Buddhist Centre Programme for Summer 2020
Please note that all events at the Centre have been cancelled until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic. We still post the dates of planned weekend courses, hoping that the situation will improve beforehand. Some evening events are now available on-line. Please see the News page.
The current programme of evening meditation, discourse and discussion and weekend Buddhism courses.
Buddhist teachings are traditionally given freely, but the Centre relies on voluntary support. If you wish to contribute, suitable donations are: evening/day classes £3.50/£1.50 waged/unwaged; weekend courses suggested donations per day £10 waged. At weekends, a light lunch is normally available but you are welcome to bring your own food.
We do not provide printed programmes. Please check this website from time to time for updates on the programme.
The Summer 2020 Programme will start after Easter on Monday 20 April.
This is now on-line! See the News page.
20 April – 27 July, 7.30 – 9.00pm
Drop-in meditation classes. Simple guided meditations to develop a peaceful mind and a happy heart. Suitable for all. Please ensure that you arrive by 7:20 as we start promptly.
Silent Sitting Meditation
22 April – 29 July , 7.30 – 8.15pm
A silent, unguided sitting meditation of about 45 minutes. Suitable for those with prior experience. These sessions may not always go ahead, so please check with firstname.lastname@example.org to avoid disappointment. Please ensure that you arrive by 7:20 as we start promptly.
An Introduction to the Lam Rim
This is now on-line! See the News page.
23 April – 30 July, 7.30 – 9.00pm
Where do we start with Buddha’s teachings? How are they connected? Tsongkhapa collected all the Buddha’s teachings into a logical sequence that makes them easier to understand and to practice – The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lamrim Chenmo). After a short introductory discourse, the emphasis is on discussion and enquiry.
“Of the many works of the Tibetan master Tsong-kha-pa, none compares in terms of popularity and breadth of influence with his Great Treatise, which has been treasured by practitioners and scholars alike for centuries. What distinguishes it as one of the principal texts of Mahayana Buddhism is its scope and clarity. It expounds the entire path from the way one should rely on a spiritual teacher, which is the very root, right up to the attainment of buddhahood, which is the final fruit. The various stages of the path are presented so clearly and systematically that they can be easily understood and are inspiring to put into practice.”H.H. the Dalai Lama
We continue with weekend courses offered by Jamyang Bath at the Lam Rim Bristol Buddhist Centre.
Discovering Buddhism – course postponed
Two Days: Sunday 26 April & Sunday 7 June, 10:30am – 4:30pm
As the first module of the Discovering Buddhism programme, we will be exploring the nature of our mind and how we can utilise the incredible potential for wisdom and compassion that lies, at the deepest level, within each and every one of us. We will also explore how we can work from our current situation, gradually reducing unwholesome mental states, and nurturing wholesome ones, helping us to overcome daily problems and difficulties, progressing step by step towards eventual enlightenment.
Interdependence and Emptiness – course postponed
Teachings on the Two Buddhist Truths by Geshe Graham Woodhouse
Saturday 2 May – Sunday 3 May, 10:30am – 4:30pm
Two days of teachings from Chapter 9 of Shantideva’s “A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life.”
Buddha taught that, with a complete understanding of dependent arising and emptiness, there is, if we wish, a passing away from travail, a complete suspension of the burden of involvement in a world such as this, whose very fabric is spun from delusion.
For more ardent natures, those who erase all vestiges of self-concern whatsoever, there is the bodhisattva’s striving for evolution’s highest stage, buddhahood, and his or her willing acceptance of involvement in such afflicted worlds as this one, helping where help is needed until all beings have happiness.
Geshe Graham Woodhouse will also be teaching in Bath on Friday 1st May, organised by the Jamyang Bath Buddhist Group. More details here.
Nirvana, Loving Kindness and Reality – course postponed
Geshe Namdak will be teaching online on Sunday 28th June. See the Other Events page.
Teachings by Geshe Tenzin Namdak
Saturday 23 May, 10:30am – 4:30pm
How can we have more inner happiness and achieve the everlasting happiness of nirvana and how can we help others to achieve the same? You are welcome to join us and learn how to obtain this through understanding the “Three Principal Aspects of the Path”: generating a wish for obtaining nirvana, actualizing the mind of enlightenment of loving kindness and compassion, and understanding the ultimate reality of interdependence.
Module 2: How to Meditate – course postponed
In this second module of the Discovering Buddhism programme, we will be exploring different types of meditation as they are practiced in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, how we can utilise these to develop qualities such as concentration, wisdom and compassion, and how we can integrate this with our daily lives. True, deep happiness lies within us and we can tap this great source through meditation, as well as placing us in a better position, in the long run, to truly benefit others.
A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life – Chapter 6 – course postponed
Andy and Shan will be teaching online on Saturday 1st August. See the Other Events page.
Sunday 5 July, 10:30am – 4:30pm
Shantideva’s ‘A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life’ is probably one of the most important texts in all of Mahayana Buddhism. Chapter 6 addresses patience.
This Mind of Enlightenment (Bodhicitta) is an altruistic attitude of universal compassion. It is possible for any human to develop it through study and practice. It brings great happiness to oneself and others, and it clears away all the obstacles and problems of our life.
Andy and Shan have been teaching Buddhism worldwide for over 30 years. As well as clear and inspiring teaching, there will be plenty of scope for discussion and meditation, making for a very lovely retreat day.
No booking required – just drop in. More details to follow.
The following are Tsog Days during this programme:
- Sunday 3 May
- Sunday 17 May
- Monday 1 June
- Monday 15 June
- Tuesday 30 June
- Wednesday 15 July
- Wednesday 29 July
The following are Festival Days:
- Friday 5 June: Buddha’s Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana
- Friday 24 July: Buddha’s First Turning of the Dharma Wheel
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