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Portsmouth Buddhist Center
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Sunday Program - Share Your Gratitude

By shraddhavani on Wed, 23 Nov, 2016 - 01:24

Sunday Program - Share Your Gratitude

By shraddhavani on Wed, 23 Nov, 2016 - 01:24

This coming Sunday, November 27, 10AM - 12PM, we’ll meet for meditation and a simple ritual (puja) to honor the presence of Gratitude in our lives. Please feel free to bring a short poem or reflection on gratitude to share in the puja. Led by Dh. Viriyalila.

This is our regular community gathering, and all are welcome!  
Offered by donation: $10-5 suggested.

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Saturday workshop: Finding Freedom, Seeing Things as They Are

By shraddhavani on Fri, 18 Nov, 2016 - 15:56

Saturday workshop: Finding Freedom, Seeing Things as They Are

By shraddhavani on Fri, 18 Nov, 2016 - 15:56

Saturday December 17, 10AM - 2PM, Dh Bodhipaksa will lead an exploration of the “three marks” (or lakkhanas) that characterize our experience - impermanence, insubstantiality and unsatisfactoriness.  This class will build on the theme of our December Sunday community gatherings, offering an opportunity to explore an important topic more fully.  Register below to ensure your place. Here’s what Bodhipaksa says about what the day will cover:


“According to Buddhism, our everyday perceptions of ourselves, and of the world we live in, are...

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Portsmouth Buddhist Center

Sunday - Buddha's Advice on Living Well

By shraddhavani on Fri, 18 Nov, 2016 - 15:44

Sunday - Buddha's Advice on Living Well

By shraddhavani on Fri, 18 Nov, 2016 - 15:44


In the Buddha’s day, those of his followers who were not forest-dwelling monks or nuns but stayed in their homes with their families were called “householders.” This week Dh. Khemavassika will share a short version of a Buddhist sutta which contains the Buddha’s advice to householders about how to be prosperous and healthy. We will explore how this advice might be applicable to living in Portsmouth in 2016.  

This is our weekly community gathering and all are welcome.  Join us for meditation,...

Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

Beginners Course - Buddhism, Meditation & Peace in our Communities

By shraddhavani on Fri, 4 Nov, 2016 - 14:04

Beginners Course - Buddhism, Meditation & Peace in our Communities

By shraddhavani on Fri, 4 Nov, 2016 - 14:04

Thursday evenings, 7-9PM, December 1 - 22.

This four-week course, led by Dh. Suddhayu, offers an opportunity for those new - and not so new - to Buddhist meditation to explore how these practices can offer insights into building peaceful relationships.  We teach traditional Buddhist meditations, but you do not need to be a Buddhist to practice and benefit from them.

The Metta Bhavana, or Loving Kindness, meditation teaches the cultivation of positive emotion toward oneself and others, the necessary basis for spiritual life and...

Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

Sunday Program - The Path Forward

By shraddhavani on Thu, 3 Nov, 2016 - 18:49

Sunday Program - The Path Forward

By shraddhavani on Thu, 3 Nov, 2016 - 18:49

This Sunday, November 6, we will continue with our topic of recent weeks - how to work with our mind to move toward greater positivity and equanimity.  This week and next, Dh. Candradasa, will lead us in looking at “Knowing Where You’re Going And Steering A Clear Path.”  Here’s what Candradasa has to say: 

“The Buddha’s Dharma is designed to help you map your own path by learning how your mind works. As we journey along together as a community, we’ll take...

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Sunday Program: Infusion - Our Foundation of Faith

By shraddhavani on Wed, 12 Oct, 2016 - 17:48

Sunday Program: Infusion - Our Foundation of Faith

By shraddhavani on Wed, 12 Oct, 2016 - 17:48

Join our community gathering in Portsmouth this Sunday, October 16, 10AM - 12 PM. We are in the middle of a series of conversations led by Dh. Viriyalila, focused on how we can work with our minds to develop kindness and equanimity in relation to the people in our lives and the events happening around us.  This week our topic is faith. Here is what Viriyalila says about it:

 ”Sraddha is the cornerstone of Buddhist practice, the most fundamental positive mental state...

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Portsmouth Buddhist Center

Sunday Program: Still Pools - Heart-Mind Clarity

By shraddhavani on Wed, 5 Oct, 2016 - 23:20

Sunday Program: Still Pools - Heart-Mind Clarity

By shraddhavani on Wed, 5 Oct, 2016 - 23:20

Join us this Sunday, October 9, 10AM-12PM, as we continue our exploration of “Mind in Harmony,” looking at how we can learn to work with our minds to achieve greater positivity and equanimity in our responses to the world around us.  Our leader in this series, Dh. Viriyalila, says this about the topic for this Sunday:  ”Seeing ourselves clearly, in outward actions of body and speech, as well as our more private inward actions of the mind, is...

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Portsmouth Buddhist Center

Sunday Program: Round and Round It Goes - Patterning of the Mind

By shraddhavani on Thu, 29 Sep, 2016 - 14:43

Sunday Program: Round and Round It Goes - Patterning of the Mind

By shraddhavani on Thu, 29 Sep, 2016 - 14:43

This Sunday, October 2, 10AM - 12PM, we continue our exploration of mind and mental events, led by Dh. Viriyalila. In the complicated and conflicted times we live in, learning to work with our minds is, from the Buddhist perspective, the essential skill for living ethically and finding equanimity.  This week, Viriyalila will help us grasp the concept of karma and see how it can bring greater clarity to our understanding of mental processes.  Here is what she says: 

Karma...

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Portsmouth Buddhist Center

Beginners Course: Medicine for the Heart and Mind, October 6

By shraddhavani on Sat, 24 Sep, 2016 - 15:02

Beginners Course: Medicine for the Heart and Mind, October 6

By shraddhavani on Sat, 24 Sep, 2016 - 15:02

Our next four-week beginners course will be Thursday evenings 7-9 PM, running from October 6 to October 27. In this course, Dh. Suddhayu will provide an introduction to the Buddha’s teachings, with an emphasis on how they can help us navigate the complicated world of conditions and relationships.  Each session will also include a period of guided meditation suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience meditating.  Offered by donation: $40 suggested for the 4-week course.

Registration is free.  Sign up ...

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The Sangha Jewel this Sunday

By shraddhavani on Thu, 15 Sep, 2016 - 16:43

The Sangha Jewel this Sunday

By shraddhavani on Thu, 15 Sep, 2016 - 16:43

This Sunday, September 18, 10AM-12PM, we will conclude our series on going for refuge to the Three Jewels of Buddhism by considering how we are supported by the community of people, like ourselves, who are exploring the spiritual path laid out by the Buddha.  We will begin the morning with a period of meditation and conclude with a Threefold Puja – a short, collective, recitation of verses celebrating the Three Jewels.  All are welcome.  Offered by donation: $10-5 suggested.

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