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 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.

 

 

30 August. Total Immersion Meditation Evening, led by Singhamati

Longing for an evening of meditation? Looking for an opportunity to go deeper, to really listen to how you are and reconnect with what is important to you? Are you finding that even though you long for this space it’s really hard to settle to it at home on your own? A myriad of things take our attention away: jobs, telephone calls, facebook, movies.…  Collective practice supports us to go deeper.  Join us for an evening of sitting and walking meditation practice, ending with a short puja. (The evening will run from 7.30-9.20pm with no tea break but with the option to stay for tea at the end).

6 September. The Buddhist Way, with Nagapriya

Nagapriya was born in the UK in 1969. While studying for a degree in philosophy he began practising with the Triratna Buddhist Community and was ordained in 1992. In 2013 he moved to Mexico and helped found el Centro Budista de Cuernavaca, where he is currently Director, as well as a publishing company dedicated to sharing Buddhist teachings in the Spanish-speaking world.

Nagapriya is author of a number of books including Exploring Karma and Rebirth, Visions of Mahayana Buddhism and now The Buddhist Way. Hear him talk about his new book which offers an insightful overview of the Buddhist path, highlighting key teachings, practices, and historical developments. It will also be a great opportunity to hear more about the Triratna sangha in Mexico.

Diving Deep into the Five Aspects of the Dharma Life

13 September. The Five Aspects: A Guide to the Dharma Life, led by Singhamati

The five aspects of the Dharma life (integration, positive emotion, spiritual death, spiritual rebirth and receptivity) are a map to guide our spiritual life. Join Singhamati for an interactive evening exploring this excellent map that can guide us forward and deeper in leading more conscious, aware, openhearted and connected lives.

20 September. Integration, led by Sagarasri

Why is integration an important aspect of the Dharma life? How do we live with the tension between our ideals and our day-to-day experience? Can we connect more fully with ourselves, those around us and the physical world? Come and explore this essential theme with Sagarasri.

27 September.  Positive Emotion, led by Jnanaketu

Love [metta is] … a going out of our own nature, and an identification of ourselves with the beautiful which exists in thought, action, or person, not our own.  Shelley

Metta is a leap of imagination beyond ourselves and our self-preoccupation, which identifies with that which is beautiful in another. Jnanaketu will explain how the whole of the System of Practice is contained in metta, compassion, joy and equanimity.

4 October. Spiritual Death: Life’s Challenges – A Downfall or an Opportunity for Insight? led by Shuddhakirti

How do we respond to life’s challenges? Has the Dharma helped us to be better prepared to deal with life’s challenges? Have you had any ‘aha’ moments when it’s as though ‘the light shines through’, and you feel that you have had a deeper perspective on life? Shuddhakirti in a short talk contrasts our worldly responses to life’s challenges with the Dharmic perspectives and guides us in delving into these questions.

11 October.  A Dharma Revolution: Celebrating the Work of Dr Ambedkar, led by Vipulakirti and Shantisthana

In the reign of Emperor Ashoka the whole of India was Buddhist. His path to the throne was barbaric but, following a period of great remorse, he became a Buddhist and his reign was marked by concern for the welfare of all citizens! This remained for a thousand years, but for various complex reasons Buddhism declined in India and virtually died out. The answers to why this was and how it has revived again, due mainly to the efforts of one man, Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, is the topic of this evening. Each year Shantisthana and Vipulakirti go to India to take part in the ‘Dhamma Kranti’, the Dharma Revolution started by Dr Ambedkar. Tonight they will share with us what inspires them to do this.

18 October. Spiritual Rebirth, led by Paramartha

As a lotus flower is born in water, grows in water and rises out of water to stand above it unsoiled, so I, born in the world, raised in the world having overcome the world, live unsoiled by the world. Dona Sutta

The practice of the Dharma offers the possibility of a radically transformed life – a rebirth of mind, heart and being that arises from the depths of spiritual realisation. Paramartha will give a short talk exploring the nature of spiritual rebirth and lead a discussion on its significance in our day to day lives as Buddhist practitioners.

25 October. Puja with Mitra Ceremonies

Join us for this celebratory evening witnessing new members of our community making this commitment to practising Buddhism and becoming Mitras (friends) of the Triratna Buddhist Community. This simple yet meaningful ritual takes place in the content of a Threefold Puja.

1 November. The Art of Receptivity, led by Maitrisara

Modern city life can be permeated with messages based on achieving and trying, and we can start to apply these attitudes to everything we do, including our Dharma life. But sometimes we just need to let go and open to the influences of the Dharma, allowing what’s beneficial to have its effect without looking for a result or a specific outcome. This evening will include meditation, a short talk and discussion as we look at the importance of receptivity in the art of living a Dharma life.