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.

Everyone is welcome to come along, whatever their level of experience.

COMMUNITY NIGHT 

Time: 7.15pm – 9.30pm

Venue: Quaker Meeting House, St John’s Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1SJ

What we do

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.

What to bring

We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and bringing a bottle of water. 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!

2019 / 2020

UPCOMING DATES (ALL ARE WEDNESDAYS):

30 Oct          Sangharakshita’s link to the world

6 WEEK COURSE: MEDITATION + BUDDHISM

6 Nov       Body Awareness

13 Nov     Mindfulness of Breathing

20 Nov     Metta Bhavana

27 Nov     The Buddha

4  Dec      The Dharma

11 Dec     The Sangha

STANDALONE EVENINGS

18 Dec     The Hidden Jewel (Parable from Lotus Sutra)

25 Dec     (To Be Confirmed)

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

6 WEEK COURSE: REVOLUTIONISE YOUR LIFE

8 Jan       Dharma Revolution

15 Jan     Going Deeper (Sangha Bytes)

22 Jan     Transforming Lives (Ordination)

29 Jan     Communication (Order Bytes)

5 Feb       Pali Sutta on Speech

12 Feb    Speech Precepts

4 WEEK COURSE: THE HEAVENLY ABODES

19 Feb    Loving Kindness – Metta

26 Feb    Compassion – Karuna

4 Mar      Sympathic Joy – Mudita

11 Mar    Equanimity – Upeksha

7 WEEK COURSE: HOW TO LIVE YOUR LIFE

In this course we will explore how our actions, words and thoughts effect our lives 

18 Mar    Taking Life / Loving Kindness

25 Mar    Taking the not given / Generosity

1 Apr       Sexual misconduct / Contentment

8 Apr       False speech / Truthful communication

15 Apr     Intoxicants / Mindfulness

22 Apr     Right Vision

29 Apr     Prapanca

VAJRASANA RETREAT CENTRE

We are very lucky to have the beautiful Vajrasana Retreat Centre right on our doorstep. Vajrasana 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’. We hold a wide-range of regular events for those who are interested in exploring their practice deeper.

ONE OFF EVENTS

10 Nov    Sangha Day         10.00am – 4.00pm

23 Nov    Women’s Day      10.00am – 4.30pm

PUJA EVENINGS

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 ARE MONDAYS):

18 November

16 December

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

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

What we do

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.

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!

CHANTING EVENINGS

UPCOMING DATES:

TBC

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!

GARDENING DAYS

UPCOMING DATES:

5 Nov    Tree Planting Day        10.30am – 4.30pm

20 Nov  Gardening Day             10am – 4pm

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

What we do

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.

What to bring

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