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Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

New Introductory Course Starts March 30

By shraddhavani on Thu, 16 Mar, 2017 - 15:41

New Introductory Course Starts March 30

By shraddhavani on Thu, 16 Mar, 2017 - 15:41

Join our next four-week introductory course, Get to Know Your Mind with Buddhism, Thursdays 7 - 9PM, March 30 - April 20.  In this course, the main focus will be on learning two traditional Buddhist meditations: Mindfulness of Breathing and Cultivation of Loving Kindness (Metta Bhavana).  You do not need to be a Buddhist to benefit from these practices, but understanding the role of meditation in the Buddhist context may help you benefit more fully.  Here is what one meditation teacher, Paramananda, says in his...

Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

This Sunday: Integration - Dawning of Awareness

By shraddhavani on Thu, 16 Mar, 2017 - 14:55

This Sunday: Integration - Dawning of Awareness

By shraddhavani on Thu, 16 Mar, 2017 - 14:55

This Sunday, March 19, 10AM-12:30 PM, we continue with our exploration of the spiritual path.  Following a period of meditation, led by Dh. Viriyalila, we will encounter the first stage, or aspect, of spiritual development – Integration. Here, we look within ourselves to more fully understand our thoughts, feelings, and actions in light of our spiritual aspirations and Dharmic perspective. By more fully understanding all the parts of ourselves, horizontally and vertically, as it were, we begin to...

Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

New Sunday Series: A Path with Heart

By shraddhavani on Thu, 9 Mar, 2017 - 15:57

New Sunday Series: A Path with Heart

By shraddhavani on Thu, 9 Mar, 2017 - 15:57

A spiritual journey is marked by movement from one state of being to another. How do we traverse this path? What does ours look like? A straight line to the mountain top, or a meandering wander around the base of the mountain with a slow incline?

Join us, as over the next eight Sunday mornings, 10AM - 12:30, we delve into our understanding and experience of the spiritual path we have embarked upon.  This week, March 12, Dh. Viriyalila will lead us...

Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

What the Buddha Taught: Introduction to Buddhism & Meditation

By shraddhavani on Fri, 10 Feb, 2017 - 19:14

What the Buddha Taught: Introduction to Buddhism & Meditation

By shraddhavani on Fri, 10 Feb, 2017 - 19:14

Join our next four-week introductory course, Thursdays 7-9PM, February 23-March 16. Our topic is What the Buddha Taught: Big Ideas and the Possibility of Real Change in Your Life.  Learn to meditate and become acquainted with the core teachings of Buddhism, which focus on seeing things as they are and on training ourselves to approach life with greater equanimity and kindness toward oursleves and others. Dh. Suddhayu will lead this course.

Registration is free.  Sign up here to ensure a place. Offered...

Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

Sunday Program: Valuing the Arts, Science and Culture

By shraddhavani on Thu, 9 Feb, 2017 - 22:06

Sunday Program: Valuing the Arts, Science and Culture

By shraddhavani on Thu, 9 Feb, 2017 - 22:06

Update, February 11: Hi folks. We’ve decided to cancel Sunday morning’s program this week because of the crazy snowstorm! We’ll hopefully see you for an exploration of this topic next Sunday, same time. Stay safe and warm!

This Sunday, February 12, 10AM-12:30 PM, we continue our winter series on The Six Emphases of of a Modern Buddhist Community with the topic Valuing the Arts, Science and Culture.

Each week through February, we’re exploring what makes a modern Buddhist community. This week...

Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

Meeting the Buddha: Women's Practice Morning

By shraddhavani on Tue, 7 Feb, 2017 - 20:57

Meeting the Buddha: Women's Practice Morning

By shraddhavani on Tue, 7 Feb, 2017 - 20:57

Saturday, March 18, 9AM - 1PM at Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Come discover the Buddha and his teachings through the eyes and experiences of his disciples. We will read and discuss excerpts from the Pali Canon, the earliest collection of Buddhist writings. You’ll meet some rather magnificent characters including Bahiya, Kisagotami, and Meghiya - all with a story to tell!

Led by Dh. Viriyalila. This day is for women who have an interest in going deeper with their Buddhist practice.

Offered by...

Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

Sunday Program: The World of Work and Our Values

By shraddhavani on Fri, 3 Feb, 2017 - 14:59

Sunday Program: The World of Work and Our Values

By shraddhavani on Fri, 3 Feb, 2017 - 14:59

We continue our series on What Makes A  Modern Buddhist Community this Sunday, February 5, 10AM - 12:30 PM. Led by Dh. Candradasa. Here’s what he says:

“The next Sunday program in our series on what Buddhism needs to address in the modern world, we’re looking at the world of work.

“How do our values affect our working lives, our choice of jobs, our relationship with colleagues? We’ll explore how Buddhist ethics can help navigate this key area of everyday life...

Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

New Four-Week Course: Who Was the Buddha and Why Does He Matter?

By shraddhavani on Wed, 18 Jan, 2017 - 15:24

New Four-Week Course: Who Was the Buddha and Why Does He Matter?

By shraddhavani on Wed, 18 Jan, 2017 - 15:24

Our next four week beginners course starts this week!  

Join us on Thursday evenings 7-9 PM, January 19 - February 9, to learn basic meditations for developing mindfulness and positive emotion and get acquainted with the historical figure who is the inspiration for Buddhist practice the world over.  Siddhartha Gautama, who became the Buddha more than 2,500 years ago, offers a model for approaching the challenges inherent in life and relationships with deep calm and profound kindness – positive qualities we can...

Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

Mitra Ceremony Sunday January 8, 2017

By shraddhavani on Fri, 30 Dec, 2016 - 22:34

Mitra Ceremony Sunday January 8, 2017

By shraddhavani on Fri, 30 Dec, 2016 - 22:34

On Sunday, January 8, at 10AM, Portsmouth Buddhist Center joyously opens its doors to 2017 with a double Mitra ceremony for Meagan VanHoogan and Laura Horwood-Benton.  

A Mitra ceremony involves a formal, public declaration of the intention to explore what it is like being a Buddhist and practicing Buddhist ethical precepts, in the context of the Triratna Buddhist community.  “Mitra” is a Sanskrit word meaning “friend,” so it is also a ceremonial expression of joining and being welcomed into a community...

Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

December Sundays - The Three Marks of Existence

By shraddhavani on Fri, 2 Dec, 2016 - 21:25

December Sundays - The Three Marks of Existence

By shraddhavani on Fri, 2 Dec, 2016 - 21:25

Over the next three weeks till Christmas Dh. Candradasa will lead us in exploring the deepest personal truths offered by the Buddhist path.

The ‘Three Marks of Existence’ is a teaching that can offer a glimpse of what lies past the confusions of everyday life. It points to how we can learn to see things - and experience life itself - in a profoundly new and more satisfying, more meaningful way.

Join us Sundays 10am till 12.30pm as we open up to the possibilities...

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