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.

 

 

19 July. Meditating on Faith, with Sagarasri
Faith is sometimes spoken of as ‘placing the heart upon’ but who or what do we place our heart upon? How does our understanding of Buddhist teachings affect us?  What does faith look like in our everyday lives? Sagarasri will guide us in an evening exploring faith through meditation.

26 July. What’s App’ening? with Balajit
Are we resigned to stress and anxiety? What do we turn to when in its grasp? The Buddha recognised how prone we humans are to such states and offered a radical powerful medicine. Do we dare accept it?

2 August. A devotional evening dedicated to Green Tara, with Singhamati
Green Tara: saviouress, fearless protector, heart of compassion, midnight star…. Join us for an evening of devotional practice celebrating and calling forth Green Tara, the Bodhisattva of compassion – awakening fearlessness and generosity in responding to the cries of our own hearts and the world.

9 August.  Transforming Self and World: The power of sangha, with Shuddhakirti

Being able to explore together our deepest heartfelt wishes with like-minded people. Feeling empowered to make a difference. Shuddhakirti will give a short talk followed by discussion in small groups with questions: How do we benefit from the sangha? What can we offer the world as part of the sangha both individually and collectively?

16 August.  Wake Up Mummy! The Potential for Liberation in Family Life, with Amaladhi

What does an effective Buddhist practice look like as a parent amid a family household life? How do we keep alive our values and bring them to the joys and challenges of parenting? Join Amaladhi, visiting us from Brighton, for an inside view of life as a Order member and parent of her young and energetic son, to hear more about how she engages with parenting as a practice. Whether you are a parent or not you’ll be welcome for this thought-provoking exploration of the vast potential of parenting as a context for fully living the Dharma life.

23 August.  Sending Cait Hughes off to be ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order
In September Cait Hughes will make the auspicious journey to Akashavana in Spain to join a two-week retreat during which she will be ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order. What does it mean to make that commitment? Why is this auspicious and significant? Come and hear more and help us celebrate Cait and send her off with much metta and well wishing from our Sangha. All are welcome.

30 August.  TBC

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.