For those who have completed the 12 week introductory course and those familiar with the System of Dharma Life including the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana. This page gives you information on what’s on every week at the Buddhist Centre as well as special events and retreats.
An evening of talks, discussion, meditation and ritual exploring the current Sangha night theme. Sangha night is open to those who have completed our Introductory Course (not suitable for newcomers).
The Path to Awakening: Shantideva’s Bodhicaryavatara
The current sangha night theme explores the Bodhicaryavatara, the ‘guide to the path of awakening’, a Buddhist text of great significance both historically and within the Triratna Buddhist community. You can access a condensed study version of the text below to follow along as an accompaniment to the talks and take your Dharma study deeper.
Baked Potato Club
Doors open from 6pm – food served from 6.30pm.
We invite you to bring vegetarian accompaniments for our yummy baked potatoes – salads/vegetables, curry/chilli, hummus/dips – hot food especially welcome, or desserts and sweets! Coming along early for the shared meal is a great way to meet new friends, catch up with old ones and to help build Sangha.
7.30pm – 8.20pm Dharma Talk
8.20pm – 9.00pm Discussion groups
9.00pm – 9.20pm Tea Break
9.25pm – 10pm Meditation
Listen again to Sangha Night Talks
Watch the most recent Sangha Night talks below:
We run events of many sorts for people at all levels of commitment – short retreats, study of Buddhist texts, meditative ‘sesshins’ and occasional arts activities like singing workshops. We also celebrate the major festivals of the Buddhist calendar: Wesak and Parinirvana Day, commemorating the Buddha’s Enlightenment and his death; Dharma Day and Sangha Day celebrating the Buddha’s teachings and the spiritual community of his followers, and Padmasambhava Day when we fete the historical and mythological accomplishments of the character who established Buddhism in Tibet.
There is something on at the Centre most weekends. Most events are open to anyone already familiar with the Triratna Buddhist Community and the two main meditations we teach. If that isn’t you, look at the Newcomers page first.
And here's what's coming up over the next few weeks:
Monday to Friday 7.30am-8.20am Set up a regular meditation practice by meditating with others first thing. Each session has bells rung for the meditation.
Meditation Practice Evening
An evening of stillness and meditation. Led by Jayagupta and Dayarakshita.
One hour sessions including led body awareness and mindfulness of breathing or development of loving kindness meditation. Ideal for newcomers or anyone looking for a quieter, stiller way to spend their lunch hour.
Doors open from 12.30am, and the class starts promptly at 1pm, so if you can, come a little early, giving yourself a chance to ‘arrive’. Free, donations welcome.
Join the Mandala of Generosity
We invite everyone who uses the Buddhist Centre to be part of the mandala of generosity by giving money and/or practical help. The bedrock of the dana economy is the standing order income which pays the bills and the living expenses of the Centre Team. If you value the Centre, please consider setting up one of these.
You can also make donations online or put cheques (made out to ‘Sheffield Buddhist Centre’) in the Dana Bowls at the Centre.If you’d like to set up a standing order to us please go to our Standing Orders Page
Our busy Centre also relies on people being generous with practical help. So if you have some spare time, or if you have a particular talent or ability that might be helpful, please get in touch and tell us.
Our Centre runs on generosity or dana and we rely on many of the people attending our events to help keep our building and garden beautiful, clean and running efficiently. Most of the people running events are themselves volunteers.
Want to get involved? The Centre needs cleaners on Tuesday mornings (or let us know when suits you). Find out what else is going on by asking to go on our volunteer email list! We welcome offers of help of all sorts and if you just want to ‘help out’ but don’t know what needs doing, then just ask! Suryamati coordinates volunteering activity.
Contact her or talk to any member of the Centre Team.
The Centre needs help with practical tasks from gardening and DIY to leading school visits. Could you help? Join the gardening team on Mondays 10.30-1.30, talk to Suryamati or watch out for details about help needed.