Men-only activities enable men to practise Buddhism under the guidance of men Order members. If a man wishes to join the Triratna Buddhist Order, it will be largely on the basis of friendships with other more experienced men who can help him towards that step and one of them (his preceptor) will ordain him.
After a few series of Going Deeper classes (Tuesdays) or some months at Sangha Night (Thursdays) you may wish to join a group on a Wednesday evening to study the Foundation Course. An Order member will lead a group of 8-10, a situation which fosters the kind of trust and companionship that leads to progress and depth. Ask Dharmashalin (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to know more. (You may have to wait a few months for a place in a Wednesday group to become available.)
Following the Foundation Course is a 3-year course for Mitras. A Mitra (‘friend’) is someone who has made a commitment, at a special ceremony, to practise as a Buddhist in the Triratna Buddhist Community. There is more information about becoming a Mitra here. Please get in touch with Dharmashalin if you would like to talk about this.
Men’s DaySunday 28 October, 10.00am
The Power of the Lotus
Sunday 28 October, 10.00am-4.00pm
Led by Dharmashalin and Shuddhakirti. Bring vegan or vegetarian food to share. No charge – please make a donation.
Over two days in October we’ll be exploring the power of symbols, and how they can help us overcome opposites. The Lotus is a symbol of openness, acceptance, peace. Can we manifest those qualities without becoming passive and unengaged?
Mindfulness for MenStarts Friday 2 November 7.30pm
Where: At the Birmingham Buddhist Centre, 11 Park Road, Moseley, B13 8AB
When: Fridays 2 November-7 December 7.30-9.30pm (doors open at 7.00pm). Come when you can – great if you can come to all six sessions.
Cost: By donation, free if you’re a Carer.
What: A chance to come together with other men. Build an arsenal to help deal with life’s challenges. Learn skills to help deal with stress, listen deeply and communicate fearlessly.
Why: Inspired by the Movember foundation, this is an attempt to support men to face life’s challenges well. Some attitudes towards men and our own expectations of ourselves can make life harder than it needs to be. By communicating well and learning strategies we can improve our lives and from there have a more positive impact on those around us.
Men’s Weekend Retreat14-16 December, booking essential
A Dragon’s Eye View
Friday 14-Sunday 16 December
Led by Dharmashalin and Sangharuchi at Anybody’s Barn
By keeping an eye on Buddhist ideals in our daily lives we may find something far greater than our own little lives looking back.
Open to all men who have completed one of our introductory courses.
Cost: £100 (£65 concessions). Booking essential: Contact the Buddhist Centre office on 0121 449 5279 or email email@example.com.