Young Buddhists (sub-30s)

Monthly Online Meet-up and Meditation: What is the point of devotional practice?

Friday 14 May 7.00-9.00pm

A monthly online meeting for anyone under 30 who has attended the Birmingham Buddhist Centre or the University Meditation Society.
Hosted by Matty, Cara, Lucy & Friends.
Join our young Buddhist evening for three short talks on rituals, devotional practice and how it has affected our lives. We will be looking deeper into mantras, shrines and our first experience of puja.
We will have an evening of discussion, meditation and friendship. There may even be a bit of mantra too!

Sub-30s IRL Gathering

Sunday 23 May from 12 noon in Cannon Hill Park (bandstand)

We know how much everyone is looking forward to meeting in person so we are planning an in-person social in the park – bring your own picnic.
Please bring rugs/blankets, your own food and any park games or activities. 

You can also stay in touch through our Facebook page.

You may also be interested in the Triratna Young Buddhists webpage and the Triratna Young Buddhists retreat calendar.

University of Birmingham Buddhist Meditation Society

We meet online Wednesday afternoons (during term time) 3.00-5.00pm. Check the Facebook page for details.

Come along if you want to learn meditation, explore Buddhist ideas about life and how to live well, if you want to meditate with others, or if you’re simply feeling a bit stressed out and wonder if meditation might help.

Free and friendly society. Run by students at the University with support of teachers from the Birmingham Buddhist Centre.

 

Buddha Day Walks

29, 30 and 31 May
Three Walking Day Retreats to Celebrate Buddha Day
Saturday 29, Sunday 30 and Bank Holiday Monday 31 May
Led by Sagarasri and Maitrisara
Buddha Day is such a significant festival to us. But under COVID restrictions, we won’t be able to interact indoors, making it difficult to see how we can hold a festival at the Buddhist Centre. So we had an idea for an outdoors festival – a walking one. And over three days – 29, 30 and 31 May. This is a way to spend time with each other in beautiful countryside at a wonderful time of year.

How will it work? 

This is a yatra, a sacred walk. Walking connects us with the Buddha who spent a lot of his life walking. At three points during the day, we will stop, rest and hear a story about the Buddha. After each story, we will mindfully and silently walk for about 20 minutes in single file, reflecting on what we’ve heard and practising mindfulness of walking. Between the silent walking sections, we can interact and communicate.

Here is a little video from one of the locations where we will stop, next to a river near Offchurch.

The walks are:
Saturday 29 May A lush and large woodland with a medieval history near Bromsgrove.
Sunday 30 May A country park and nature reserve on the edge of Leamington Spa and a walk to a local village for those that want to (and back along a canal).

Details on the short part of the Sunday walk: Hard (non-tarmac), level and wide path suitable for wheelchairs, mobility scooters and pushchairs. 1.5 miles round trip. No steps. Toilets at car park (including accessible toilets). Please contact the Buddhist Centre office if you need to know more. 

Monday 31 May Up on the wooded hillside and heathland above a pretty village called Elmley Castle near Evesham .

Each walk is 4-5 miles though on Sunday some may like to stay around the country park where there is also a children’s play area. While others might like to walk to a local village and back that day. 

All the details are here. The group size is capped at 30 for each walk, so do book soon if you’d like to come. Book here.