Class schedule

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!

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Programme for Autumn/Winter 2017 

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Figures from the triptych

 

After his Enlightenment the Buddha faced another great challenge: how to share his radically different experience with others. When he succeeded, he created a chain of beneficial advice, practices and teachings – the Dharma – that reaches down through time to ourselves, and the Sangha was born. Over the next three weeks we will be hearing about some of the Buddha’s leading followers; figures that are represented on our large ‘triptych’ image, gathered around the Buddha himself. All are very different personalities, so we may be able to make our own connection to them.

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1st NovemberFigures from the triptych 1

This week we’ll explore the Buddha’s relationship with his disciples and then we’ll meet Mahakasyapa, renowned for his practice of renunciation.

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8th November – Figures from the triptych 2

We’ll hear about Ananda, the Buddha’s great friend and companion whose remarkable memory was responsible for the dissemination of the teachings before they were written down; and Dhammadina, the leading female disciple, praised by the Buddha as the person with the deepest understanding of his teachings.

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15th November – Figures from the triptych 3

We’ll meet Maudgalyayana, celebrated for his supernatural powers, and Śāripūtra, renowned for his wisdom.

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22nd NovemberSangha Bites

More details to follow

 

29th NovemberThe Four Foundations of Mindfulness: Body awareness

The first of four evenings exploring the satipatthanas, the Buddha’s core teaching on mindfulness.

 

6th December – The Four Foundations of Mindfulness: Feelings 

More details to follow

 

13th December The Four Foundations of Mindfulness: Thoughts

More details to follow

 

20th December – The Four Foundations of Mindfulness: The objects of the mind’s attention

More details to follow

 

27th DecemberPractice evening: Spiritual Death

As the end of 2017 approaches, we have an opportunity to reflect on ‘what we would like to move away from’, in the context of Buddhist ritual.

 

3rd January Practice evening: Spiritual Rebirth

More details to follow

 

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