BOOKING ESSENTIAL as spaces are limited
Starts Tuesday 17th September 2019: 7pm-9.30pm
Please note that on 1st October there is no class, so we skip a week.
This 6-week course will introduce the essential ideas that support transformative Buddhist practice – we are not offering a little gentle relaxation, but will be concerned with existential matters in a practical way. As part of that, 2 traditional meditation practices will be taught. No previous experience is necessary.
Week 1: explore 3 crucial ideas; learn meditation posture and some mindfulness of breathing
Week 2: explore how we change; more mindfulness of breathing and ‘just sitting’ practice
Week 3: explore principles of behaviour; learn ‘loving-kindness’ meditation
Week 4: explore the nature of Buddhist ethics; more ‘loving-kindness’ meditation
Week 5: explore meditation more fully and where it fits in
Week 6: explore the 3 core truths of Buddhism
To book a place, please send a deposit of £10 ( cash or cheques – payable to Blackburn Triratna Buddhist Centre) to16 Strawberry Bank, Blackburn, BB2 6AA. We will confirm your place by email or phone once we have received your deposit. Please ensure you send your full contact details with the deposit.
Following this initial booking fee, payment will be on a donation basis for the rest of each module.
If you have questions, please contact the centre by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
During June, the Sangha spent several weeks exploring the theme ‘Transforming self, transforming world’. Below is a brief (not exhaustive) summary of some of the themes that emerged:
What kind of world do we want?
A world with Justice, Peace and Interconnection
with effective measures to establish and maintain peace
with effective government at a global level
where all species are preserved and cared for
a just world, where human and animal rights are affirmed
where all faiths and cultures are celebrated and understood
A Sustainable world …..
where there is sustainable growth both economically and in terms of population
that is habitable
that is ecologically sustainable
with more comprehensive recycling
where things are made to last
A world with Values
with more spirituality
that is loving and kind
that is tolerant and respectful
How we are bringing this world into being in our own lives
Buying Fair Trade Goods
Using “Ethical Superstore”
Talking to people of different cultures on the streets of Manchester
School visits and Interfaith forum for local community cohesion
Buying fresh fruit and vegetables sold loose using own recycled paper bags
E-mailing “Tepe” to suggest tooth cleaners are made of materials that can be recycled
Investigating the installation of more water butts
Supporting “Emmaus” (charity addressing homelessness)with goods and donation
Supporting the “Heart Foundation”
Exploring ways to give/buy efffectively
Supporting “Practical Action”, a charity effective in poor countries e.g. with low tech clean water plant
Sponsorship of sponsored walk in aid of Rohinga refugees NB there is an action group “Buddhists for Rohinga”
Supporting Phoenix Prison Trust, which provides yoga and meditation for prisoners and prison staff
Increase awareness of the importance of recycling
Reducing energy demand in the home e.g. via insulation – “Go Green” is a green deal
Carton re-use e.g. as scoops
Other groups helping poor people – Meme, CVS(Voice Community)
Litter picking kit from Council
Some photos from our Sangha Retreat! A lovely weekend led by Ratnagita & Mokshadipa on “Happiness”
Buddhist Action Month (BAM)
Once again Blackburn Triratna Buddhist Centre will be joining in with this international event in June. On Thursday 18th May, after meditation, we will devote the rest of the session to discussing what we would like to engage with both individually and collectively. There are some inspiring initiatives. You can access information about BAM at thebuddhistcentre.com
On Thursday 11th May, Kamalavajri led an evening celebrating the Buddha’s Enlightenment. Here are a couple of photos.
Here are a few photos from our Sangha Evenings at the centre during January-February. Ratnagita & team have been leading a variety of creativity sessions, enabling us to explore the themes of body, myth & imagination in our quest for enlightenment!
Celebrating Sangha! On Thursday 10th November, Vidusi led an evening dedicated to celebrating ‘Sangha’ – our spiritual community. During the evening, Peter gave an enjoyable talk about his experiences of Sangha – talking about the people who have been a source of inspiration & support to him over many years.