West London Buddhist Centre
West London Buddhist Centre

WLBC Sutrathon 2021 – Following the Golden Thread

By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Tue, 26 Oct, 2021 - 12:43

WLBC Sutrathon 2021 – Following the Golden Thread

By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Tue, 26 Oct, 2021 - 12:43

Dear Friends

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....

West London Buddhist Centre
West London Buddhist Centre

Early Buddhism Study Group with Mitrananda and Ratnadeva

By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Wed, 29 Sep, 2021 - 17:38

Early Buddhism Study Group with Mitrananda and Ratnadeva

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...

West London Buddhist Centre
West London Buddhist Centre

With Bliss Bestowing Hands: Online Retreat

By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Tue, 14 Sep, 2021 - 14:43

With Bliss Bestowing Hands: Online Retreat

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...

West London Buddhist Centre
West London Buddhist Centre

Padmasambhava Festival: Into the Realm of Fierce Compassion (online)

By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Thu, 2 Sep, 2021 - 14:03

Padmasambhava Festival: Into the Realm of Fierce Compassion (online)

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...

West London Buddhist Centre
West London Buddhist Centre

Dharmavadana's White Lotus Sutra-thon Fundraiser for WLBC

By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Thu, 22 Oct, 2020 - 14:04

Dharmavadana's White Lotus Sutra-thon Fundraiser for WLBC

By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Thu, 22 Oct, 2020 - 14:04

Saturday 31 October 7pm – Sunday 1 November 11am

    The Buddha has preached the rare Law

    Never heard by us before.

As the first event in the Centre’s new fundraising campaign, Dharmavadana will be reading the entire White Lotus Sutra aloud, live, overnight on Hallowe’en.

Please sponsor Dharmavanda generously!

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...

West London Buddhist Centre
West London Buddhist Centre

Online Retreat: There's a Field...

By Ratnadeva on Thu, 9 Jul, 2020 - 19:22

Online Retreat: There's a Field...

By Ratnadeva on Thu, 9 Jul, 2020 - 19:22

Please register in advance for this retreat. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event. 

“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.”

​Following the success of our...

West London Buddhist Centre
West London Buddhist Centre

Buddha Day Festival

By yashobodhi on Sun, 11 May, 2014 - 13:56

Buddha Day Festival

By yashobodhi on Sun, 11 May, 2014 - 13:56The big gathering in the Buddhist year, celebrating the start of the whole thing, with the Buddha’s Awakening. His enlightenment was finally achieved on the full moon day of May, and we are celebrating on Sunday 18 May, do come along.

10:30 Meditation morning
Including guided meditation on the Buddha’s attainment, with Paramanda
1:00 Shared lunch (bring something veggie)
2:30 Readings and reflection
4:00 Talk by Ratnaprabha followed by meditation
6:00 Special Puja introduced by Jinananda, led by Paramananda,...