The Buddhist Centre Live

Dharma events for everyone | Eventos de Dharma para todos
See what's on | Mira lo que pasaSupport the sangha online in 2022!

Subscribe to the Dharma Toolkit Newsletter for details of our events program.

Catch up on all our past live events! Watch and subscribe to our new channel on YouTube.

At the Dharma Toolkit we want to offer easy access to Buddhist approaches to life that can help you through the pandemic – and beyond!

Whether you’re brand new to Buddhism and meditation, or experienced in the ways of the Dharma, we hope you’ll find something here for you.

Join some of the best teachers from Buddhist Centres and retreat venues in our community for a series of online events to inspire and guide.

Meditate with us live online, six day a week!

All our classes are offered by donation. If you can, donate to allow others who can’t afford it to access these vital Dharma resources when they need them most.

Thank you!

Donate and support Dharma classes online

Suscríbase al boletín por correo electrónico de Dharma Toolkit para más detalles de nuestro nuevo programa de eventos.

¡Ponte al día en todos nuestros eventos en vivo pasados! Visita y suscríbete a nuestro canal en YouTube

En el espacio llamado Dharma Toolkit ofrecemos un acceso realmente sencillo a la perspectiva que ofrece el Budismo con respecto a la vida y que puede ayudarte durante esta pandemia ¡y mas allá!

Ya sea que te resulte nuevo el Budismo y la meditación, o que ya tengas experiencia en el Dharma, esperamos que encuentres algo para ti.

Conoce a algunos de nuestros mejores maestros de los Centros Budistas y centros de retiros que forman parte de nuestra comunidad en esta serie de eventos en línea en los que encontrarás inspiración y guía.

Todas nuestras clases se ofrecen por donativo. Si te es posible, dona para que permitas que otros que no pueden hacerlo tengan acceso a estos recursos del Dharma cuando más los necesiten. 

¡Gracias!

Dona y apoya las clases de Dharma en línea

Subscribe to the Dharma Toolkit Newsletter for details of our events program.

Catch up on all our past live events! Watch and subscribe to our new channel on YouTube.

At the Dharma Toolkit we want to offer easy access to Buddhist approaches to life that can help you through the pandemic – and beyond!

Whether you’re brand new to Buddhism and meditation, or experienced in the ways of the Dharma, we hope you’ll find something here for you.

Join some of the best teachers from Buddhist Centres and retreat venues in our community for a series of online events to inspire and guide.

Meditate with us live online, six day a week!

All our classes are offered by donation. If you can, donate to allow others who can’t afford it to access these vital Dharma resources when they need them most.

Thank you!

Donate and support Dharma classes online

Suscríbase al boletín por correo electrónico de Dharma Toolkit para más detalles de nuestro nuevo programa de eventos.

¡Ponte al día en todos nuestros eventos en vivo pasados! Visita y suscríbete a nuestro canal en YouTube

En el espacio llamado Dharma Toolkit ofrecemos un acceso realmente sencillo a la perspectiva que ofrece el Budismo con respecto a la vida y que puede ayudarte durante esta pandemia ¡y mas allá!

Ya sea que te resulte nuevo el Budismo y la meditación, o que ya tengas experiencia en el Dharma, esperamos que encuentres algo para ti.

Conoce a algunos de nuestros mejores maestros de los Centros Budistas y centros de retiros que forman parte de nuestra comunidad en esta serie de eventos en línea en los que encontrarás inspiración y guía.

Todas nuestras clases se ofrecen por donativo. Si te es posible, dona para que permitas que otros que no pueden hacerlo tengan acceso a estos recursos del Dharma cuando más los necesiten.

¡Gracias!

Dona y apoya las clases de Dharma en línea

Live Events

Mythic Dress-Up Sangha Time!

One big community of the heart and imagination. A new kind of Dharma event for 2022…

Saturday January 29 (northern hemisphere)

Sunday January 30 (southern hemisphere)

2 hrs: USA PST 11:00 | México 13:00 | USA EST 14:00 | IE & UK 19:00 | Europe CET 20:00 | Australia AEDT 06.00 (next day) | New Zealand NZDT 08.00 (next day)

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About the event
We love our Buddhist myths! So many amazing stories, superhero Bodhisattvas, a rainbow of colors, qualities, and inspiring images to help us understand the deeply transformational nature of the Dharma. And… Sometimes it’s fun just to bring our own heroes and stories with us from whichever culture we’ve learned in life so far. So, we present Mythic Dress-Up Sangha Time! A new kind of event for 2022…

If you’ve ever: wanted to be Wonder Woman, built a shrine to Thor with action figures, wished others could see the connection between Jizo and Gandalf, Diana and White Tara, Darth Vader and the Great Protectors… This one’s for you.

What to expect
Come for the cosplay, stay for the talks and meditation on how we can make use of all sorts of figures and myths to light up our practice and our Dharma life. And the chance to connect with others doing the same: like you, different from you, one big community of the heart and imagination.

Event guidelines
– You’re welcome to come in character without judgement! You can stay in character or break, whichever you prefer.

– You totally don’t need to dress-up! If that’s not your comfort-zone, feel free to set a Zoom background that evokes your own mythic speed.

– And if you just want to come and listen quietly to the mythic explorations, that’s cool too.

Bring your inner whoever, whatever, however—and let’s make a great family tree of inspiration, sangha-wide!

Mythic Dress-Up Sangha Time!

One big community of the heart and imagination. A new kind of Dharma event for 2022…

Saturday January 29 (northern hemisphere)

Sunday January 30 (southern hemisphere)

2 hrs: USA PST 11:00 | México 13:00 | USA EST 14:00 | IE & UK 19:00 | Europe CET 20:00 | Australia AEDT 06.00 (next day) | New Zealand NZDT 08.00 (next day)

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About the event
We love our Buddhist myths! So many amazing stories, superhero Bodhisattvas, a rainbow of colors, qualities, and inspiring images to help us understand the deeply transformational nature of the Dharma. And… Sometimes it’s fun just to bring our own heroes and stories with us from whichever culture we’ve learned in life so far. So, we present Mythic Dress-Up Sangha Time! A new kind of event for 2022…

If you’ve ever: wanted to be Wonder Woman, built a shrine to Thor with action figures, wished others could see the connection between Jizo and Gandalf, the White Goddess and White Tara, Darth Vader and the Great Protectors… This one’s for you.

What to expect
Come for the cosplay, stay for the talks and meditation on how we can make use of all sorts of figures and myths to light up our practice and our Dharma life. And the chance to connect with others doing the same: like you, different from you, one big community of the heart and imagination.

Event guidelines
– You’re welcome to come dressed in character, without judgement! You can stay in character or break, whichever you prefer.

– You totally don’t need to dress-up! If that’s not your comfort-zone, feel free to set a Zoom background that evokes your own mythic speed.

– And if you just want to come and listen quietly to the mythic explorations, that’s cool too.

Bring your inner whoever, whatever, however—and let’s make a great family tree of inspiration, sangha-wide!

 

This event is offered by donation. If you can, please donate today and support others to attend who cannot afford to pay. Thank you!

Suggested donation for the event:
£10 / $15 / €12

Viveka and Paramananda

Entertaining Cancer: The Buddhist Way

A Book Launch with Devamitra

Monday 7 February (1.5 hours): 11.00 US PST | 13.00 Mexico | 14.00 US EST | 19.00 IE & UK | 20.00 Europe CET | 06.00 Australia AEDT (next day) | 08.00 New Zealand (next day)

Windhorse Publications will be holding an online book launch to mark the publication of Entertaining Cancer: The Buddhist Way by Devamitra.

In Entertaining Cancer, Devamitra chronicles his years of treatment for prostate cancer. He describes the fatigue, the heightened sense of being alive, and the discomforts and indignities of treatment. He also draws on the deep well of his Buddhist practice to work with his mind and meet fear, uncertainty and frailty with resolve. It is an entertaining read, full of humour, wit and fantastically funny dialogue.

On Monday 7th February, join Devamitra in conversation with his friend Sthiramanas about the book. With an opportunity for a Q+A at the end.

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Support Windhorse Publications!

 

This event is offered by donation. If you can, please donate today and support others to attend who cannot afford to pay. Thank you!

Marking the Change of Time: A Day of Meditation and Reflective Writing

with Yashobodhi

Come and join us for a seasonal marking of the changes in our lives, and the world around us. 

Sunday 6 March
Two sessions with 1.5 hours break for lunchtime, and one short break in each session.

First session (3 hours): USA PST 02:00 | Mexico 03:00 | USA EST 04:00 | IE & UK 09:00 | Europe 10:00 CET | India 14:30pm | Australia AEDT 20.00 | New Zealand NZDT 22:00

Second session (3 hours): USA PST 05:30 | Mexico 07:30 | USA EST 08:30 | IE & UK 13:30 | Europe 14:30 CET | India 19:00pm | Australia AEDT 00.30 (next day) | New Zealand NZDT 02:30 (next day)

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About the day retreat
Last year we held a wonderful and much-loved series of writing events with Yashobodhi.

For 2022 we’re back with two day retreats: one in the Spring and one in the Autumn. As the clocks spring forward or fall back, here is an opportunity to reflect on the past and ponder the future.

And what better way to do that than in the here and now, in the company of like-minded friends?We will be following a series writing prompts that allow us to reflect on our lives, where we are and how we got there.

What have we learnt? What was important? And what not so much…?

In this way images, patterns and thoughts can emerge that may show us a thread to follow into the future.

What to expect
We will explore and practise through meditation and reflective writing. We will also interact in small breakout groups to give spoken words to our experience and be kindly witnessed by others.

This day consists of two sessions that can be attended separately. To get the most of the day, it would, of course, work best to take part in the whole day.

In the first session we will focus on the past. In the second we will looking towards the future. Both parts of the day will finish with a short ritual.

Marking the Change of Time: A Day of Meditation and Reflective Writing

with Yashobodhi

Come and join us for a seasonal marking of the changes in our lives, and the world around us. 

Sunday 6 March
Two sessions with 1.5 hours break for lunchtime, and one short break in each session.

First session (3 hours): USA PST 02:00 | Mexico 03:00 | USA EST 04:00 | IE & UK 09:00 | Europe 10:00 CET | India 14:30pm | Australia AEDT 20.00 | New Zealand NZDT 22:00

Second session (3 hours): USA PST 05:30 | Mexico 07:30 | USA EST 08:30 | IE & UK 13:30 | Europe 14:30 CET | India 19:00pm | Australia AEDT 00.30 (next day) | New Zealand NZDT 02:30 (next day)

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About the day retreat
Last year we held a wonderful and much-loved series of writing events with Yashobodhi.

For 2022 we’re back with two day retreats: one in the Spring and one in the Autumn. As the clocks spring forward or fall back, here is an opportunity to reflect on the past and ponder the future.

And what better way to do that than in the here and now, in the company of like-minded friends?We will be following a series writing prompts that allow us to reflect on our lives, where we are and how we got there.

What have we learnt? What was important? And what not so much…?

In this way images, patterns and thoughts can emerge that may show us a thread to follow into the future.

What to expect
We will explore and practise through meditation and reflective writing. We will also interact in small breakout groups to give spoken words to our experience and be kindly witnessed by others.

This day consists of two sessions that can be attended separately. To get the most of the day, it would, of course, work best to take part in the whole day.

In the first session we will focus on the past. In the second we will looking towards the future. Both parts of the day will finish with a short ritual.

Viveka and Paramananda
Viveka and Paramananda

About Yashobodhi
Yashobodhi has been teaching Buddhism, meditation and mindfulness in different settings for over 15 years. She is originally from the Netherlands, but has lived and worked in the UK since 2010, initially mainly teaching at the West London Buddhist Centre. In the last few years she has been teaching mindfulness and meditation in a range of contexts, and continues to do so online during this pandemic.

Yashobodhi is also a writer. She had two books on Buddhism published in the Netherlands, and for many years contributed to an annual publication, writing short explanations to Buddhist quotes. She also published articles in a variety of magazines and was the editor of a Dutch Buddhist magazine. A few years ago Yashobodhi completed a course for facilitating expressive and therapeutic writing. She has been running a weekly writing group since the beginning of the pandemic.

Watch Yashobodhi’s previous events & subscribe on YouTube

 

This event is offered by donation. If you can, please donate today and support others to attend who cannot afford to pay. Thank you!

Suggested donation for the day retreat:
£40-70 | $55-95 | €50-80

Meditation | Meditación

Viveka and Paramananda

Praise for Paramananda’s meditation teaching

Paramananda beautifully examines how spiritual practice is both a deeply intimate relationship with oneself, and inextricably connected to the world we live in. He brings far-reaching Buddhist teachings down to earth and encourages us to be curious, as we simply sit with the breathing body, or open to suffering – our own and others’ – in such a way that liberates the heart. – Vajradevi, meditation teacher and author of uncontrivedmindfulness.net

The Myth of Meditation:
Restoring imaginal ground through embodied Buddhist practice

A Home Retreat with Paramananda and Friends

Seven days of meditation, soulful exploration, and strong, supportive friendship: a safe space to go deeper into experience and practice.

Friday February 25th till Thursday March 3rd 2022

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About the retreat
With his deeply grounded approach to Buddhist meditation and practice, Paramananda offers an approach that is a challenge both to the way we experience ourselves, and the way in which we see and ‘be’ in the world.

He guides us in rooting meditative experience in the body, turning towards whatever comes up in a kindly and intelligent way, and seeing through to another way of understanding and being in the world.

During this retreat, Paramananda will invite some friends to co-host the ritual space of practice.

What to expect
The sessions will be a mix of meditation, poetry, presentation, practice, interaction and inquiry. One session each day will feature breakout groups.

There will also be a private community message board for all taking part in the retreat.

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Revisit Paramananda’s 2021 Home Retreat: The Alchemical Heart

Buy Paramananda’s book, ‘The Myth of Meditation’ from Windhorse Publications

Suggested donation for the whole retreat:
£125 / $175 / €150 or £25 / $35 / €30 per day.

Get one ticket and come to any session you wish!

Viveka and Paramananda

Daily meditation times | Tiempos diarios de meditación

We are offering two open meditation spaces Monday to Saturday every week. Connect here with the meditations

Ofrecemos estos dos espacios de meditación de lunes a sábado todas las semanas. Conectarse a las meditaciónes

Buddhism | Budismo

Viveka and Paramananda

Welcoming Liberation

A Monthly Space for Thriving BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) BAME (Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic) Dharma and Community Connection.

Last Saturday of every month: 2 hours

Next meeting: January 29 2022.

USA PST 09:00 | México 11:00 | USA EST 12:00 | IE & UK 17:00 | Europe CET 18:00 | India 22:30 | Australia AEDT 04.00 (Sunday) | New Zealand 06:00 (Sunday)

This is a gathering for people practicing the dharma, at any stage of that journey and experience and who also come from the richly diverse lived experiences of these intentionally welcomed identities: Black, Indigenous, and people of color inclusive of Asian/Pacific Islander, South East Asian, Native Hawaiian, Latinx, Arab/Middle Eastern, biracial, mixed heritage, multiracial, and any others identifying as non-white.

What is the space?
A monthly welcoming two-hour on-line international and intentional Triratna community space for:

  • Authentic connection and co-creating culturally diverse community (sangha)
  • Deepening dharma practice through meditation, reflection and real conversations
  • To practice welcoming, empathy, healing, wholeness, complexity, liberation and joy
  • Learning from each other and with a variety of BIPOC/BAME Triratna order members and community members
  • Making more possible genuine connection with the Triratna Buddhist community in this space, and beyond

We celebrate the multiplicity of “BIPOC/BAME” spaces in Triratna being offered by different Buddhist Centers. We hope many from those spaces will also benefit from this distinctly international space and that those looking for a space can find a home here

Where:
On Zoom – you will be emailed the link to join when you register

Supporting this space:
Anyone can make a donation to resource this space and the programming.

We know many in the Triratna community, who in racialized societies live as a white identity, are supportive of the people the space is for, even though you do not walk in the shoes of racialized discrimination directly. What is the invitation to you? You are welcome to give us the gift of well-wishing and understanding the need for this kind of space to create room to breathe and be together. You may also make a solidarity donation to assist with the practical costs of this gathering.

Donate below (please indicate it’s for ‘Welcoming Liberation’)

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Who is this space for?
This invitation is offered with the wish we all be free to self-define and be in choice about how we name social identities. The wish is for this description to be open and also draw a skillful boundary so it is clear who the space is for.

  • This is a gathering for people practicing the dharma, at any stage of that journey and experience
  • And who also come from the richly diverse lived experiences of these intentionally welcomed identities: Black, Indigenous, and people of color inclusive of Asian/Pacific Islander, South East Asian, Native Hawaiian, Latinx, Arab/Middle Eastern, biracial, mixed heritage, multiracial, and any others identifying as non-white.

What will we do together?
In the first season of this space we will attend to:

  • Community building and exploring how we can co-create the kind of community and space where we can flourish and liberation is possible
  • Share stories and engaging with a dharmic perspective on the rich complexity of who we are in all its dimensions. The sharing will be in smaller groups that will change from session to session.

Who is initiating the space?
Four order members across a range of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) identities met to initiate this space. Bodhilila, Singhashri, Vimalasara, and Viveka. The idea for this has emerged from our friendships, collective imagination and an opening in our Triratna community. We chose to launch the space now given the current momentum in Triratna of acknowledging the need to acknowledge the impacts of racism and as Buddhists to work actively on learning about and support anti-racism and building the conditions for sangha that is inclusive of BIPOC/BAME people. We will be reaching out to other members of our community to join us in making this space vibrant and abundant.

Supporting this space:
Anyone can make a donation to resource this space and the programming.

We know many in the Triratna community, who in racialized societies live as a white identity, are supportive of the people the space is for, even though you do not walk in the shoes of racialized discrimination directly. What is the invitation to you? You are welcome to give us the gift of well-wishing and understanding the need for this kind of space to create room to breathe and be together. You may also make a solidarity donation to assist with the practical costs of this gathering.

Donate via thebuddhistcentre.com/give (please indicate it’s for ‘Welcoming Liberation’)

This event is offered by donation. If you can, please donate today and support others to attend who cannot afford to pay. Thank you!

Suggested donation:
$5  £5  €5 

Donations | Donaciones