexibility and relaxation. Classes are sequenced, emphasise precision and include a variety of poses from standing and sitting, forward and back bends, supine balances, inversions and relaxation. Classes are designed to focus on different aspects of the practice promoting overall well-being. Regular practice is energising and promotes excellent body awareness. It helps you feel refreshed and develops your flexibility, strength and improves concentration. A yoga practice for anyone and everyone!!

    Thursdays 19.30-20.45
    With: Suki Ali
    £12
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Feldenkrais Method

    The Feldenkrais Method is an effective approach for learning to improve our capacity for graceful action. It works by enhancing awareness through gentle exploratory movements in order to increase our sensitivity for comfort and ease.

    Improvement in posture, breathing, coordination and flexibility are among the many benefits the Feldenkrais Method offers the individual and it is suitable for anyone whether they seek improvement developing a performance related skill, support in recovering from injury or want to cultivate more harmony throughout their daily activities.

    Fridays 12.00-13.15
    With: Colin Poole
    £12/7
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Hatha Flow

    Destress and reinvigoratewith this Hatha flow practice, which flows mindfully from one pose to the next, incorporating breath awareness, attention to alignment and occasional music.

    Suitable for all levels.

    Fridays 13:30-14:45
    With: Sian O'Neill
    £12/7 (concession)
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Scaravelli Inspired Yoga

    A sensitive and intuitive approach to yoga, which cultivates awareness of the breath, spine and gravity. Opening, softening and lengthening we listen, deeply awakening the body's innate wisdom.

    Fridays 18.30-20.00
    With: Anna Jones
    £12
    Open to All
    No booking required

    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

    Iyengar Yoga monthly workshop (July 2018)

    These workshops offer an opportunity to work more deeply on your practice. You will learn and improve your understanding of the highly regarded Iyengar system of yoga with a highly regarded and popular teacher.

    All welcome to attend.

    Sun 1 July - 10:00-12:00
    With: Aubrey Maasdorp
    Costs,
    £20
    £15 concession

    Open to All
    Booking required

    Body, Breath, Heart - a Meditation Day for Regulars (Sun 1 July 2018)

    We warmly invite you to a day of collective meditation practice. The day will be in silence and we will explore the breath and the heart in a gentle, natural and rooted way.

    Sitting practice will be interspersed with mindful movement, walking, lying down, poetry and chanting.

    The day is suitable for anybody who is familiar with both meditation practices, the Mindfulness of Breathing and the Metta Bhavana.

    Please bring a vegan or vegetarian lunch to share.

    Sun 1 July
    10.00-16.00
    With: Shraddhasara, Bodhamayi
    Costs,
    £40
    £20 concession

    Open to All
    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

    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

    Women’s class - every second Saturday of the Month

    Women’s class with guest speakers:

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

    Deep Rest

    A unique and deeply relaxing blend of simple practices to rest, restore and nourish.

    Including gentle floor-based exercises to help release muscular tension (Hanna Somatics) as well as Pranayama (breath focus) and quiet time for meditation, these workshops will focus primarily on supported, restorative yoga poses using bolsters and other props.

    This way of working is designed to calm the nervous system, boost the immune system and promote balance for busy lives.

    Sun 15 July - 15.00-18.00
    With: Anna Jones
    Costs,
    £36
    £24 concession

    Open to All
    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

    Stand Alone Mindfulness Practice Day (Mindfulness for Healthy Living) - Sat 28 July 2018

    Come along if you're considering doing a course and would like to experience mindfulness first hand, or if you've already completed a mindfulness course and would like to support your on-going practice.

    With Lokadhi Lloyd, MA, PGDip (Mindfulness), PGDip (Psychosynthesis), BACP. There will be an opportunity to ask questions about mindfulness practice and courses.

    Please bring vegetarian lunch to share.

    Lokadhi has extensive experience and training in teaching mindfulness-based approaches. Please click here for more about Lokadhi, or click here
    for more about mindfulness training with Lokadhi.

    Sat 28 July 2018, 10.30-16.00
    With: Lokadhi
    Costs,
    £50
    £30 on benefits

    Open to All
    Booking required (20 places left)

    Dharma Day (Sun 29 July 2018)

    Programme tbc

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

    Iyengar Yoga monthly workshop (Aug 2018)

    These workshops offer an opportunity to work more deeply on your practice. You will learn and improve your understanding of the highly regarded Iyengar system of yoga with a highly regarded and popular teacher.

    All welcome to attend.

    Sun 5 Aug - 10:00-12:00
    With: Aubrey Maasdorp
    Costs,
    £20
    £15 concession

    Open to All
    Booking required

    Meditation Day: Just Sitting

    Just Sitting meditation, sometimes known as pure awareness, is one of the core Triratna meditation practices.

    This day retreat will introduce different ways into the practice and include led meditations with gentle movement and time for questions and exploration.

    Bring veggie food to share for lunch.

    Sun 12 Aug 2018
    10.00-17.00
    With: Karunagita
    Suggested donation £30/£15
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Scaravelli Inspired Yoga Intensives (Aug 2018)

    A chance to focus in more detail on the depth and scope of this style of yoga, guided by the pioneering work of Vanda Scaravelli.

    Suitable for students with some experience, we will dive into some more dynamic sequences and explore some stronger poses such as backbends and inversions to discover the joys and benefits that they can bring.

    With time to break down the progression towards more demanding poses so that the journey becomes accessible and enjoyable for all.'

    Sun 19 Aug - 10.00-13.00
    With: Anna Jones
    Costs,
    £36
    £24 concession

    Open to All
    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 (13 places left)

    Padmasambhava Day (Sun 16 Dec 2018)

    Programme tbc

    Sunday 16th September 2018
    With:
    By donation
    Open to All
    No booking required

    Sangha Day Festival (Sun 25 Nov 2018)

    Sunday 25th November 2018
    With:
    Open to All
    No booking required