Saturday 9 November 10:45am – 3:30pm
Sangha Day is one of our main festival days and celebrates the bonds of spiritual friendship and mutual support that exist between us as parts of a growing fellowship of practitioners.
The day will include a Dharma talk from the newly Dhammasara: The Beating Heart of the Saṅgha...
"When the cook takes the vegetable stem, it must be with the same power with which the Buddha turned the wheel of the law. Our Buddhism must manifest in every movement of the hand, every pace of the foot. Not in great matters alone is there great manifestation; in the tiniest thing we must grasp the power that pervades the universe." (From instructions to the Tenzo.)
There will also be a mantra chanting workshop, shared lunch, and pūjā with mitra ceremonies to welcome two new mitras.
Together we will share, create, and celebrate the Beating Heart of Sangha.
|10.45am||Talk by Dhammasara: The Beating Heart of the Sangha|
|12pm||Mantra Chanting Workshop|
|2pm||Sangha Day Pūjā with Mitra Ceremonies|
* This will be a “bring and share” style lunch, so please bring food to share. All food brought into the centre must be vegetarian, but as many of those attending will be vegan, we suggest vegan only food.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is pūjā / mitra ceremonies?
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
The mitra ceremony takes place as part of a pūjā, a traditional Buddhist ritual that includes chanting and making offerings.
Do I need to book?
No - just turn up!
How much does the day 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 $15-20 would help us to cover our costs, but everyone is equally welcome, even if you cannot give anything at all.
Do I need to be a Buddhist or a regular at the centre?
Everyone is welcome, but the day will be especially suitable for those who have been to the centre at least a couple times before.
I can't make the whole day - can I come for just some of it?
Of course! You're welcome to come for whatever parts of the day you can make - just try to turn up at one of the times on the programme so we're not in the middle of an activity.
I'm not a very good cook - what food can I bring?
We can never have enough of the basics: things like salad, bread, hummus, crisps and fruit always go down well.