We meet every Wednesday from 7:15 pm to 9:30 pm for our Sangha, or Community Night at the Quaker Meeting House, St John’s Street, Bury St Edmunds. For more detailed instructions on how to find us please see the Contact us page.
Everyone is welcome to come along whatever their level of experience. The class format is usually meditation followed by a talk or discussion on an aspect of Buddhist practice. If you are new to meditation we can offer full instruction and support.
Although our evenings do follow a coherent programme, each evening is self contained, so it is not necessary to have attended previous evenings in the programme – come along any time.
The classes are by donation. To cover our costs we would suggest you give £5 if you can. However, if you cannot afford that amount, for whatever reason, then please do not let that stop you coming along – we would be very pleased to meet you!
Programme for Late Summer/Autumn 2017
23rd August – 108-year Puja
Led by Abhayasiddhi
30th August – Meditation Matters
Led by Abhayavajra and Sanghajata
6th September – Evening celebrating the life of Padmasambhava
Padmasambhava, the colourful eighth-century mystic who converted Tibet to Buddhism, has become a potent symbol for transforming the negative energies holding us back from making positive changes in our lives. We’ll be celebrating his life and exploring its relevance to us today.
13th September – The Five Spiritual Faculties: An introduction
“These five spiritual faculties should amount, in the end, to a spontaneous and enthusiastic engagement with life… in the fullest and deepest possible sense.”
Sangharakshita, ‘What is the Dharma?’
Buddhism tells us we don’t have to passively accept our lives as they are – we can take the initiative and engage more fully with life by developing our latent spiritual qualities. For the next six weeks we will be exploring, in a series of linked and progressive evenings, five spiritual qualities, or ‘faculties’. What are they, and how do we get to grips with them?
20th September – The Five Spiritual Faculties: Energy
‘Virya’ or energy is the first quality we need to develop; specifically, energy devoted to ‘the good’.
27th September – The Five Spiritual Faculties: Concentration
How do we encourage our minds to focus and concentrate more fully?
4th October – The Five Spiritual Faculties: Awareness
Being fully present and awake to our experience – this is the golden key to meaning and fulfilment in life.
11th October – The Five Spiritual Faculties: Faith
Faith in Buddhism is not blind. It is based on both personal experience and intuition.
18th October – The Five Spiritual Faculties: Wisdom
How does wisdom differ from knowledge, and how can we develop it?
25th October – Questions and Answers session
Got questions about meditation or Buddhism? Now’s your chance to ask the Order members!
Here are the themes for November to the New Year. More details to follow.
1st November – Figures from the triptych 1
8th November – Figures from the triptych 2
15th November – Figures from the triptych 3
22nd November – Sangha Bites
29th November – The Four Foundations of Mindfulness: Body awareness
6th December – The Four Foundations of Mindfulness: Feelings
13th December – The Four Foundations of Mindfulness: Thoughts
20th December – The Four Foundations of Mindfulness: The objects of the mind’s attention
27th December – Practice evening: Spiritual Death
3rd January – Practice evening: Spiritual Rebirth