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Portsmouth Buddhist Center
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End-of-summer Break at PBC

By shraddhavani on Thu, 24 Aug, 2017 - 21:07

End-of-summer Break at PBC

By shraddhavani on Thu, 24 Aug, 2017 - 21:07

Portsmouth Buddhist Center will be closed for the next two weeks.  Join us this week, Sunday August 27 at Aryaloka Buddhist Center in Newmarket NH, at 3:00 PM, when we will witness and celebrate the public ordination of two new Triratna Order Members.  On Sunday September 3, we will be closed for the Labor Day holiday weekend.  Starting Sunday September 10, we will return to our topic, If the Buddha Lived in Portsmouth – exploring stories from the life of the Buddha...

Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

Meet the Buddha in Portsmouth This Sunday

By shraddhavani on Fri, 18 Aug, 2017 - 22:54

Meet the Buddha in Portsmouth This Sunday

By shraddhavani on Fri, 18 Aug, 2017 - 22:54

This Sunday, August 20, 10AM-12:30 PM, we will continue our summer theme, If the Buddha Lived in Portsmouth. In this series, we are considering how different episodes in the life of the Buddha can open the door to considering how his teachings relate to issues we are facing now in our own lives.  This week, we will look at the Buddha’s advice on how to choose what path is right for us among the many different suggestions on offer for...

Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

This Sunday Dharma Day at Aryaloka

By shraddhavani on Thu, 6 Jul, 2017 - 14:22

This Sunday Dharma Day at Aryaloka

By shraddhavani on Thu, 6 Jul, 2017 - 14:22

There will be no Sunday gathering at PBC this week, July 9.  

Instead, we encourage you to join friends from the larger Seacoast Sangha in celebrating Dharma Day at Aryaloka.  The day will start with a vegetarian potluck lunch at Noon and continue with sharing, discussing and meditating on favorite passages from the Buddha’s large body of inspiring teachings.  

ALSO there will be an exhibit of original artwork by local Triratna Order Members, including a painting by Viriyalila,...

Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

New Intro Course: Who Was the Buddha and Why Does He Matter?

By shraddhavani on Thu, 29 Jun, 2017 - 18:39

New Intro Course: Who Was the Buddha and Why Does He Matter?

By shraddhavani on Thu, 29 Jun, 2017 - 18:39

Our next four-week introductory course will be Who Was the Buddha and Why Does He Matter? A Practical Introduction. Join us Thursday evenings, 7-9 PM, July 13-August 3, to start getting acquainted with key Buddhist teachings, including meditation. The Buddha lived more than 2,500 years ago yet is still revered by millions of followers around the world as an exemplar of deep calm and profound kindness.  Learn his story and see how his wisdom can be usefully applied to everyday life.  Dh....

Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

This Sunday: Summer & the Good Life

By shraddhavani on Thu, 15 Jun, 2017 - 16:14

This Sunday: Summer & the Good Life

By shraddhavani on Thu, 15 Jun, 2017 - 16:14

This Sunday, June 18, 10AM - 12:30 PM, we will conclude our May-June topic, What is the Good Life? Seeing Past Materialism, Inequality & the Cult of Fashion. This has been a meditation-focused  program exploring the Brahma Viharas - four powerful meditation practices that help us cultivate kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. We will meditate together, as always, and then look at how the efforts and the fruits of meditation really do help us bring key aspects of a good...

Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

Consider Compassion This Sunday

By shraddhavani on Wed, 17 May, 2017 - 17:01

Consider Compassion This Sunday

By shraddhavani on Wed, 17 May, 2017 - 17:01

Sunday May 21, 10AM - 12:30 PM
This Sunday, Dh. Rijupatha will lead us as we continue with our topic: What is the Good Life? Seeing Past Materialism, Inequality and the Cult of Fashion.  In this series, we are exploring the Brahma Viharas, or “divine abodes” – meditations practiced by Buddhists the world over to cultivate kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity.  This week the focus will be on compassion, the wish that those who suffer may be free from their afflictions. Join...

Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

Meditation Tune-up This Sunday with Vajradaka

By shraddhavani on Wed, 10 May, 2017 - 18:00

Meditation Tune-up This Sunday with Vajradaka

By shraddhavani on Wed, 10 May, 2017 - 18:00

Sunday, May 14, 10AM - 12:30PM
This week we will take a break from our series on the Brahma Viharas to work with a master meditation teacher.  A visitor from the UK, Dh. Vajradaka will address how to clarify and translate the essential principles of meditation practice into a clearly thought out and practical approach which can suit you and which draws out the best of the meditation practices. He will use contemporary and relevant analogies...

Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

PBC Post-fire Update & Plans

By shraddhavani on Thu, 13 Apr, 2017 - 01:31

PBC Post-fire Update & Plans

By shraddhavani on Thu, 13 Apr, 2017 - 01:31

Friends,
As many of you know, there was a 5-alarm fire in Portsmouth NH on Monday, which destroyed several buildings adjacent to the Portsmouth Buddhist Center.  Our center has extensive water and smoke damage, and the building we are in will be closed for some time for repairs. We were covered by insurance and will likely be able to open again at that location some time in the future. In the meantime, starting next week, we will begin...

Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

Sunday: Letting Go Into the Unknown

By shraddhavani on Thu, 30 Mar, 2017 - 22:59

Sunday: Letting Go Into the Unknown

By shraddhavani on Thu, 30 Mar, 2017 - 22:59

Dh. Viriyalila will lead us again this Sunday April 2, 10 AM-12:30 PM. Following a period of meditation, we will continue our exploration of the Buddhist path of spiritual development.  The Buddha taught that things are not as they appear, yet we rely on things to be permanent and substantial. In order to allow ourselves to have direct experiences more in alignment with things as they really are, we need to let go into the unknown. This week, we will explore...

Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

Sunday March 26 - Positive Emotion

By shraddhavani on Thu, 23 Mar, 2017 - 14:59

Sunday March 26 - Positive Emotion

By shraddhavani on Thu, 23 Mar, 2017 - 14:59

This Sunday, March 26, 10AM - 12:30PM, we will continue our exploration of the stages of the spiritual path.  Led by Dh. Rijupatha, we will practice the Metta Bhavana, or Loving Kindness meditation. Then we will turn our attention to the second stage or aspect of spiritual development, positive emotion. Once we have set ourselves on the path, this is the quality of being and acting that enables us to follow that path wherever it leads. With positive emotion, we...

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