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 summer/autumn 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).

 

Wednesday, 22nd May – Heroes from the Buddhist tradition 1

 

Wednesday, 29th May – Heroes from the Buddhist tradition 2

 

Wednesday, 5th June– Heroes from the Buddhist tradition 3

 

Wednesday, 12th June – Heroes from the Buddhist tradition 4

 

Monday, 17th June – Puja evening (at Vajrasana; see below for details)

 

Wednesday, 19th June – Order Bytes

Order members share their inspiration.

 

Series on the five hindrances

These are the main factors that block us from experiencing a clear and calm state of mind.

Wednesday, 26th June –  Sense desire

Wednesday, 3rd July – Ill will

Wednesday, 10th July – Restlessness and anxiety

Monday, 15th July – Puja evening (at Vajrasana; see below for details)

Wednesday, 17th July – Sloth and torpor

Wednesday, 24th July – Doubt and indecision

 

Wednesday, 31st July – Sangha Bytes

Members of the sangha share their inspiration.

 

Wednesday, 7th August – Inspiring texts from the Buddhist tradition 1

 

Wednesday, 14th August – Inspiring texts from the Buddhist tradition 2

 

Wednesday, 21st August – Inspiring texts from the Buddhist tradition 3

 

Wednesday, 28th August – 108 Year Puja

 

Series on the six perfections

These are qualities to be cultivated – and eventually perfected – through Buddhist practice.

Wednesday, 4th September – Generosity

Wednesday, 11th September – Ethics

Monday, 16th September – Puja evening (at Vajrasana; see below for details)

Wednesday, 18th September – Tolerance

Wednesday, 25th September –  Positive energy

Wednesday, 2nd October – Meditative concentration

Wednesday, 9th October – Wisdom

 

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

 

 

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):

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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