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The Bodhisattva Response. Online Weekend Retreat with Visuddhimati & Lalitaraja -

By Ratnaprabha on Tue, 20 Oct, 2020 - 11:52

The Bodhisattva Response. Online Weekend Retreat with Visuddhimati & Lalitaraja -

By Ratnaprabha on Tue, 20 Oct, 2020 - 11:52

On this online retreat we’ll explore how to foster the Bodhisattva spirit within our own hearts as we respond to life’s ups and downs, inspired by the Bodhisattva Kshitigarbha. Seeking to keep the heart open to both joy and sorrow, we’ll be marking the anniversary of Sangharakshita’s death and celebrating Samhain, the ancient Celtic festival which marks the beginning of winter.

Suitable for regulars and people who have some experience of meditation and Buddhism. Not recommended for newcomers. See below to book.

The retreat will...

North London Buddhist Centre
North London Buddhist Centre

Lammas festival at NLBC Sangha Night

By Ratnaprabha on Thu, 23 Jul, 2020 - 19:31

Lammas festival at NLBC Sangha Night

By Ratnaprabha on Thu, 23 Jul, 2020 - 19:31

19:00, 3 August 

Marking the mid-point between the summer solstice and the autumnal equinox, Lammas is a time for gathering in and giving thanks for abundance. The word ‘Lammas’ is derived from ‘loaf mass’, and indicates how central and honoured is the first loaf from the first harvested grain.

Our puja, led by Lalitaraja, will celebrate the mythic Buddha Ratnasambhava, who is associated with generosity and abundance.  If you wish, bring props for our ritual: a broom, mint, green and/or gold ribbon, fresh baked bread.
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North London Buddhist Centre
North London Buddhist Centre

Sangha Night Buddhism, Mondays, 19:00

By Ratnaprabha on Sat, 9 May, 2020 - 20:47

Sangha Night Buddhism, Mondays, 19:00

By Ratnaprabha on Sat, 9 May, 2020 - 20:47

11 May: Celebrating the Buddha’s Enlightenment
With Manjumitra, Khemananda, Lalitaraja, Santva and Friends. The evening will include meditation, a talk by Khemananda - ‘Reflections on the Buddha’s Enlightenment’, and ritual.
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Meeting ID: 878 7847 7026, Password: 019357

18 May: Going for Refuge in Meditation 2 – Meditate like it matters!

A follow-on evening with Lalitaraja looking at Going for Refuge in meditation and meditation as a ground for deepening Going for Refuge.
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North London Buddhist Centre
North London Buddhist Centre

Buddha Day tomorrow (10 May): changed programme

By Ratnaprabha on Sat, 9 May, 2020 - 20:39

Buddha Day tomorrow (10 May): changed programme

By Ratnaprabha on Sat, 9 May, 2020 - 20:39

Buddha Day this Sunday, 10 May

Zoom link for all Buddha Day sessions here.

This is the big festival of the year, celebrating the Buddha’s awakening under the Bodhi Tree on the full moon day of May. Ratnaprabha will be in the centre shrine-room to host the festival sessions.
       
10:30 -12 midday, Slideshow by Ratnaprabha on the Buddha’s visitors under the Bodhi tree, Mythic Beings at the Buddha’s Awakening, also on YouTube Live, followed by questions and meditation.
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North London Buddhist Centre
North London Buddhist Centre

Buddha Day Festival

By Ratnaprabha on Thu, 30 Apr, 2020 - 12:20

Buddha Day Festival

By Ratnaprabha on Thu, 30 Apr, 2020 - 12:20

Sunday 10 May, Zoom link for all sessions here.

Come together online with the North London Sangha to celebrate the very start of Buddhism, the Buddha’s awakening under the Bodhi Tree on the full moon day of May.
 
10:30 -12 midday, a workshop on anapanasati (breath mindfulness) with Singhashri.
14:00-15:00, Slideshow by Ratnaprabha on the Buddha’s visitors under the Bodhi tree, also on YouTube Live.
16:00 -16:30, Buddha Day readings organised by Santva
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North London Buddhist Centre
North London Buddhist Centre

Sangha Night Buddhism

By Ratnaprabha on Thu, 30 Apr, 2020 - 12:15

Sangha Night Buddhism

By Ratnaprabha on Thu, 30 Apr, 2020 - 12:15

Mondays, 19:00

4 May: Deepening my Going for Refuge - what does this mean?
The Particular (me) and the Universal (the bigger picture). With Santva and Friends.  
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11 May: Celebrating the Buddha’s Enlightenment
With Manjumitra, Khemananda, Lalitaraja, Santva and Friends. The evening will include meditation, a talk by Khemananda - ‘Reflections on the Buddha’s Enlightenment’, and ritual.
Join Zoom Meeting

All welcome, intended for those with a genuine interest in following the...

North London Buddhist Centre
North London Buddhist Centre

Beltane Puja

By Ratnaprabha on Thu, 30 Apr, 2020 - 12:07

Beltane Puja

By Ratnaprabha on Thu, 30 Apr, 2020 - 12:07

Friday 1 May, 19:30, with Lalitaraja. Join via this Zoom link.

Celebrating the halfway point between equinox and solstice. The female Buddha Prajnaparamita (Perfect Wisdom) will be the central focus for the puja – her synthesis of wisdom and compassion arises in the realisation of emptiness.

An evening of ritual honouring Beltane. Beltane celebrates the rites of passion and fertility, of union, or differently put of the integration of wisdom and compassion. Prajnaparamita will be...

North London Buddhist Centre
North London Buddhist Centre

Sangha Night Buddhism, Mondays, 19:00

By Ratnaprabha on Fri, 17 Apr, 2020 - 10:08

Sangha Night Buddhism, Mondays, 19:00

By Ratnaprabha on Fri, 17 Apr, 2020 - 10:08

20 April Santva on Going for Refuge to the Three Jewels - What is this and what might it look like?  Santva reflects on her spiritual journey - change, courage, true and false refuges, family, joining the Triratna Buddhist Order. The evening will include meditation and ritual.
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27 April  Going for Refuge in Meditation
Lalitaraja takes up the theme of going for refuge and explores its ramifications for meditation practice.
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North London Buddhist Centre
North London Buddhist Centre

Sangha Night, 'The Religion of Art'

By Ratnaprabha on Mon, 30 Mar, 2020 - 12:54

Sangha Night, 'The Religion of Art'

By Ratnaprabha on Mon, 30 Mar, 2020 - 12:54

Monday 30 March, 19:00
Lalitaraja is a dance artist and educator as well as a committed Buddhist. He reflects on some of the key themes in Sangharakshita’s ‘The Religion of Art’ and their impact on his practice.

Join Zoom Meeting here.  Meeting ID: 441 207 687. Donate here.

The 6 April Sangha night will be led by Santva.