Breaking the Chains

Breaking the Chains

For some, rituals are seen as merely primitive mysticism or a corruption of the ‘true teaching’. This perspective sees ritual as superstition or lowly magic, and thus not truly Buddhist. Others cannot imagine a spiritual life without the richness and sacredness of ritual. For with it, one’s motivation and insight is enlivened: larger context for practice is unveiled. It may come as something of a shock to the reader that this course is designed for the former of those two perspectives: it’s not for the die-hard practitioners of devotion, but for those who think it irrelevant or even Un-Buddhist.

In this six week course you will meet a purposefully rational approach to ritual in the hopes of demystifying some aspects and hopefully opening one up to deeper mysteries upon which to reflect.

There is also an optional retreat at the end of this course for those who have completed it.

Bodhidasa   Led by Bodhidasa


Date Subject
5 March How much am I prepared to give?
12 March To what do I bow down?
19 March Where is there safety in the world?
26 March How exactly do the precepts purify?
2 April What makes something sacred?
9 April For what am I grateful?
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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it okay if I can't make every week?

The cost covers the entire course, and it is best to come every week. If you'd like to come but there is one or two weeks you can't make, please contact us before booking.

What should I wear?

There are no special requirements, just whatever is comfortable to sit in.

Do I need to be a Buddhist?

The course is exploring the practice of Buddhist ritual, but you do not need to identify as a Buddhist to join.

Where to Find Us

We're in Newtown, a few minutes walk away from the station.