Thursdays 7.00 for 7.30pm
Hosted by Singhamati and Team
At the heart of the Birmingham Buddhist Centre is a community of people that are exploring and practising Buddhism – this is the Sangha. Every Thursday night is Sangha Night, the night we come together each week to create a nourishing place of friendship, connection and depth, whilst enjoying collective meditation, Dharma and devotional practice. Like all of our events, Sangha Night will run on a donation basis.
The usual format will be: meditation, tea break, short talk on the theme then exploration of how these ancient teachings relate to our modern lives.
June is Buddhist Action Month
Every June Triratna Buddhist Centres across the world participate in Buddhist Action Month (BAM) and this year we are exploring Connecting for Change .
BAM gives us a precious opportunity to focus more explicitly on how Buddhist practice can positively affect the world and how we can actively participate in caring for it. We will be incorporating BAM into Sangha Night this month through the theme: Transforming Mind, Transforming World.
1 June: The World is on Fire: How Do We Respond? With Singhamati
The climate crisis, war, refugees, politicians or policies we don’t trust, the election, terrorism.… We live in a complex and often overwhelming and confusing world. How do we respond? What helps us respond creatively? Join us for an evening of cultivating metta and reflecting on how Buddhist values, such as awareness and kindness, can help us stay connected and engaged in these challenging times.
8 June: The Warm Road to Reality. Visiting Speaker: Paramabandhu
In association with his new book, Mindful Emotion: A Short Course in Kindness, Paramabandhu offers us an evening on metta. He will lead meditation and talk about the far-reaching implications of this fundamental Buddhist quality. Paramabandhu has lived and taught at the London Buddhist Centre for over 25 years. He is a public preceptor and a consultant psychiatrist. His third book, Mindful Emotion, written with Dr Jed Shamel, was published by Windhorse Publications this year.
15 June: Reflecting on the Refugee Crisis. With Maitrisara and Cait Hughes
How can we become more aware and respond with greater compassion and wisdom to the refugee crisis? How we can draw on our Dharma practice to respond to suffering of this kind? Through a short video, metta meditation and discussion we will explore this theme, trying to deepen our understanding about why people seek sanctuary, how we feel and how we can respond.
22 June: Sangha Summer Solstice Picnic – A Celebration of Abundance. Hosted by the Sangha Night Team.
You are warmly invited to join us for an evening praising the plenitude of Midsummer. Arrive from 7pm and bring yourself; some veggie/vegan food to share; and one of your favourite stories, poems or songs. Weather permitting we will spend the evening delighting in the beauty of the Buddhist Centre garden; enjoying spending time with friends old and new during the informal picnic and sharing in small groups; before finishing with a short devotional practice celebrating abundance.
29 June: The Play of Awakening. With Balajit
With all the busy-ness and heady stimulation of modern life it easy for us to lose contact with a felt sense of our own bodies. Yet the Buddhist tradition places awareness of the body and its movements, as core to the cultivation of mindfulness and awakening. This evening we will be exploring practical ways to become more embodied both on the cushion and in everyday life.