Special Events

Each year we aim to offer a variety of arts and special interest events to include the whole community. 

Special Events

Marking Black History Month Feb 2019
Fri, Feb 15, 2019

Friday Feb 15, 7pm 

"13th", 2016, Documentary, Directed by Ava DuVernay.

Rotten Tomatoes: "The title of Ava DuVernay's extraordinary and galvanizing documentary refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States." The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis."

The Guardian: "Ava DuVernay’s incendiary film is a wakeup call that steers clear of broad brush Michael Moorisms to offer a brutal analysis of race and the law in the US"

See full review.

10am to 4pm, with Danadasa
Sat, Feb 16, 2019

How would it be if we could look at everything that happens in our world, including, or perhaps especially, the annoying or difficult things, as tools to help to wake up?  In February we'll explore this question in many different ways as we kick off our 2019 theme - Bringing Everything to the Path - with this Day Retreat and a new Sangha Night Series

Buddhist Ethics - it's not about being good.

When you yourselves know: "These things are bad; these things are blamable; these things lead to harm and ill," abandon them.'

When you yourselves know: 'These things are good; these things are not blamable; these things lead to benefit and happiness,' enter on and abide in them.

The Buddha

The trajectory of our lives is shaped by our habitual actions. Where are our habitual actions leading us? And is this where we want to go? Please join us as we explore these questions and more on this day retreat.

These monthly day retreats are a great opportunity to experience the benefits of retreat without leaving the city. Each month, through meditation, reflection and discussion, we will explore a different aspect of practice and see for ourselves how it relates to living well today. They are open to anyone interested in the topics, and no particular experience is required, though if you haven't meditated before you might consider taking on of our introductory classes.

10am to 4pm, with Karunadevi
Sat, Mar 30, 2019

Whatever our physical age we're all changing all of the time - some things seem to get harder, some easier. How we respond each moment influences the next. 

This month Karunadevi, along with Nanasiri, Danamaya and Acarasiddhi, will continue to explore this year's theme "Bringing Everything to the Path", looking at wise ways to work with the wonders and challenges of aging for ourselves and others. 

These monthly day retreats are a great opportunity to experience the benefits of retreat without leaving the city. Each month, through meditation, reflection and discussion, we will explore a different aspect of practice and see for ourselves how it relates to living well today. They are open to anyone interested in the topics, and no particular experience is required, though if you haven't meditated before you might consider taking on of our introductory classes.