Sangha Night

Thursdays 7.00 for 7.30pm

At the heart of the Birmingham Buddhist Centre is a community of people exploring and practising Buddhism – this is our sangha.  Every Thursday night is Sangha Night, when we come together to create a nourishing place of friendship, connection and depth, while enjoying the Dharma and collective meditation and devotional practice.

Our vision is to place a special emphasis on being and building a vibrant sangha heart.  If you would like to hear more about this vision and how you can be a part of it click here to listen to a recent talk given by Singhamati (Chair of the Birmingham Buddhist Centre) on this theme.

A typical Sangha Night will run as follows: short meditation, main activity, tea break, workshop/groups/ritual. However, this may be adjusted on devotional evenings or other special occasions, depending on the leader. Come along from 7.00pm, meet the leaders for the evening and the support team, and ask your questions about meditation and Buddhism.

Like all our events at the Birmingham Buddhist Centre Sangha Night will run on a donation basis.  For more information on giving, including how to set up regular giving, click here.

What’s On in February….

2 February: Talk – What Sangha means to me. By Karunavajra.

In February 1975, 42 years ago, Sangharakshita gave a short series of talks in New Zealand, one of which was entitled ‘The Meaning of Spiritual Community‘. Karunavajra will revisit this talk to help him clarify what the sangha means to him, based on his 35 years of contact with the Triratna Buddhist Community. The talk will seek to give some answers to the questions – Who are the members of the Spiritual Community?, Where is the Spiritual Community to be found? and, particularly, What do members of the Spiritual Community do –  do for themselves, do for one another, and even, do for the world?

9 February: Devotional Evening – Puja dedicated to Akshobhya led by Mahasiddhi.

Akshobyha: the imperturbable, deep blue Buddha of the eastern realm; with his mirror-like wisdom and earth-touching mudra that transforms hatred into love. Come and join Mahasiddhi for a magical devotional evening exploring and paying reverence to the qualities of Akshobhya. You are invited to wear or bring something blue with you.

16 February: Talk – Revering the doctrine: On discipline and discipleship. By Alokavira.

What does it mean to go for refuge to the Dharma? What separates the Buddhist path from do-it-yourself alternative pop spirituality? On what basis do we make our choices and, if we take our practice seriously, what is the relationship between ethical and spiritual discipline and discipleship? Come and be inspired by Alokavira and his passionate and dynamic energy.

23 February: The Karuna Trust – Being a Bodhisattva in the City.  By Sanghamani.

The Karuna Trust, an independent charity run by members of the Triratna Buddhist Community, exists to end caste-based discrimination, poverty and inequality in India and Nepal. Want to find out more and hear about how you can engage in heroic compassionate activity that can transform your self and the world? Join the warm and inspiring Sanghamani for an evening exploring the radical practice of Karuna fundraising.

Catch up on previous Sangha Night Talks….

Missed last week and want to catch up?  Click here to go to the Birmingham page of Free Buddhist Audio to listen to the latest talks.

Sangha Night Programme: January–April 2017

Theme: Appreciating the Birmingham Sangha

 An exciting programme based on the inspirations of our Birmingham sangha.

January
12 Launch: Thursday Night is Sangha Night Singhamati
19 Talk: Sangha and the Threefold Path of Ethics, Meditation and Insight Jayabodhi
26 Mitra Talks: The Transformational Practice of Going on Retreat
February
2 Talk: What Sangha Means to Me? Karunavajra
9 Devotional Evening: Puja Mahasiddhi
16 Talk: Revering the Doctrine – On Discipline and Discipleship Alokavira
23 The Karuna Trust: Being a Bodhisattva in the City Sanghamani
March
2 Mudita: Rejoicing and Appreciating the Sangha Kulajalini and Singhamati
9 The Sangha Sings: Workshop and Choir Performance Maitrisara and Vipulakirti
16 Devotional Evening: Exploring Amitabha Sthirabandhu
23 The Significance of Ordination: Sending off Dave Whip Dharmashalin
30 Talk: Into Great Silence – The Radical Practice of Sangha Paramartha
April
6 Devotional Evening: Puja Singhamati
13 Reflection Evening Khemadana
20 The Big Birmingham Retreat 14-21 April: No Sangha Night