Due to the UK Government advice to counteract coronavirus, the Sheffield Buddhist Centre building is closed until we are advised otherwise. Although the building is closed, the Sangha is still open. Visit the new website for our online activities:

http://sheffieldbuddhistcentreonline.org/

If you are isolated at home and need anything please do get in touch with the Centre by phone or email. We send our well wishing and care to everyone affected by the Coronavirus.
If you’re new to Buddhism and would one day like to come to the Buddhist centre, follow this link to find out more about what we’re offering to newcomers whilst the centre is closed.

Sangha

Welcome to the Sangha Page

Here’s information 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.

Sangha Night

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).

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.

Programme

7.30pm – 8.20pm Dharma Talk

8.20pm – 9.00pm Discussion groups

 9.00pm – 9.20pm Tea Break

9.25pm – 10pm Meditation

Coming up at Sangha Night

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Listen again to Sangha night talks

Mindfulness of Breathing 1

Maitrivasin leads the Mindfulness of Breathing Meditation with some reflections on integration.

Facing Fear

Fear is a very powerful emotion and a natural response to danger. Drawing on personal experience and three traditional (more…)

Creating Compassion

In this talk, Maitridasa explores how we can develop positive emotions to benefit both ourselves and others in times of suffering. He draws on his personal experiences of how to use dukkha as a tool to increase our empathy and solidarity with others. When we feel fear, anxiety, sadness, or grief, we can turn our mind to our friends, and to all others who are experiencing the same or worse, at that very moment, so that our dukkha is transformed into compassion and a sense of solidarity. We can do this formally in our metta bhavana practice, and at any other time.

The current series of talks come under our theme 'Dharma for Difficult Times'. We cannot control the current situation, but we do have a choice between a negative and a creative response. If we can see adversity from a Dharmic perspective, it could be an opportunity to take our practice – and our Sangha – to a new level.

Many people are becoming painfully aware that worldly life cannot deliver lasting happiness and safety. The Buddha pointed out that there is a deeper happiness to be found, above worldly circumstances, by fulfilling our spiritual potential, by growing towards a higher level of being. Having our worldly refuges so roughly taken away from us can be an opportunity to make our Going for Refuge to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha far more wholehearted.

Questions for reflection and discussion:
Which strategies for emotional distancing can you recognise in yourself?
How could you contact other people's suffering more fully without becoming overwhelmed?

Recorded at Sheffield Buddhist Centre on 07.04.20

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You can find an archive of audio versions of earlier talks here

Jul 2020

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Dharma Day Festival
All Day

This major Buddhist Festival celebrates the truth as seen by the Buddha, and the path that leads to the truth.


Dharma Day Festival

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: 

  • 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.
  • Padmasambhava Day when we fete the historical and mythological accomplishments of the character who established Buddhism in Tibet.​

Regular Events

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

Weekdays
7.30 AM – 8.20 AM

Morning Meditation

Start the day well by meditating and chanting the refuges and precepts with Sangha members.

Fridays
7.30 pM – 9.00 pM

Practice Evening

An evening of stillness and meditation. Led by Jayagupta and Dayarakshita.

Tuesdays
1.00 pM – 2.00 pM

Lunchtime Meditation

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. Free but donations welcome.

Looking ahead, dates for your diary

Jul 2020

5
Jul
Dharma Day Festival
All Day

This major Buddhist Festival celebrates the truth as seen by the Buddha, and the path that leads to the truth.


Dharma Day Festival

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

Practical Generosity - Volunteering with the sangha

Generosity is of fundamental importance in Buddhism and our aim is to inspire a living culture of generosity throughout the sangha. This is expressed in the way we share Buddhist teachings, the way we finance the centre and our strong volunteer culture. Most of the people running events are volunteers, our busy Centre relies on people being generous with practical help. Volunteers support the Centre Team with organising events, admin work, help setting up and cleaning away. Volunteers keep our building and garden beautiful, clean and running efficiently.

Join the Mandala of Generosity

The Centre needs help with all kinds of practical tasks from gardening and DIY to supporting events and doing jobs behind the scenes. There are many opportunities to support regular events such as sangha night, introductory classes and works days. You don’t need to be experienced in order to get involved, just a friendly and willing attitude.

Give in the way most appropriate to you

This could be money or skills but we find the most rewarding can be to give your time to practical work with the sangha. There are several volunteer teams that meet on different days of the week and between them cover nearly all aspects of Sheffield sangha activities! See the diagram of volunteering opportunities available. If you have some spare time, or if you have a particular talent or ability that you’d like to share, do get in touch and join the team.

Contact Maitrivasin or Edward to find out more

How would you like to help?

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.  

  • What are the five precepts?
  • How do they affect how we live?
  • Do you agree with the Buddha that living like this will make someone happier?
  • What is karma?

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.

  • The Buddha, representing the ultimate potential for human growth,
  • The Dharma, the teachings of the Buddha.
  • The Sangha, the Buddhist community.

Stilling Activity

Very popular with both students and teachers, this exercise will give you a taste of what it’s like to meditate.
  • You will be amazed how still and quiet your pupils can be!
  • Learn some techniques from experienced Buddhist meditators that you can use every day to stay calm, grounded and positive.
  • It is not a specifically Buddhist exercise and is therefore suitable for people of all religions. It can be easily adapted to suit all ages.