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.
Led by Samacitta and Prakashika
Imagination and Ritual in Buddhism
To be human is to be responsive to beauty, colour, symbol, myth, ritual and celebration. In this series of Friends' Nights, we are taking a closer look at our body of collective practices in Triratna. Chanting, ceremonies and other approaches to the sacred have the power to tap into our deepest motivating energies. Each week we will explore, question and experience different aspects of formal Buddhist ritual.
|11 September||Week 1 - The Threefold Puja|
|18 September||Week 2 - The Refuges and Precepts|
|25 September||Week 3 - The Sevenfold Puja - Sections 1, 2 & 3|
|2 October||Week 4 - The Sevenfold Puja - Section 4 & 5|
|9 October||Week 5 - The Sevenfold Puja - Section 6 & 7|
|16 October||Week 6 - Special Event - Dr Ambedkar and Mass Conversions|
|23 October||Week 7 - The Heart Sutra|
|30 October||Week 8 - Mantras|
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.