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.
Meditating around the Mandala
Having explored the ‘Five Aspects of the Dharma Life’ through talks and workshops, next we will be ‘Meditating around the Mandala’ – exploring each of the aspects through meditation. A precious opportunity to deepen your meditation practice – as the days grow shorter and the nights draw in this is the perfect time of year to turn inwards towards meditation. See you there!
New timings for the “Meditating around the Mandala” Series evenings:
7.35pm: Meditation and input
8.20pm: Silent leg stretch
8.30pm: Meditation with input or a puja
9.15pm: Stay on for a cup of tea or an early night
8 November. Meditating around the Mandala: Integration, led by Balajit
Do you ever find yourself pulled in directions? “I want to apply for this job and I’m so afraid I feel unable apply.” “I want to be peaceful and calm when I sit and part of me wants to keep fantasising and then another part keeps criticising the fact I’m doing that.” Buddhist practice can help us embrace the different forces within us and cultivate a growing inner sense of harmony, clarity and purpose. We learn how to integrate – join Balajit for an evening exploring how we do this theoretically and experientially.
15 November. Meditating around the Mandala: Positive Emotion, led by Dharmashalin
The metta bhavana: doing it, is doing it. The metta bhavana can seem complicated, we can be unsure of what we’re meant to be doing or whether it is ‘working’. Come and explore how you can draw more confidence from your intentions; the simple fact that we bring others to mind is it. That is openness and stepping out of self concern. We’ll also be looking at self metta as appreciative awareness as well as how we manifest metta in our daily lives.
22 November. Meditating around the Mandala: Spiritual Death led by Shuddhakirti
Spiritual death: meditating on the nature of Reality – a taste of freedom! Join Shuddhakirti for an evening of meditation and reflection with short workshops and longer meditations.
29 November. Meditating around the Mandala: Spiritual Rebirth, led by Khemadana
The Buddha was the shower of the way. But the way to where? Spiritual rebirth, the final stage of the five aspects of Dharma life and therefore the culmination of our spiritual journey, is the answer to that great mystery that we can only truly know upon gaining Enlightenment. But Puja can give us a glimpse of a glimpse of that experience by collectively setting up the conditions for the arising of the Bodhicitta, the will to Enlightenment to which we aspire. So we will be engaging in the poetic beauty of the Bodhicitta Puja. Let go your mind, open your heart, and dive in!
6 December. Visiting Speaker: Shantigarbha talking about his new book “I’ll Meet You There”
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” (Rumi). Shantigarbha has many years of experience of practising and teaching Non-Violent Communication and empathy skills, which he explains and explores very well in his new book. Join him to hear more and pick up some top tips on developing more effective communication and empathy skills – a gift to yourself and the world!
13 December. Meditating around the Mandala: Receptivity led by Singhamati
It is said that after the Buddha’s Enlightenment he spent a week sitting beneath and gazing at the Bodhi Tree. We often forget or don’t feel able to make space to just sit and stare, to look inside and ask ourselves how we are, what is important and needed now. This practice of receptivity is crucial in the spiritual lives to absorb what has happened and listen deeply. Join Singhamati for an evening of meditation and deep listening.
20 December. Winter Sangha Solstice Gathering
Join us for our biannual Sangha Gathering – an evening of sharing food, friendship, talents and ritual. Bring yourself, friends and family (children very welcome) and veggie / vegan food to share. There will be a short open mic slot during the evening too, so if you would like to share a poem or a song please contact Singhamati ahead of time to book your slot (firstname.lastname@example.org).