Coming soon: starting 20 March.
The evening is usually structured in two halves. In the first half there is a meditation practice, and after a short tea break, we will explore the Dharma through 4-8 week series based around a particular theme. Each series will end with a pūjā night.
This evening is best suited for those who are familiar with the practices we teach, have been attending our activities for a while, and are keen to take their practice deeper.
From time to time, special events such as mitra ceremonies will be held on Saṅgha Night.
7 February 2024 — 13 March: The Wheel of Life — Soft Launch
In our initial 6 weeks series we are running a soft launch with a few people who have already expressed an interest to gauge attendance and iron out some details of how the night will work. This series will look at The bhavacakra, also known as the "wheel of life" or "wheel of becoming", a famous Buddhist symbol representing our minds in saṃsāra.
20 March: Mitra Ceremonies — Special Event
In our community, when someone considers themselves to be a Buddhist they can become a "mitra" (which means "friend"), which is marked by a ceremony. This is a significant occasion both for the new mitras and the whole saṅgha. On this evening Mel C and Penelope B will become mitras.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it okay to join the middle of a series?
Absolutely. Though of course you'll get those 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, and one of the groups we will break into for the second half will be dedicated to those who cannot commit to the whole series.
What is pūjā?
A pūjā is a traditional Buddhist ritual that includes chanting and making offerings.
If coming on a pūjā night and you have not done it before, please let one of the team know so they can give an introduction.
How long do I need to have been coming?
This evening is best suited for those who are familiar with the practices we teach and have been attending our activities for a while. A good measure would be if you have attended an entire cycle of talks on Newcomers Night.
I can't make it to any of the introductory classes, can I come to this class instead?
Since the meditation practice is usually with minimal instruction, and the topics covered are quite in depth, this class is not well suited for newcomers.
Can I come just for the meditation?
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.