The evening takes place in two halves. In the first half there is a meditation practice, and after a short tea break, we will explore another aspect of Buddhism usually with a talk and discussion. The meditation will be only lightly guided, so it is best if you have some familiarity with the practices we teach.
From time to time, special events such as mitra ceremonies and talks from guest speakers will be held on Friends Night.
21st August: The System of Practice - a Guide to the Journey — Led by Samacitta
This evening will locate the Brahmavihārās within a wider framework of practices. Sangharakshita's teachings offer a path of regular steps, each step building on the one before. After meditation and tea break, there will be a led discussion on the fivefold system of practice and how it can help us to find the way forward on our own personal journey.
28th August: Mitra Ceremonies
On this special night, Som and Noel will have their Mitra ceremonies. Mitra means "friend" and becoming a Mitra means confirming that one sees oneself as a Buddhist and intends to practice within the Triratna Buddhist Community for the foreseeable future.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to book?
No, just turn up!
Is it okay to join in the middle of the series?
Absolutely. Though of course you'll get the most out of the class by attending the whole series, there's no need to wait until the start of the next series if you want to start coming.
How long do I need to have been coming?
The meditation will be lightly guided, so will be suitable for anyone who has learned the two meditation practices that we teach at the centre.
How much does the class cost?
We don't charge a fixed price for our classes but instead invite you to make a donation to the centre to help us cover our running costs.
A donation of $10-20 would help us to cover our costs, but everyone is equally welcome, even if you cannot give anything at all.