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 AW 2019 / 2020

 

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).

Wednesday, 16th October – Triratna and India

Wednesday, 23rd October – Order Bytes

Order members share their inspiration.

Monday, 28th October – Puja evening (at Vajrasana; see below for details)

Wednesday, 30th October – Sangharakshita’s link to the world

 

6 Week Course – Meditation and Buddhism

6th Nov     Jnanaruchi            Body Awarenes

13th Nov    Sanghajata            Mindfulness of Breathing

20th Nov    Dridhakarin            Metta Bhavana

27th Nov    Abhayavajra            The Buddha

4th  Dec    Jnanaruchi            The Dharma

11th Dec    Sanghajata            The Sangha

 

3 x Standalone Evenings

18th Dec    Dridhakarin            The Hidden Jewel (Parable from Lotus Sutra)

25th Dec    Jnanaruchi            (To Be Confirmed)

1st Jan        Sanghajata            What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

Together we will explore our motivation, intention and aspiration for the future.

 

 

6 Week Course – Revolutionise Your Life

8th Jan    Dridhakarin            Dharma Revolution

15th Jan    Abhayavajra            Going Deeper (Sangha Bytes)

22nd Jan    Jnanaruchi            Transforming Lives (Ordination)

29th Jan    Shantigarbha            Communication (Order Bytes)

5th Feb    Sanghajata            Pali Sutta on Speech

12th Feb    Abhayavajra            Speech Precepts

 

4 Week Course – Heavenly Abodes

19th Feb    Dridhakarin            Loving Kindness – Metta

26th Feb    Jnanaruchi            Compassion – Karuna

4th Mar    Sanghajata            Sympathic Joy – Mudita

11th Mar    Dridhakarin            Equanimity – Upeksha

 

7 Week Course

How to live your life : Learn how our actions, words and thoughts effect our lives 

18th Mar    Sanghajata             Taking Life / Loving kindness

25th Mar    Jnanaruchi            Taking the not given / Generosity

1st Apr        Abhayavajra            Sexual misconduct / Contentment

8th Apr        Dridhakarin             False speech / Truthful communication

15th Apr    Sanghajata            Intoxicants / Mindfulness

22nd Apr    Abhayavajra            Right Vision

29th Apr    Jnanaruchi            Prapanca

 

DETAILS OF REGULAR EVENTS

PUJA EVENINGS

 The Shrine Room at Vajrasana Retreat CentreWe 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):

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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