Hosted by Singhamati and Team
In the light of public health guidance, we have suspended our classes at the Buddhist Centre for the time being. Sangha Night continues online at birminghambuddhistcentreonline.org with an amended programme.
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.
You can find talks from previous seasons on our Talks Page.
2020: Year of Spiritual Friendship
This programme of events has been suspended for the time being – Sangha Night has moved online.
23 April – Finding Wiring for Friendship. Led by Balajit
For many of us friendship, particularly where there are shared spiritual ideas, is an attractive ideal. But in reality we may be too stressed to give time for deepening connections with others or not actually feel like reaching out, preferring instead to largely retreat and keep ourselves to ourselves. This evening will explore what these responses and others may reveal about how our nervous system is functioning, and how we can use this understanding to deepen our capacity, to reap the rich benefits of close personal connections.
30 April – Spiritual Friends as Companions on the Path. Led by Shuddhakirti
More details to follow.
7 May – 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.
14 May – Mitra Ceremonies Celebration!
Join us to witness people becoming Mitras (friends of the Triratna Buddhist Order), a significant step where people make a public commitment to practising as Buddhists in this community. Join us for an evening of celebration. Approximate timings are: 7.30pm meditation, 8.00pm leg stretch, 8.05pm Mitra Ceremonies, 9.15ish tea and cake!
21 May – Visiting Speaker: Kalyanaprabha. ‘The Noble Mind’s Delight’: Two Friendships of the Western World and Buddhists of Today
The German poets Goethe and Schiller in Weimar; the novelists Vera Brittain and Winifred Holtby in post-war London…. What was significant about the friendships between these men and women, and what does their example have to offer Buddhists of today? Don’t miss this talk from Kalyanaprabha, which promises to be a thought-provoking and interesting reflection on the theme friendship from a unique angle.