Sangha Night

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 programme is usually:

7.30pm Meditation, 8.20pm Tea, 8.45pm Talks and Discussion, 9.45pm Tidy up and finish.

You can find talks from previous seasons on our Talks Page.

New theme for 2019: Skillful Action -“Cease to do Evil, Learn to do Good, Purify the Heart!”

If you missed the launch talk where Singhamati introduced the new theme, or would like to listen again, it’s here.

24 January. Working in the World: Transforming Evil into Good, a Buddhist Perspective. Led by Shantiprabha

Shantiprabha will explain briefly what Bodhisattvas are, and how they develop purity of mind through their development of the Six Perfections. He will also help us consider how we may take this spirit with us into our interactions with the world.

31 January. Learning to do Good, led by Singhamati

When asked “What is the most fundamental Buddhist practice?” people often reply mindfulness, loving kindness or meditation. But traditionally the basic Buddhist virtue is said to be generosity. Join Singhamati for an interactive evening on the fundamental and profound practice of giving in its many aspects, and with its potential to change the way we relate to the world, bringing us greater freedom and greater connection.

7 February. Purifying the Heart, led by Singhamati

What does “purification” mean? What are we purifying ourselves of? How do we do that? Singhamati will lead an interactive evening to explore these exciting questions where we can reflect deeply on our own personal process of purifying the heart.

14 February. Puja dedicated to Shakyamuni, led by Balajit

Join Balajit for a practice evening of meditation and puja. An opportunity to express our gratitude to the Buddha for the teachings that inspire and guide us away from suffering and towards a more awakened perspective. The timings for the evening will be: 7.30pm Meditation, 8.20pm Leg stretch, 8.30pm Puja, 9.15pm Tea or an early night.

 

Exploring the Precepts: Personal Practice and Perspectives

The first series in our new theme takes us deeper into the practice of ethics. Each week after meditation we will have the privilege of hearing two short personal talks from members of our sangha who will share their practice of and perspective on one of the precepts.  This will be followed by discussion in small groups where we can explore further how we ourselves can deepen our practice of ethics.

21 February. The First Precept: “I undertake the training principle of abstaining from taking life. With deeds of loving-kindness, I purify my body.”

28 February. The Second Precept: “I undertake the training principle of abstaining from taking the not-given. With open-handed generosity, I purify my body.”

7 March. Singhamati launches a NEW project – come and hear more.

14 March. The Third Precept: “I undertake the training principle of abstaining from sexual misconduct. With stillness, simplicity and contentment, I purify my body.”

21 March. The Fourth Precept: “I undertake the training principle of abstaining from false speech. With truthful communication, I purify my speech.”

28 March. The Fifth Precept: “I undertake the training principle of abstaining from taking intoxicants. With mindfulness clear and radiant, I purify my mind.”

 

4 April. Puja led by Singhamati

11 April.  Visiting speaker: Kalyanaprabha

Kalyanaprabha will be known to some of you from her years living in Birmingham. Please join us to give her a warm welcome as she visits to share her many years of experience and deep love of the Dharma.