As we enter a future of increased physical isolation finding skilful ways to connect online as a Sheffield Sangha is becoming more important.

Slack is a simple way for all the Sangha to stay connected and to find out about upcoming events and Centre news.

Contact us to sign up.

At the Sheffield Buddhist Centre we’ve updated some of the activities at the Centre in line with step 3 of the government road map.

It is still allowed for people to attend “places of worship” for ”communal worship”. Outdoor worship of up to 30 people people are allowed, and we are continuing to offer volunteering opportunities in line with government guidelines. You can be indoors with groups of no more than 6 people or 2 households.

You are required to book for all in-person events. When booking a place please consider
 
  • You are required to wear a mask in the building (unless exempt).
  • We will record the details of everyone coming into the Centre for Track and Trace.
  • If you are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in contact with someone with Covid do not to come to the Centre until the NHS advises you that it is safe to do so.
 

We are doing all we can to set up and implement Covid secure protocols but ultimately it is the responsibility of each individual to make the decision to come to our in person events. Where possible we will be offering an online option.

Satyajyoti
Chair, Sheffield Buddhist Centre
25.05.21

We are following the Government’s Covid-19 Secure Guidelines. Here are the changes we’re asking you to bear in mind if you come:

  • Feeling unwell – Please do not visit the Buddhist Centre if you are feeling unwell or experiencing Covid-19 symptoms. We hope you understand this measure is to keep all of us safe and to prevent the transmission of the virus. If you have booked and are subsequently unable to attend, please email us at info@www.sheffieldbuddhistcentre.org so that someone else can use your place.
  • Physical distancing – We ask all participants to maintain a 2-metre distance from other people.
  • Face Covering – When entering the building please wear a face covering
  • Hand washing and hand sanitiser – We ask all participants to wash their hands upon entering or leaving the building. There are also hand sanitiser stations around the building.
  • One-way system – There will be a one-way system in operation and access to the main areas of the building. The event team will be on hand to guide you. 
  • Booking on an event – book through our website or email us at info@www.sheffieldbuddhistcentre.org if you would like to attend an in-person event.
  • Cleaning – All frequently touched areas will be cleaned before and after each event
  • Water – Please bring your own drink if possible.
  • Gardens – We encourage you to use the garden and the three sheltered areas on either side of the building.
 

We are following government guidelines however please take into consideration there is an increased risk of COVID infection when attending in person classes at the Buddhist Centre.

Calendar

Event List

Sat - Sun
19 - 20Jun
Men’s Outdoor Gathering
2:00 pm - 12:00 pm

Spend a night under the stars with other guys in the sangha. Hang out, walk in the wilds, cook over the fire and camp together.

We’ll set up camp from 2pm at Paula’s place up on Wharncliffe chase – expect fairly rough and ready conditions, with plenty of space and excellent views plus free roaming chickens and friendly dogs. We could go for a walk through the woods or explore the nearby Dragon’s Den hidden in the rocks. Bring food to cook and eat together around the fire.

Feel free to come up for the evening.

A short drive from Sheffield or travel by bike or even make the journey on foot. Contact Edward or John for the address.

 

Sun - Sun
20 - 20Jun
Green Tara in action: Litter pick, puja and picnic, Sunday 20th June
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Join Clair and Lilamati for a weekend litter pick in a context of ritual, devotion, mindfulness… and enjoyment!
Can we approach the task of litter picking as if it were a treasure hunt?

 

Discover some of the magical green spaces of Walkley and Upperthorpe, and help keep them beautiful for the benefit of all beings!

 

Meet at the Buddhist Centre at 10.00 for opening ritual and briefing. Litter grabbers, plastic bags and disposable gloves will be provided (or feel free to bring your own)

 

We’ll return to the Buddhist Centre around 11.45 for an outdoor Green Tara Puja, followed by a picnic in the garden. (Bring picnic food if you’d like to stay for lunch.)


Sun - Sun
20 - 20Jun
A poetic, meditative exploration of the summer solstice
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Another in a series of beautiful events led by Punyamala, Bodhivasini and Clair marking the solstices and equinoxes.

 

The Event will be hosted on zoom

 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85479771651

 

 

 

 

 


Mon - Mon
21 - 21Jun
Early Morning Meditation
7:00 am - 7:45 am

Join the men’s community in the Great Hall for weekday morning meditations. Please book if you would like to reserve a place, or you can drop in as it’s unlikely that we will reach our social distanced capacity.

It is an un-led meditation practice; mindfulness of breathing and metta bhavana on alternate days.

Please arrive a few minutes early to get set up.

*** You can now join Morning Meditation through Zoom! ***

For a limited time, morning meditations will also be live on Zoom for you to join. Log in before 7am to hear the bells straight from the Great Hall every weekday morning.

Zoom link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88363873849?pwd=T3hVTWYvd2xsNURLZ2docGU1UGVWUT09
Passcode: awake

In person meditation in the Great hall is still available.

Tue - Tue
22 - 22Jun
Early Morning Meditation
7:00 am - 7:45 am

Join the men’s community in the Great Hall for weekday morning meditations. Please book if you would like to reserve a place, or you can drop in as it’s unlikely that we will reach our social distanced capacity.

It is an un-led meditation practice; mindfulness of breathing and metta bhavana on alternate days.

Please arrive a few minutes early to get set up.

*** You can now join Morning Meditation through Zoom! ***

For a limited time, morning meditations will also be live on Zoom for you to join. Log in before 7am to hear the bells straight from the Great Hall every weekday morning.

Zoom link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88363873849?pwd=T3hVTWYvd2xsNURLZ2docGU1UGVWUT09
Passcode: awake

In person meditation in the Great hall is still available.

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Sangha Night

'Building the Buddha-land'

‘An ideal environment for spiritual development’, the Buddhaland is a symbol at the heart of the Sheffield sangha, a vision behind which we gather and create community through practising the Dharma.

This series of talks aims to deepen our understanding of what this means and explore ways of doing it together.

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).

‘Hybrid’ Sangha Night

Book your place if you would like to attend in person to listen to the talk in the Great Hall followed by discussion groups (hosted outdoors) and meditation. Click the event titles on this page to book.

Programme

7.15pm  Zoom room Open

7.30pm – 8.05pm Dharma Talk

8.05pm – 8.15pm Tea Break

8.15pm – 8.55pm Discussion groups

8.55pm – 9.00pm Tea Break

9.00pm – 9.30pm Meditation

Coming up at Sangha Night

Tue - Tue
22 - 22Jun
Sangha Night
7:15 pm - 9:30 pm

More details to come.

 


Tue - Tue
29 - 29Jun
Mitra Ceremonies
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Tonight at Sangha Night, come and celebrate with the folks who will become Mitras in a moving ceremony, full of joy and colour.

Main event from 7.30pm


Tue - Tue
6 - 6Jul
Sangha Night
7:15 pm - 9:30 pm

More details to come.

 


Tue - Tue
13 - 13Jul
Sangha Night
7:15 pm - 9:30 pm

More details to come.

 


Tue - Tue
20 - 20Jul
Sangha Night
7:15 pm - 9:30 pm

More details to come.

 


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Listen again to Sangha night talks

Exploring the 7-fold Puja

Vadanya goes through the significance of the different elements of a traditional Buddhist ritual; the 7-fold puja, and helps us to understand the meaning and symbolism within this act of worship. A clear and direct talk about the importance of serving something higher than ourselves. Given at Sangha Night at the Sheffield Buddhist Centre - 15.6.21.

Serving Something Bigger

Three talks about being a hand of Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva of compassion.

Sheffield Buddhist Centre - Sangha Night 9.6.21

Guidance from the Bodhicaryavatara

Dharmamayi introduces the Paramitas, the Perfections practiced by the Bodhisatvas, and gives real life examples on how we too can practice these. Drawing upon the teachings of Santideva from the Bodhicaryavatara, Dharmamayi gives an accessible Buddhist talk that inspires us to help create a Buddha-land together. Given at Sangha Night 1.6.21 at the Sheffield Buddhist Centre.

Special Events

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: 

Special Events coming up

Sat - Sun
19 - 20Jun
Men’s Outdoor Gathering
2:00 pm - 12:00 pm

Spend a night under the stars with other guys in the sangha. Hang out, walk in the wilds, cook over the fire and camp together.

We’ll set up camp from 2pm at Paula’s place up on Wharncliffe chase – expect fairly rough and ready conditions, with plenty of space and excellent views plus free roaming chickens and friendly dogs. We could go for a walk through the woods or explore the nearby Dragon’s Den hidden in the rocks. Bring food to cook and eat together around the fire.

Feel free to come up for the evening.

A short drive from Sheffield or travel by bike or even make the journey on foot. Contact Edward or John for the address.

 

Sat - Sat
26 - 26Jun
Sangha Works Day
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Sangha Works day this Saturday 26th June

10am-2pm

We’ll be coming together as a Sangha continuing to ready the building and gardens for the reopening of the Buddhist Centre.

Delicious lunch provided.

Please book below so we know how many to expect on the day.

 


Fri - Fri
2 - 2Jul
Celebrating the Life of Linda Holmes
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

 

An opportunity to rejoice in Linda and to celebrate her life by sharing in a ritual.

Currently we can have a limited amount of people in the Tent for this event, and others can join via zoom. If  you’d like to book in person but the event is full, please add your name to the wait list or email the centre at info@sheffieldbuddhistcentre.org.

https://zoom.us/j/92715419527?pwd=aG9SWnBaU01Yc3RnbGh4QzJyTVp5QT09

Ticket Type Spaces
Standard Ticket
Waiting List


Fri - Sun
9 - 11Jul
Lockerbrook – Sangha Retreat
All Day

Back to Lockerbrook!

 

Usual weekend programme – Friday evening – Sunday afternoon

More spaces may be available after the upcoming covid regulations change. Watch this space!

This event is fully booked.

Sat - Sat
17 - 17Jul
Monthly YUBS Event
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Young (Under 35) Buddhists Sheffield Event.

Join us for Dharma, discussion and ritual.

Facilitated by Aryadasa and Pretti.

More details and poster coming up on the YUBS Slack channel. Not on Slack yet? Email the centre and we’ll send you a link, or contact aryadasa@sheffieldbuddhistcentre.org for more information.

 

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Regular Events on at the moment

Regular Events

Information on what’s on every week at the Buddhist Centre. Please check the Calendar during holidays, timings may vary.

Jordana

I first became interested in Buddhism as a teenager from a chance encounter with a book found in my school library. I was immediately struck by how Buddhism taught that I could change how I experience the world and that I could grow as a person. However, it wasn’t until many years later at the Sheffield Buddhist centre, that I began to commit myself fully to Buddhist practice as I saw that practicing Buddhist teachings was having a very positive impact on my life and on the lives of others.

I was delighted to join the Still Learning Team in November 2018. My previous work has been as a teacher and as an artist and I feel privileged to be able to bring those skills together with my passion for Buddhism in order to teach children and young people about Buddhism.

Aryadasa

I first came into contact with Buddhism in my final year of university when I attended an introductory course at the Sheffield Buddhist Centre. I was instantly captivated by the revolutionary yet practical nature of the Dharma (teachings of the Buddha).

I began to meditate and apply Buddhism into my daily life and found that it actually worked! I had started to view the world differently and in a way that made me happier. I gained great confidence by this and became a committed Buddhist practitioner soon afterwards.

I enjoy sharing with others what I have learnt and how Buddhism has transformed me so I was delighted to join the Still Learning team in October 2013.

Buddhist Artefacts

Suitable for all Key Stages A fun activity for all ages. Explore a range of traditional Buddhist artefacts. Can you guess what they might be used for? Pupils and teachers love the hands-on approach of this game.

Ethics and Kamra

We have a range of exercises and activities, depending on ages and ability levels, exploring Buddhist ethics and their implications for how we might live as Buddhists.  

The Life of the Buddha

How did the Buddha become the Buddha? Who was he before? What is enlightenment?

An understanding of the Buddha’s life story is an indispensable introduction to the religion. We draw out the key aspects using a beautiful painting that depicts the different events from the story.

The Three Jewels

We often theme our tours and visits around the Three Jewels of Buddhism, the Buddha, the Dhamra and the Sangha. Find out why the Three Jewels are common and central to all schools of Buddhism.

Stilling Activity

Very popular with both students and teachers, this exercise will give you a taste of what it’s like to meditate.