The West London Buddhist Centre is looking for either a Mitra Convenor (full-time) or 2 Mitra Convenors (part-time) to nourish and grow its sangha and support its vibrant mitra community. Ratnadeva, our beloved Mitra Convenor of the past 5 years, will be leaving London in April 2024.
The job involves:
regular teaching activities at the centre and on retreats
engaging with newcomers, developing connections and friendships and supporting them in their involvement with centre activities
supporting everyone in the community to go deeper in their practice, including those
By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Tue, 26 Oct, 2021 - 12:43
With the end of October approaching and the evenings drawing in, it has been almost a year since Dharmavadana embarked on his feat of reading The White Lotus Sutra over a whole night. He raised the incredible sum of £2,039 for our wonderful centre. Following in the footsteps of Dharmavadana’s golden path of inspiration…. the annual Sutrathon is born!
Here we are now, 15 courses, 13 events, 10 retreats and many hours of shared practice in our weekly and monthly classes later....
By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Wed, 29 Sep, 2021 - 17:38
Join Mitrananda and Ratnadeva for study of these earliest Buddhist scriptures, exploring what message they might have for us in these unprecedented and uncertain times. We will start each session with a brief period of Pali chanting and meditation before we read and reflect on a sutta.
Session 7 – October 24, 4-5.30pm (UK)
Many of you will have experienced how, instead of seeing things objectively, a profusion of ideas may arise in the mind which obscures our ability to see things...
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...
Dharmavadana says: ‘The White Lotus Sutra, with its wonderful stories and powerful poetry, is one of my favourite sutras. Dating from between the first and second centuries CE, it is one of the most revered of all Mahayana...
“So this bardo is an opportunity for us, for people, to come together in a different feeling of consciousness, a different feeling towards the world - which is a feeling of the heart.
Which of course isn’t to say that the intellect (rationality, science) isn’t going to be a very important contribution if we are going to work our way out of this, all the difficulty that we face. But actually...
“Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing there is a field I will meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to speak of ideas, language even the notion one another makes no sense.”