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, where we come together each week to create a nourishing place of friendship, connection and depth, whilst enjoying collective meditation, Dharma and devotional practice. Like most of our events, it is run on a donation basis.
The timings for Sangha Night are flexible depending on the evening but the usual structure is: 35 minute meditation; tea break; input and discussion.
You can find talks from previous seasons on our Talks Page.
22 March. Visiting Speaker: Saraha on “Faith, a Personal Exploration in Living”
Saraha is an old friend of the Buddhist Centre will be known to many of you. He taught at the Buddhist Centre for over a decade and for many years was also the Men’s Mitra Convenor. He lives at the EcoDharma Centre in Spain, where this month he will soon be immersed in a month-long meditation retreat with the resident community. So he’ll be visiting us fresh from the mountains and the depths of silence and meditation to share his exploration of the rich theme of faith.
29 March. No meeting – we’re on the Birmingham Spring Retreat.
Theme – Faith: The Fire of the Dharma Life!
5 April. Advice from the Lotus Born: Metaphors and Moments of Faith, with Dharmashalin
“Faith is like a man’s hands: it gathers the roots of virtue.” Padmasambhava
Metaphors, like fingers pointing at the moon, they aren’t it, but they can help us explore and discover our own experience. Join Dharmashalin for an interactive evening evoking the shape, size and feel of faith through the words and images of Padmasambhava.
12 April. What Faith Means to Me, with Shuddhakirti and Dayakarini
Personal talks are a gift, a snapshot into the heart and mind of another, and an open and honest exploration of someone’s journey for the benefit of others. Come and hear two short personal talks from Shuddhakirti and Dayakarini about what faith means to them now and how that has unfolded over their many years of practice. With time afterwards for discussion.
19 April. Trusting the True Refuges, with Khemadana
Trust is an integral step to developing faith, but understanding what it is and how we practise it can sometimes be a little elusive. Join Khemadana for an interactive evening exploring what trust is, how we do it (and why we don’t) and why we can trust the True Refuges of the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.
26 April. Visiting Speaker, Paramartha: “Standing before them, with hands raised in reverence….”
Faith and confidence (sraddha) are essential to our practice of the Dharma and we need to engage both the head and the heart. It is said that faith acts as the doorway through which all positive qualities manifest. Join Paramartha who will take a look at the Garava Sutta, in the course of which he will share some personal reflections on the place that faith and reverence play in our spiritual lives.
3 May. Being with the Buddha: A devotional evening dedicated to Shakyamuni, with Singhamati
An opportunity to call to heart and mind the Buddha, to enact our faith, and savour, soak up and surrender ourselves to the practices of meditation, listening to Dharma texts and puja. Whether you consider yourself a devotional person or not, a lover of puja or not, do join us to see what opens up in this space.
10 May. Visiting Speakers: Sanghamani and Erika Narkiewicz: ‘The Alchemy of Faith through Action’
Taking part in a six-week fundraising Karuna appeal can be a transformative and insightful experience. Sometimes we start without faith, sometimes we discover it like a hidden gem and at other times it imbues all we encounter. Wherever we start, an appeal is a precious opportunity to strengthen our faith in our capacity to learn about ourselves, to change and to connect more fully with others. Join us to hear personal stories of the alchemy of faith through action.
Sanghamani and Erika work for the Karuna Trust, a Triratna-based charity which, inspired by Buddhist values, exists to end caste-based discrimination, poverty and inequality in India and Nepal. Their work focuses on education, gender equality and dignified livelihoods, transforming communities and society. www.karuna.org
17 May. Poetry and Writing: A means for exploring and expressing the Dharma life, with Singhamati and Roz Goddard
Poetry can help us explore and express our experience, whether that is through writing or reading it. Perhaps you don’t consider yourself someone who writes or reads poetry, or perhaps you’re an inspired poet or poetry enthusiast – either way this evening is for you. We will meditate, read poems, share short personal stories about how poetry supports our spiritual lives, as well as giving opportunities for discussion and some exploratory writing exercises. Join Roz, a fantastic poet and poetry teacher, and Singhamati, who doesn’t consider herself a poet or poetry expert, to explore how poetry and writing can support you on your journey.
24 May. Theme and speaker TBC
31 May. Visiting Speaker: Vajragupta on his new book – Wild Awake: Alone, Offline and in Nature