Programme of events

We meet every Wednesday from 7:15 pm to 9:30 pm for our Sangha Night (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!

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Programme for autumn/winter 2018/2019 

 

Unless otherwise stated the time is 7:15 pm to 9:30 pm and the venue is the Quaker Meeting House in Bury St Edmunds (address above).

 

Celebrating, singing carols and exchanging presents? Or late-night shopping, overconsumption and kitchen stress?

 

Whatever you think of Christmas, why not come and hear the Buddha’s take on what brings genuine meaning and calm?

For the next three Wednesday evenings in the run-up to Christmas we will explore tales from the Buddha’s life and reflect on their relevance to our own busy lives.

 

Wednesday, 5th DecemberTales from the Buddha’s life, Part 1

 

Wednesday, 12th December – Tales from the Buddha’s life, Part 2

 

Saturday, 15th DecemberA day for women: Bathing in Kindness – the gift of Avalokiteshvara

Time: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Venue: Walsham-le-Willows Memorial Hall, IP31 3AA

Here is a chance for you to step out of the hustle and bustle of December into a gentle realm. Suddhimani and Sanghajata are leading a day for women. The theme for the day is how to give and receive kindness. If we can learn to do that for ourselves we will also be able to give to others and receive from others.

Please bring a vegetarian or vegan lunch to share.

If you would like to talk about the day or if you have any questions, please ring Sanghajata on 07554 042511.

 

Monday, 17th DecemberPuja Evening (at Vajrasana; see below for details)

 

Wednesday, 19th December – Tales from the Buddha’s life, Part 3

 

Wednesday, 26th DecemberSangha Night; details to follow

 

Wednesday, 2nd January 2019Sangha Night; details to follow

 

Monday, 7th January 2019Chanting Evening (at Vajrasana; see below for details)

 

DETAILS OF REGULAR EVENTS

PUJA EVENINGS

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The Shrine Room at Vajrasana Retreat Centre

We hold a regular (more or less monthly) Puja evening at the beautiful Vajrasana retreat centre in Walsham-le-Willows.

Upcoming dates (all dates are Mondays):

December 17th 2018
January 14th 2019
February 18th 2019
March 18th 2019
April 15th 2019
May 13th 2019
June 17th 2019
July 15th 2019
No puja in August
September 16th 2019
October 28th 2019
November 18th 2019
December 16th 2019
 
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Venue: Vajrasana Retreat Centre, Potash Farm, Walsham-le-Willows, IP31 3AR

A typical Puja evening starts with time for a cup of tea and a chat, includes a period of meditation (sometimes preceded by a short talk), and ends with a Buddhist ritual (usually the Sevenfold Puja).

Our Puja evenings are open to anyone who is familiar with Triratna meditation practices. There’s no need to book; just come along. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

CHANTING EVENINGS

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Venue: Vajrasana Retreat Centre, Potash Farm, Walsham-le-Willows, IP31 3AR

What we do

We chant traditional Buddhist devotional mantras with the purpose of calming the mind and opening the heart. Open to all.

What to bring

Recommended: A bottle of water

Optional: If you have your own meditation gear, you’re welcome to bring it. Otherwise, various seating options will be provided.

There’s no need to book; just come along. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

FRIENDS OF VAJRASANA GARDENING DAYS

Time: 10 am to 4 pm

Venue: Vajrasana Retreat Centre, Potash Farm, Walsham-le-Willows, IP31 3AR

Vajrasana Retreat Centre is an oasis of peace in the heart of the Suffolk countryside. Oliver Wainwright of The Guardian described it as a ‘magnificent, modern Buddhist haven’.

The gardens at Vajrasana help to create its tranquil atmosphere, which benefits everyone who goes on retreat there. Keeping the gardens looking beautiful is a lot of work, and the gardener at Vajrasana, Dridhakarin, really appreciates our help.

A day like this is a great opportunity to spend time with like-minded people, cultivating not only plants, but also friendships! Everyone is welcome, so please feel free to invite your friends.

If you’d like to come and join in the fun, please bring vegetarian food to share for lunch, and let Dridhakarin know you’re planning on coming by emailing him at dridhakarin@gmail.com.

 

The Sangha courtyard at Vajrasana

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