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The radical nature of Buddhist practice: 6-week course

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: blackburnbuddhistcentre@gmail.com

Buddhist Action Month (BAM!)

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

without war

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

without oppression

without exploitation

How we are bringing this world into being in our own lives

Justice/Peace/Interconnection

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

 

Sustainability

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

Sharing/Caring/Health

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”

Values

Supporting Phoenix Prison Trust, which provides yoga and meditation for prisoners and prison staff

 Other Ideas

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

 

 

October Creativity Weekend

The Blackburn Sangha held a weekend of creativity on 14th & 15th October…..sharing art, crafts, poetry, song &  music, all supported by somatic/bodywork. Thank you to everyone who contributed to a great weekend. Here are a few photos….

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Sangha Retreat May 2017

Some photos from our Sangha Retreat! A lovely weekend led by Ratnagita & Mokshadipa on “Happiness”

Buddhist Action Month

 

 

 

 

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

Wesak Celebration!

On Thursday 11th May, Kamalavajri led an evening celebrating the Buddha’s Enlightenment. Here are a couple of photos.

Body, Myth & Imagination – Sangha Nights Jan-Feb 2017

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!

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.
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