Sangha Events

Sangha Evenings
Every Monday except Bank Holidays:
19:00 - 21:30
Some evenings start with a shared meal at 18:30 as indicated on event listing
Special Evenings
With the Sangha Night Team

Monday 18th March 2019

SANGHA EVENING: Transference of Merit and Self Surrender : exchanging self and other

Lalitaraja will lead an evening exploring the theme of exchanging self and other.

With: Lalitaraja, The Monday Night Team

Friday 22nd March 2019

Spring Equinox Celebration

We will mark the Spring Equinox with meditation, ritual and a puja to Green Tara. Celebrated as Ostara in pagan times, it has associations with the rebirth of the year and with fertility. It is a time of preparation for farmers. Back then it was tradition to bring seeds to be blessed.

The word blessing comes from the Old English blaedsian meaning to make sacred. You are encouraged to bring seeds - actual or conceptual - to be blessed as part of the puja. Whether they are flowers for the garden or intentions for our life to make them sacred as they take root and grow into our life.

With: Lalitaraja

Monday 25th March 2019

SANGHA EVENING: A Celebratory Sevenfold Puja bringing our theme to a close

Shakyasiddhi will lead a Celebratory Sevenfold Puja with musical accompaniment as the grande finale of our series of evenings on puja and ritual.

With: Shakyasiddhi, The Monday Night Team

Monday 1st April 2019

SANGHA EVENING: Introducing the Seven Factors of Awakening

The launch of our new Sangha Night theme: 'The Bodhyangas'. In the practice of the seven factors of awakening, seven ordinary capacities of the mind - mindfulness, investigation, energy, joy, tranquility, concentration, and equanimity - are developed into the path of awakening.
Lalitaraja will introduce the seven factors as a path and as a series of balancing factors.

With: Lalitaraja, The Monday Night Team

Monday 8th April 2019

SANGHA EVENING: Smrti- Mindfulness and Recollection

Khemananda will explore how Mindfulness is the key to sustaining a spiritual practice and fulfilling our purpose.

With: Khemananda, The Monday Night Team

Monday 15th April 2019

SANGHA EVENING: Smrti- Mindfulness and Recollection

Mindfulness – The Breath And The Body. Why does mindfulness start with body awareness? Why is the mindfulness of breathing such an important practice? Ratnaprabha will look back at the Buddha's teaching on mindfulness in the Anapanasati Sutta.

With: Ratnaprabha, The Monday Night Team

Monday 29th April 2019

SANGHA EVENING: Positive Experience of Practice

A symposium of short talks from Sangha people on their positive experience of practice.

With: The Monday Night Team

Monday 1st July 2019

I'll Meet You There - exploring empathy and communication with Shantigarbha.

Shantigarbha will introduce his book I'll Meet You There: a practical guide to empathy, mindfulness and communication and show how we connect with each other in the space that opens up when we let go of our ideas of good and bad, right and wrong. To empathise with others, we need to learn how to empathise with ourselves, so that when we reach out, we do so from the inside out.
The evening will include a guided reflection from the book, stories embodying empathy from the life of the Buddha and practical exercises to help develop listening skills.
Shantigarbha is a certified Nonviolent Communication trainer.

With: The Monday Night Team

At The North London Buddhist Centre
By donation
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

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

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 1 Mar, 5 Apr, 3 May, 7 Jun, 5 July, 2 Aug, 6 Sep, 4 Oct, 1 Nov and 6 Dec 2019
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:

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: TBC

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

Spring into Action - A Working Day Retreat (Mon 6 May - 1st Bank Holiday)

You are warmly invited to a mindful and companionable practice day. We will be meditating and working together throughout the day.

You can come for the full day or arrive at 10.00 for the morning session, or between 13.00-14.00 for the afternoon session. Sitting down work available.

Programme
10.00 – Doors open
10.30 – 13.00 Periods of meditation & work
13.00 – Doors re-open
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch break (lunch provided)
14.00 – 16.30 Periods of meditation & work

Monday 6 May 2019
10.30-16.30
doors open at 10.00 and 13.00
lunch provided
With: NLBC Centre Team
Free event.
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 16 Mar, 20 Apr, 18 May, 15 June, 20 July, 17 aug, 21 Sept, 19 Oct, 16 Nov and 21 Dec 2019
With: Sub35 team
Free. Donations welcome.
Open to All
No booking required

Buddha Day Festival (Sun 19 May 2019)

Join us to celebrate the Buddha’s enlightenment with our Buddha Day festival.

Programme tbc

With:
By donation
Open to All
No booking required