Sangha events

Sangha events are open to anyone who has completed our Introductory Course.

Calendar

Event List

Fri - Sun
12 - 14Aug
Northern Young Practitioners Weekend
5:00 pm - 2:30 pm
You are warmly invited to join us for an inspiring weekend with fellow young Buddhists from across the North: the legendary Sheffield YUBS retreat weekend

Sheffield Buddhist Centre

Young Practitioners Weekend

‘To be reflected on again and again…’

We invite you to join a Northern young persons weekend retreat at the Sheffield Buddhist Centre.

Friday 12th August – Sunday 14th August

Arrival from 5pm finishing Sunday afternoon at 2.30pm

Stay over at the Sheffield Buddhist Centre (Camping spaces available)

Drawing inspiration from the Dasadhamma Sutta come and hear, discuss and meditate on the timeless, uncompromising and revolutionary teachings of the Buddha.

Fully booked? Email the office and we can add you to our waiting list. We’ll be in touch if a space comes up.

This retreat will run on a dana (generosity) basis. You’ll be able to give us something to cover costs at the end of the weekend.

 

Bookings are closed for this event.

Mon
15 Aug
Early Morning Meditation
7:00 am - 7:45 am

Join the sangha in the Red Shrine Room for weekday morning meditations.

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

Please arrive a few minutes early to get set up. Open to everyone familiar with the mindfulness of breathing and metta bhavana meditation practices.

*** Morning meditations are no longer on Zoom ***

Tue
16 Aug
Early Morning Meditation
7:00 am - 7:45 am

Join the sangha in the Red Shrine Room for weekday morning meditations.

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

Please arrive a few minutes early to get set up. Open to everyone familiar with the mindfulness of breathing and metta bhavana meditation practices.

*** Morning meditations are no longer on Zoom ***

Tue
16 Aug
Sangha Night: Supreme Giving (Ratnasambhava)
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm

Continuing our current theme exploring The Goal, Sanghagita will give us a share in the abundant riches of Ratnasambhava, one of the five archetypal Buddhas which embody different aspects of Enlightenment.

Connect Online with Sangha Night

If you are unable to attend in person, you can watch the talk as it is live streamed on our YouTube channel using the link provided below. The link will remain the same each week.

You can also enter an unled Zoom room after the talk for an informal discussion. You can access this room using the link or the the details below. Again, these details will remain the same each week.

Meeting ID: 487 910 136
Passcode: 220600


Wed
17 Aug
Early Morning Meditation
7:00 am - 7:45 am

Join the sangha in the Red Shrine Room for weekday morning meditations.

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

Please arrive a few minutes early to get set up. Open to everyone familiar with the mindfulness of breathing and metta bhavana meditation practices.

*** Morning meditations are no longer on Zoom ***

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Sangha Night

The Wheel, The Goal and The Spiral

Escape from the ultimate vicious circle, into the complete freedom and fulfilment of Awakening.

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).

A New Way to Connect Online with Sangha Night

If you are unable to attend in person, you can watch the talk as it is live streamed on our YouTube channel using the link provided below. The link will remain the same each week.

You can also enter an unled Zoom room after the talk for an informal discussion. You can access this room using the link or the the details below. Again, these details will remain the same each week.

Meeting ID: 487 910 136
Passcode: 220600

Programme

6.30pm – 7.30pm Shared Meal

7.30pm – 8.10pm Dharma Talk

8.15pm – 8.45pm Discussion groups

8.45pm – 9.15pm Tea Break

9.15pm – 9.45pm Meditation

Coming up at Sangha Night

Tue
16 Aug
Sangha Night: Supreme Giving (Ratnasambhava)
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm

Continuing our current theme exploring The Goal, Sanghagita will give us a share in the abundant riches of Ratnasambhava, one of the five archetypal Buddhas which embody different aspects of Enlightenment.

Connect Online with Sangha Night

If you are unable to attend in person, you can watch the talk as it is live streamed on our YouTube channel using the link provided below. The link will remain the same each week.

You can also enter an unled Zoom room after the talk for an informal discussion. You can access this room using the link or the the details below. Again, these details will remain the same each week.

Meeting ID: 487 910 136
Passcode: 220600


Tue
23 Aug
Sangha Night: Touching the Earth (Akshobya)
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm

Continuing our current theme exploring The Goal, Paranita will delve deeper into the earth touching Buddha – Akshobya, one of the five archetypal Buddhas which embody different aspects of Enlightenment.

Connect Online with Sangha Night

If you are unable to attend in person, you can watch the talk as it is live streamed on our YouTube channel using the link provided below. The link will remain the same each week.

You can also enter an unled Zoom room after the talk for an informal discussion. You can access this room using the link or the the details below. Again, these details will remain the same each week.

Meeting ID: 487 910 136
Passcode: 220600


Tue
30 Aug
Sangha Night: Three Short Talks
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm

Continuing our current theme exploring The Goal, three sangha members will give personal talks on their relationship to one of the five archetypal Buddhas which embody different aspects of Enlightenment.

Connect Online with Sangha Night

If you are unable to attend in person, you can watch the talk as it is live streamed on our YouTube channel using the link provided below. The link will remain the same each week.

You can also enter an unled Zoom room after the talk for an informal discussion. You can access this room using the link or the the details below. Again, these details will remain the same each week.

Meeting ID: 487 910 136
Passcode: 220600


Tue
6 Sep
Sangha Night: The Land of Bliss
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm

Continuing our current theme exploring The Goal, Bodhinaga will explore the traditional Buddhist concept of the pureland, and how we can go there ourselves.

Connect Online with Sangha Night

If you are unable to attend in person, you can watch the talk as it is live streamed on our YouTube channel using the link provided below. The link will remain the same each week.

You can also enter an unled Zoom room after the talk for an informal discussion. You can access this room using the link or the the details below. Again, these details will remain the same each week.

Meeting ID: 487 910 136
Passcode: 220600


Tue
13 Sep
Sangha Night: No Personal Enlightenment
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm

Continuing our current theme exploring The Goal, Satyajyoti will ask the question: ‘is it really possible to attain Enlightenment for myself?’, and explore other ways of looking at the goal of Buddhism.

Connect Online with Sangha Night

If you are unable to attend in person, you can watch the talk as it is live streamed on our YouTube channel using the link provided below. The link will remain the same each week.

You can also enter an unled Zoom room after the talk for an informal discussion. You can access this room using the link or the the details below. Again, these details will remain the same each week.

Meeting ID: 487 910 136
Passcode: 220600


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Listen again to Sangha night talks

Supreme Giving

Continuing our current theme exploring The Goal, Sanghagita gives us a share in the abundant riches of Ratnasambhava, one of the five archetypal Buddhas which embody different aspects of Enlightenment.

Dharma talk given on Sangha Night at Sheffield Buddhist Centre.

Infinite Light

Continuing our current theme exploring The Goal.

Prajnahridaya will be exploring the world of the Buddha of Infinite Light, Amitabha, and what this means for our lives now.

The Wheel, The Goal and The Spiral: Escape from the ultimate vicious circle, into the complete freedom and fulfilment of Awakening. An evening of talks, discussion, meditation and ritual exploring the current Sangha night theme.

Dharma talk given on Sangha Night at Sheffield Buddhist Centre.

Touching the Earth

Continuing our current theme exploring The Goal.

Paranita will delve deeper in the earth touching figure – Akshobya.

The Wheel, The Goal and The Spiral: Escape from the ultimate vicious circle, into the complete freedom and fulfilment of Awakening. An evening of talks, discussion, meditation and ritual exploring the current Sangha night theme.

Dharma talk given on Sangha Night at 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

Fri - Sun
12 - 14Aug
Northern Young Practitioners Weekend
5:00 pm - 2:30 pm
You are warmly invited to join us for an inspiring weekend with fellow young Buddhists from across the North: the legendary Sheffield YUBS retreat weekend

Sheffield Buddhist Centre

Young Practitioners Weekend

‘To be reflected on again and again…’

We invite you to join a Northern young persons weekend retreat at the Sheffield Buddhist Centre.

Friday 12th August – Sunday 14th August

Arrival from 5pm finishing Sunday afternoon at 2.30pm

Stay over at the Sheffield Buddhist Centre (Camping spaces available)

Drawing inspiration from the Dasadhamma Sutta come and hear, discuss and meditate on the timeless, uncompromising and revolutionary teachings of the Buddha.

Fully booked? Email the office and we can add you to our waiting list. We’ll be in touch if a space comes up.

This retreat will run on a dana (generosity) basis. You’ll be able to give us something to cover costs at the end of the weekend.

 

Bookings are closed for this event.

Fri
26 Aug
Puja for Sangharakshita
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

A special puja to celebrate the birthday of our founder Sangharakshita.

Come along to learn more about his life and to celebrate what we have received.

Led by Santasiddhi and Prajnahridaya.

Open to everyone who has completed our 12-week introductory course.

Mon
29 Aug
Sangha Works Day
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Help make Sheffield Buddhist Centre better than it’s ever been. 

We’ll be brushing up the interior, doing cleaning, maintenance and other gardening jobs for all abilities. It’s a rare opportunity for a workout in the service of the Dharma.

Come and join Sangha friends to contribute to our beautiful Centre in the most practical way, and have fun, too!

Come at 10am for the opening ritual. Lunch will be provided.


Sat
3 Sep
A Night of Poetry with Ananda and friends
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A poetry reading night featuring Ananda

with Satyagita and Dharmavadana

Plus Open Mic

A night of poetry readings by Ananda to celebrate Wolf at the Door’s writing weekend at the Sheffield Buddhist Centre. Supported by Satyagita and Dharmavadana, the Wolf at the Door weekend’s leaders, with open mic slots and a Q&A session if time.

Ananda is not only the co-founder of Wolf at the Door, he is also the longest-standing Triratna Order member, ordained in 1968. As well as devoting himself to writing he has always encouraged others in their own creativity. He has now moved to Sheffield and this is a chance to hear his magical poems.

‘Always musical and revelling in poetry’s craft… direct, telling and poignant’
– Maitreyabandhu

Satyagita and Dharmavadana are long-time Wolf at the Door facilitators and also published writers.

There are four open mic slots too. Five minutes each. Sheffield sangha poets, please sign up!
We would love to hear from you. Please contact the office if you would like to read.

Everyone is welcome.


Fri - Sun
23 - 25Sep
Men’s Lockerbrook Retreat
6:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Deepen your practice and make friends on a weekend of Dharma practice with the men of the Sheffield sangha at Lockerbrook in the Peak District.

Details and Timings

The retreat will start with dinner at 6.30pm on the first evening, and finish at 3pm on the Sunday.

Please book below. This retreat is run on a dana basis.

Open to men who have completed our 12-week introductory course.

Fully booked? Email the office and we can add you to our waiting list. We’ll be in touch if a space comes up.

 


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Retreats Coming Up

Fri - Sun
23 - 25Sep
Men’s Lockerbrook Retreat
6:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Deepen your practice and make friends on a weekend of Dharma practice with the men of the Sheffield sangha at Lockerbrook in the Peak District.

Details and Timings

The retreat will start with dinner at 6.30pm on the first evening, and finish at 3pm on the Sunday.

Please book below. This retreat is run on a dana basis.

Open to men who have completed our 12-week introductory course.

Fully booked? Email the office and we can add you to our waiting list. We’ll be in touch if a space comes up.

 


Fri - Sun
9 - 11Dec
Sangha Retreat
7:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Dukes Barn Sangha Retreat

Deepen your practice and make friends on a weekend with the Sangha at Duke’s Barn in the Peak District.

Please book below.

We’re looking forward to being back on retreat together!

 


Retreats

Deepen your practice and make friends on retreat with the Sangha.

Please book through the event pages.

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.