Dharma Arts

These activities are for anyone. Not just people who meditate. Certainly not just for Buddhists. We aim to create a space where you can develop your skills and creativity.

It’s not about being a good artist, it is about looking and responding. Perhaps most important is to renounce your excuses and inhibitions, and commit this moment, or this life, to wholehearted playfulness.

Poetry Writing Classes with Roz Goddard

Sundays 5 March, 30 April and 4 June, 10.00am – 12.30pm

Do you write poetry? Would you like to write poetry? Join Roz Goddard for a series of Sunday morning poetry workshops at the Birmingham Buddhist Centre.

Open to new and experienced poets alike, there will be an opportunity to read, write and share your work with others in a friendly environment.

Free to attend but please do make a donation to the Buddhist Centre. Places limited to 12 – book a place on each of the classes you would like to join by calling the Buddhist Centre office on 0121 449 5279.

Roz Goddard is a teacher, poet and former poet laureate of Birmingham. She has published four collections of poetry and was awarded an Arts Council England bursary to work on her next collection of poems. Work from her last collection of poems, “The Sopranos Sonnets and Other Poems” featured on BBC R3’s The Verb.

Life Drawing

1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, 2.00 – 4.30pm

A drop-in class. Open to all.

Developing openness, looking and responding to what is before you.

Bring own materials for drawing, painting, sculpting… There will be instruction or suggestion on hand most weeks for those that wish it. There will be opportunity to let the spirit of mindfulness and meditation inspire your creativity.

A combination of short dramatic or unusual poses and longer studies

We are looking for more models (all ages and sexes, required only to sit still)

No charge – but please make a donation

5th Sunday of the month, 2.00-4.30pm

The drawing group will meet at the Buddhist Centre then go off to draw in Moseley, returning to share work towards the end of the session.

Dharma (or Buddhism) is an engagement with ethics, meditation and wisdom, the goal being to appreciate things as they truly are. Paying kindly and critical attention to how others see and live in the world can help us to step out of our habits of perception and opinion.
Participating in the Arts is a important aspect of this endeavour to see ourselves in our world with clear, fresh eyes. And this brings the taste of freedom and leads to open, kind and more creative living.