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 to create a 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 programme is usually: 7.30pm meditation, 8.20pm tea, 8.45pm talks and discussion, 9.45pm tidy up and finish.

You can find talks from previous seasons on our Talks Page.

2020: Year of Spiritual Friendship

13 February – In Conversation with Saddhanandi. Hosted by Singhamati

Don’t miss out on hearing Saddhanandi in conversation with Singhamati. They have been good friends for well over a decade and lived and worked together at Taraloka Retreat Centre for 7 years. Singhamati describes spiritual friendship as Saddhanandi’s superpower – she has been and is a friend to hundreds of people around Triratna. Come and learn from an expert about how to be a spiritual friend to others!  Saddhanandi is the current chair of Adhisthana and the former Chair of Taraloka – she’s been living in communities and working for Triratna for decades.

20 February – The Sigalovada Sutta. Talk by Saraha

Spiritual development doesn’t happen in a vacuum. We are social beings through and through. How we engage with each other is perhaps our most powerful tool of transformation. In the Sigalovada Sutta the Buddha explores the many types of relationships we have and helps us to see what is important, where our opportunities for improving society and our personal freedom intersect. Join Saraha for an imaginative exploration of the Sutta and reflection looking for the doors to freedom.

27 February – The Buddha and Ananda. Led by Shuddhakirti

In a conversation the Buddha admonishes Ananda by saying that ‘Spiritual friendship is the whole of the spiritual life’ in response to Ananda saying that it is only half of it. So how is spiritual friendship the whole of the spiritual life? What are the implications for us as Buddhists in Triratna? Shuddhakirti explores these questions in relation to the Buddha’s relationship to Ananda and his own experience in Triratna.

5 March – Meditation and Full Moon Puja 

Join us for a refreshing and inspiring evening of meditation and puja. Approximate timings are: 7.30pm meditation, 8.10pm leg stretch, 8.15pm puja, 9.10ish finish.

12 March – Maudgalyayana and Shariputra. Led by Singhamati

Maudgalyayana and Shariputra were two of the Buddha’s closest disciples. They had a deep spiritual friendship despite, or perhaps because of, their different strengths. Come and hear more about them, their friendship and relationship with the Buddha. Join Singhamati in an exploration of what we can learn from their example.

19 March – Celebrating Dhardo Rimpoche. A talk by Mahamati

Dhardo Rimpoche is known for his succinct and profound motto: “Cherish the doctrine; live united; radiate love.” During the 50s and 60s Dhardo Rimpoche was friend and teacher to Sangharakshita when he was living in Kalimpong, India. This month marks 30 years since the death of Dhardo Rimpoche – and Mahamati is visiting us specially to remember Dhardo Rimpoche and his friendship with Sangharakshita. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Mahamati, a member of the College of Public Preceptors, and hear more about the life and inspiration of Dhardo Rimpoche.

26 March. Ghatikara the Potter. Led by Bodhinita

How far would you go to persuade a friend to do what’s good for them? Join Bodhinita for an exploration of this question as illustrated in the story of two friends Ghatikara and Jotipala, taken from the Ghatikara Sutta.

2 April – Celebrating Triratna. Led by Singhamati

Join Singhamati for an evening celebrating 53 years of the Triratna Buddhist Community. An opportunity to reflect on the activities of Triratna worldwide and appreciate the context it offers for the transformation of ourselves and the world.

9 April – No Sangha Night: Birmingham Spring Retreat

16 April – Celebrating Veronica Toescu as she heads off to Spain for her ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order

Whether you know Veronica or not, please join us to mark this significant juncture in her life. Come and hear more about the significance of ordination and why she is taking this step. We will also take the opportunity to rejoice in the merits and good qualities of Veronica, sending her off on her ordination retreat at Akashavana with much metta and good wishes from the Birmingham sangha.