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 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 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.

New theme for 2019: Skillful Action -“Cease to do Evil, Learn to do Good, Purify the Heart!”

If you missed the launch talk where Singhamati introduced the new theme, or would like to listen again, it’s here.

11 April.  Visiting speaker: Kalyanaprabha.  Talk: Learn to do Good – but what is ‘Good’?

The Buddha’s teaching was ‘Cease to do Evil, Learn to do Good, Purify the Heart’ – but how do we know – or discover – what is Good?  Join Kalyanaprabha for a thought-provoking evening exploring this question. Kalyanaprabha will be known to some of you from her years living in Birmingham.  Please join us to give her a warm welcome as she visits us for the evening to share her years of experience and deep love of the Dharma.

18 April.  No Sangha Night during the Birmingham Spring Retreat.

 

The Mandala of the Five Buddhas: Transforming the Poisons into the Wisdoms

What are the five poisons? How can we transform them into the five wisdoms? Join us for a rich exploration of these questions through the symbolism of the Mandala of the Five Buddhas: Akshobhya, Ratnasambhava, Amitabha, Amoghasiddhi and Vairochana. 

 25 April. Akshobhya: Transforming Hatred into the Mirror-like Wisdom. Led by Visiting Speaker: Vajrapriya

Vajrapriya is kindly visiting us for the evening from Shrewsbury. Vajrapriya means lover of diamond wisdom or he who’s love is like a diamond. He has a keen mind and a warm heart, what better person to talk about transforming hatred into wisdom. Please do join us to give him a warm welcome.

2 May. Ratnasambhava: Transforming Pride into the Wisdom of Equality. Led by Shuddhakirti.

9 May. Amitabha: Transforming Craving into the Discriminating Wisdom. Led by Pasannamati.

16 May. Full Moon Puja. Led by Sagarashri

23 May. Amoghasiddhi: Transforming Envy into the Wisdom of Perfected Action. Leader TBC.

30 May. Vairochana: Transforming Ignorance into the All-Accomplishing Wisdom. Leader TBC.