A day for the south-west region to celebrate our sangha in Bristol and worldwide.
10.00 doors open
10.30 Welcome & Dedication Ceremony & Triratna Metta Bhavana led by Jvalamalini
12.00 Four Gifts – short personal talks from Abhayamaitri, Satyalila, Bhadra and Ananda:
I come to you with four gifts. The first gift is a lotus-flower. Do you understand? My second gift is a golden net. Can you recognize it? My third gift is a shepherds’ round-dance. Do your feet know how to dance? My fourth gift
a 6 week course introducing Buddhism and meditation Wednesday evenings 7.30 – 10.00 from 14 September 2016
Want to explore your mind? Looking to make the most of your life? This six-week course introduces the core teachings of the Buddha and how you can use them to free up your energy, your imagination, and your perspective on the world. On this highly practical course you’ll get instruction in developing mindfulness and deep positive emotion through meditation, as well as key principles to take...
Fri, 13 Mar, 2015 - 22:47This afternoon the spaces in Bristol Buddhist Centre were transformed - what used to be a shop at the front of the building is now a food preparation and dining room, and the shrine room has become a wonderful five Buddha mandala. Kumuda’s wonderful paintings of the Jinas fill the walls and we have a beautiful 5 Buddha shrine in the centre of the room.
As Alyson reminded me as people arrived - this is magic!
Wed, 11 Mar, 2015 - 16:59It’s pretty damp in Bristol today, and last year our rainy season retreat happened in a very wet month with flooding over much of the UK. But that isn’t why it’s called a rainy season retreat (though people did joke about us invoking rain gods last year)
We’re actually referring to the times when the Buddha and his followers shetered from the monsoon.
As you know, the Buddha and his followers had a wandering lifestyle. But every...
Wed, 11 Mar, 2015 - 15:29From 13th - 21st March Bristol Buddhist Centre will host our second Rainy Season Retreat for Order Members and Mitras. This means suspending all regular Centre activities and classes and dedicating the building to providing as close as we can to retreat conditions for the week.
Last year this had a really positive effect on our Sangha, and was clearly part of us Building a Buddhaland together.
This year we’re fortunate to have Ratnavandana leading the retreat. She...
Tue, 8 Jan, 2013 - 21:35Whether you’re looking to find a little peace, to make better choices, to enrich your life or to create a meaningful spiritual path, we have tools to help you in your everyday life - busy and complex as it probably is, here in the 21st century.
Come along on 12 Jan and try out some of those tools on our free taster day.
We’ll have taster sessions of meditation, trailers of our new ‘tools for living your life’...
Thu, 8 Nov, 2012 - 21:43Janaka and I had an enjoyable and fruitful meeting on Tuesday, doing some more planning for this one week Urban Retreat which runs 17-24 November, leading up to Sangha Day on 25 November. A very rare opportunity to dwell in the midst of all FIVE of Kumuda’s beautiful paintings of the five Buddhas of the mandala. Each about 2 metres square, they’ll fill the walls of the shrine room where we’ll have our opening & closing day retreats...