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North London Buddhist Centre
North London Buddhist Centre

Animated Programme for the North London Buddhist Centre

By Ratnaprabha on Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 - 17:22

Animated Programme for the North London Buddhist Centre

By Ratnaprabha on Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 - 17:22

Have a look at this lovely animation of an Autumn Buddha by Aryajit, featuring our Autumnprogramme of open events. 

The Sikkha Project
The Sikkha Project

New Sikkha Course now online

By dhammamegha on Fri, 5 Apr, 2019 - 15:16

New Sikkha Course now online

By dhammamegha on Fri, 5 Apr, 2019 - 15:16

A second Sheffield-designed course is now available online for you to use at your centres. Called Vision and Transformation, this six-week course takes relative newcomers through the noble eightfold path through input, discussion, reflection and meditation. The course is designed to follow after the 8 week Radical Dharma course. 

Starting with an emphasis on Vision, it leads though the process of Transformation: emotion, imagination, speech, right livelihood, and effort and attention in meditation. Here you’ll find Vadanya’s introductory videos for each week along with...

Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

New Intro Course: Mindfulness, Kindness and the Buddha's Way

By SarahF on Tue, 15 May, 2018 - 01:12

New Intro Course: Mindfulness, Kindness and the Buddha's Way

By SarahF on Tue, 15 May, 2018 - 01:12

Wednesdays, June 6-27, 7:00-9:00pm at Gateway Taiji, Qigong & Yoga Studio

Our new 4-week introductory course, led by Dh Narottama, will focus on two basic Buddhist meditation practices passed down through the centuries within the Buddhist tradition. Participants will learn everything they need to begin a regular mediation practice. The journey begins here! 

The course will at the beautiful ‘Gateway Taiji, Qigong & Yoga’ studio at 875 Islington Street, Portsmouth, NH map & directions. There is parking in...

Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

New Intro Course beginning June 6! "Mindfulness, Kindness and the Buddha's Way"

By SarahF on Thu, 10 May, 2018 - 02:50

New Intro Course beginning June 6! "Mindfulness, Kindness and the Buddha's Way"

By SarahF on Thu, 10 May, 2018 - 02:50

The Portsmouth Buddhist Center will be offering a new four-week intro course at Gateway Taiji, Qigong & Yoga studio at 875 Islington Street in Portsmouth on Wednesday evenings, June 6 - June 29 at 7-9 PM. Please look for details and registration next week. 

Triratna Resources
Triratna Resources

Dharma Teaching - Beginners Buddhism: Introduction to Buddhism Course (Sagaraghosha)

By Centre Team on Tue, 19 Jul, 2016 - 21:30

Sagaraghosa introduces an introduction to Buddhism course which is run for complete newcomers at the Cambridge Buddhist Centre…

The course was devised for people who may not have learnt to meditate. In Cambridge, we provide both meditation and the Buddhism course as possible first courses for newcomers. However short led meditations are included in the Buddhism course and can help to give a flavour of what it is like to meditate as well as helping the course to be grounded in experience.

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Triratna Resources
Triratna Resources

Dharma Teaching - Beginners Buddhism: Imagination, Beauty and Ritual, An Eight-Week Course (Padmavajri)

By Centre Team on Sun, 17 Jul, 2016 - 22:41

This course over eight weeks on The Place of Imagination, Beauty, and Ritual in the Spiritual Life was provided by Padmavajri from the Brighton Buddhist Centre.

Padmavajri says: “I led two groups on this. The course was aimed at any Mitras and it turned out I had a group of experienced Mitras, and a group of newer Mitras (one or two years old)… The two groups here loved it, enjoyed it, were challenged by it, and also were helped to understand ritual and the arts...

Triratna Resources
Triratna Resources

Dharma Teaching - Beginners Buddhism: Ritual and Devotion, A Course In Six-Weeks (Vajrapriya)

By Centre Team on Sun, 17 Jul, 2016 - 22:12

Exploring the psychology and meaning of Buddhist ritual through the ‘Sevenfold Puja’

A six-week course exploring Buddhist ritual. Provided by Vajrapriya, Cambridge Buddhist Centre, UK. Module 5 of Vajrapriya’s Buddhism Two Course in six modules.

Download this overview here

Overview

  1. Who/what do Buddhists worship? Commitment to a path of personal development.
     
  2. The practice of openness, disclosure and confession.
     
  3. The importance of developing positive emotion.
     
  4. Receptivity: turning towards what is deepest in ourselves and the universe.
     
  5. The ‘Awakening Heart’
  6. ...
Triratna Resources
Triratna Resources

Dharma Teaching - Beginners Buddhism: Mahayana Buddhism, A Six-Week Course (Achala)

By Centre Team on Sun, 17 Jul, 2016 - 21:36

Here you can download handouts for a six-week course introducing the various schools of Mahayana Buddhism. The handouts were provided by Achala from New Zealand. Please note that Achala says they all need further improvement! 

This is what Achala said about his intentions when designing this course:

I tried to construct a course such that it:

  • covers what an average human being needs to effectively practice Buddhism.
     
  • doesn’t not have a scholastic bent (so a few Pali/Sanskrit terms seemed reasonable but not so many as
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Triratna Resources
Triratna Resources

Dharma Teaching - Gurus of the Past from the Triratna Refuge Tree - A Six-Week Course (Achala)

By Centre Team on Sun, 17 Jul, 2016 - 21:14

Here you can download Achala’s notes for a six-week course on exemplary practitioners and teachers of the Dharma-selected teachers from the Triratna Refuge Tree.

This is what Achala said about his intentions when designing this course:

I tried to construct a course such that it:

  • covers what an average human being needs to effectively practice Buddhism.
     
  • doesn’t not have a scholastic bent (so a few Pali/Sanskrit terms seemed reasonable but not so many as to give the impression that the courses are oriented towards bookish
...
Triratna Resources
Triratna Resources

Dharma Teaching - Beginners Buddhism: Buddhist Ethics, A Six-Week Course (Vajrapriya)

By Centre Team on Sun, 17 Jul, 2016 - 20:50

Seeing the implications of our behaviour for ourselves and others. 

A six-week course exploring Buddhist Ethics. Provided by Vajrapriya, Cambridge Buddhist Centre, UK. This is the fourth module of Vajrapriya’s Level Two Buddhism Course in six modules.

Download this overview here

Overview

  • Ethics as individual choice
  • Love – the golden rule
  • Generosity – respecting and contributing
  • Contentment – weakening the neurotic drives
  • Honesty – being true about ourselves
  • Awareness – the working edge for any growth

Week 1: Ethics As Individual Choice

a) Attitudes when trying to communicate ethics

b) Notes for the teacher, including suggestions for:

  • Learning outcomes for module
  • Exercise: Why practise ethics?
  • Sources of ethical judgment
  • The workings of karma
  • Intention
  • ...

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