By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Tue, 14 Sep, 2021 - 14:43
This online retreat will begin at 7pm on Sunday 26 September 7pm and finish at 5.30pm on Saturday 2 October. Led by Paramananda and Bodhilila.
‘Looking after oneself, one looks after others; looking after others, one looks after oneself’ – the Buddha
About this online retreat
The Buddha often said that he meditated out of compassion for all living beings (not just for enjoyment or for personal and spiritual development as many of us may do). In the zen tradition the aim of practice is to equip...
By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Thu, 2 Sep, 2021 - 14:03
Sunday 12 September, 10.30am - 4.30pm
Join us for a rich day of celebration and inspiration, as we explore the fierce compassion of Padmasambhava. With a talk, “A Messenger to Invoke the Guru’s Heart Stream” from Padmavajra.
Padmasambhava is an important figure in Buddhism. He is regarded in Tibet as a second Buddha. His fierce compassion and his many teachings inspire our practice of the Dharma and advise us how to lead a meaningful life. Padmasambhava shows us the way to transform energy so it flows freely...
By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Mon, 19 Jul, 2021 - 16:00
This online retreat runs from Sunday 25 July at 7pm and runs till Sunday 31 July at 5.30pm
Mandalas are cross cultural symbols of the relationship between the macrocosm and the microcosm of the human psyche. Helping us to understand, on the deepest level, our place in the universe. Within Buddhism they are used as an aid to meditation and contemplation.
On this retreat we will be imagining our own bodies as a mandala with our hearts as the central organising principle around which...
By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Sat, 29 May, 2021 - 11:48
This course runs over six Wednesdays 16 June to 21 July, 7-9pm
The Buddha has presented us with an inspiring path to liberation. The key stages on the journey are characterised by a progressive chain of positive mental states, such as bliss and serenity. Given the right conditions, each stage unfolds naturally from the previous, taking one closer to a realisation of how things really are and ultimately to liberation.
Over the six weeks of this course we will explore this inspiring trajectory through...
By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Sat, 29 May, 2021 - 11:45
This course will run on six Tuesdays 22 June to 3 August (*no class on Tuesday 13 July), 7-9.15pm.
Looking for a clear overview of essential teachings and practices at the heart of Buddhism? Join us for this course on key aspects of the Buddhist tradition that offer a path to greater freedom and confidence in the face of these unprecedented and uncertain times. We explore how to apply the teachings in your day-to-day life.
Classes will include a mixture of discussion, presentation and...
By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Sat, 29 May, 2021 - 11:36
‘Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.’
Join Bodhilila and Prajnanita as we boldly explore the world of Amoghasiddhi, the archetypal Buddha of action and fearlessness. His name means, ‘Unobstructed Success’ and he is particularly associated with integration and the union of opposites. On this retreat we will find out how the Buddha worked with anxiety and fear while also being inspired and...
By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Mon, 26 Apr, 2021 - 12:02
Here, reciting his poem ‘Perhaps’, Paramananda extends an invitation to the sangha:
“Come and join Bodhilila and myself for our online retreat, Our Breathing Body starting on 2 May. This will be an opportunity to explore how the breath can help us open our minds and our hearts to the world.”
By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Tue, 2 Mar, 2021 - 10:59
Due to the popularity of the WLBC’s Poetry Evening recently, we are inviting you all once more to our Precious Jewel fundraising finale on Friday 12 March, 7-9.30pm! There will be storytelling from Padmamati (Stephen Coates), music and words from Jonathan Cohen and a reading of poetic extracts from the writings of Jinananda – and much more!
By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Tue, 23 Feb, 2021 - 12:29
A chance to watch Bodhilila’s contribution from the Buddhists Across Traditions’ Black History USA and LGBTQIA+ Month.
Excerpt from the event blurb to get a sense of some of the themes covered:
“As activists, people of colour and those living often within marginalized bodies, it is important to take time to nourish ourselves from the daily trauma that we face in our daily lives. Nourishing ourselves is not an indulgence, self-care is a necessity for our survival and a living embodiment of
By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Wed, 17 Feb, 2021 - 16:31
Saturday 20 February, 7-9.30pm
Continuing our Precious Jewel Appeal fundraising series, we present Sangha Voices, an evening of poetry brought to you by members of the West London Buddhist Centre community. Our special guest Vishvantara reads from her work alongside poets: Paramananda, Chris Arning, Gurnam Bubber, Rachel Jagger, Silakirti, Val Johnson and others.