Sangha Night

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.

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

with Danadasa
Starts on Wed, Jul 11, 2018
Repeats every week until Wed Jul 25 2018.

In this Buddhist path of transformation, how we relate to practice has a profound effect upon what unfolds. How do we relate to the idea of path and goal? How do we relate to effort? How do we relate to not knowing? During this 3 week series, Danadasa will explore what is meant by a wise relationship to practice through the perspective of the 5 spiritual faculties: mindfulness, conviction, energy, meditation, and discernment. 

All are welcome. Come to the whole series or drop in to any of the 3 evenings. Suggested donation $10 to $5 or whatever you can afford.

Please note that the Center will be closed on Wednesday July 4th .

Cultivating stillness, joy, and insight through meditation
Starts on Wed, Aug 1, 2018
Repeats every week until Wed Sep 05 2018 except Wed Aug 08 2018.

During the month of August, we will be focusing on meditation practice. We will explore meditations that calm the mind (samatha) and that lead to insight (vipassana), as well as ritual & devotion and the dynamics of activity and receptivity. Each evening will include a double sit and a brief talk on a particular aspect of meditation. 

Feel free to come to the whole series or drop in to any evening.  

A Practical Guide to Empathy, Mindfulness and Communication, with Shantigarbha, visiting from the UK
Starts on Wed, Sep 12, 2018

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.

‘An excellent book on empathy that teases out the centrality of this value in Buddhism  as the foundation for the cultivation of compassion and loving-kindness.’ – Stephen Batchelor, Buddhist teacher and author.

Shantigarbha has been studying and teaching Non Violent Communication for many years.  On this Sangha Night he will introduce and read from his recently published new book.

On Saturday Sep 15 he will also lead a workshop based on his book. 

An Urban Retreat with Vajradarshini
Starts on Wed, Sep 19, 2018
Repeats every week every Wednesday until Wed Oct 03 2018. Also includes Sat Sep 22 2018.

Where Dharma meets Art with Vajradarshini 

“Our meditation doesn't stay on the cushion. We are a studio and a laboratory, testing new ways to view life. Evoking curiosity and playfulness. Looking for meaning. Finding beauty.”

In September this year Vajradarshini will lead 3 weeks of urban exploration of “Buddhism in a creative package”. 

Vajradarshini has been teaching and leading retreats since 1997. “In all that time the aspect of practice that I loved the most was bringing the Buddhist teachings together with art. Something would happen, the art illuminated the dharma and the dharma illuminated the art.” She currently lives in Sweden.