Sangha Night Drop in Class
Every Wednesday, 7pm to 9pm (doors open at 6:45pm)
Our Wednesday Sangha Nights are dedicated to supporting anyone wishing to experience and share the benefits of Buddhist practice. We are committed to strengthening the connection between personal practice and positive action in the world around us, and providing a welcoming and safe place for all those who want to participate. You are welcome here.
Our theme for 2019 is "Bringing Everything to the Path": How would it be if we could look at everything that happens in our world, including, or perhaps especially, the annoying or difficult things, but also the wonderful things, as tools to help us to wake up? Throughout the year we'll explore this question in a variety of ways.
Most evenings are informal and interactive. Introductions are followed by meditation and after the tea break there's usually a talk, workshop or discussion. No particular experience is required, though if you have not meditated before we recommend first attending one of our introductory classes. Suggested donation: $10–$5, or whatever you can afford. If you'd like a brief orientation please arrive before 7pm.
Sangha Night Classes
Bringing our Skills and Talents to the Path
This month as part of our "Bringing Everything to the Path" theme, Medhahshri is asking people in the Sangha to talk about their skills and talents and the ways they influence and are influenced by their spiritual path and practice.
May 1 - Danadasa: Bringing Faith on the Path
May 8 - Medhahshri: Moving from Knowledge to Wisdom: college teaching and Dharma practice
May 15 - Michaela: Sharing our skills & talents with confidence and love
May 22 - Acarasiddhi: Writing and the Path
May 29 - Viradhamma: Music, Dharma and the sound of the Cello
Buddhist Action Month
This month members of our community will talk about ways they bring their Buddhist practice to the world, and the world to their Buddhist practice.
June 5: Love in Action - Pete will look at some of the work of Thich Nhat Hahn.
June 12: The Dynamic Mandela, with Tejananda (taking a break from our June theme to make the most of Tejananda's visit - see also Day Retreat June 15)
In Triratna, our system of practice is a dynamic mandala of five principles. We progressively integrate mind and body, samatha and vipassana, and discover the power of skilful and positive mental states. Then, directly penetrating and dispelling our delusions, we open ever-more to the wonder of what is. Thus, at last, we can wake up to and be who and what we truly are.
On this Sangha Night we’ll take a somatic approach these five principles, that is, one based in the living energy of our body and being. Through being open to the energy of the body, and by becoming attuned its actual nature we’ll discover ways to “integrate” all five principles experientially into a single, embodied ’non-practice’ of Simply Being.
June 19: Dharma and Deep Ecology, with Mary and Mary
June 26: Ethical Consumption, with Hridayashri
Drop in any evening or come or the whole series.
Wednesdays 7pm to 9pm
July 3 and July 10: Practice nights: Meditation - how does it help us in bringing everything to the path?
July 17: Pete will talk about what he has learned from working for suicide prevention.
July 24 and 31: Stillness, Simplicity and Contentment: Mindfulness practice and workshops with special guest Paramabodhi. (see also day retreat July 20).
Drop in to any evening. Open to everyone.