Sangha events

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

Calendar

Event List

Thu
19 May
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 ***

Fri
20 May
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 ***

Fri
20 May
Friday Night Meditation – Zoom only
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Jayagupta leads a double meditation every Friday 7.30pm – 9pm on Zoom

Follow the zoom link.

Sat
21 May
Green Tara: Day Retreat for Mitras and Order members
10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Prajnasri and Lilamati are offering a series of day retreats exploring the figures of the Five Female Buddhas (or ‘Five Prajnas’).  Like their male counterparts, each figure is connected with a particular colour, gesture, animal and time of day, as well as with a particular aspect of the wisdom of the Enlightened mind.  The retreat days will be based around the beautiful pujas to these figures written by Vessantara, and will include meditation, reflection, short talks, discussion and devotional practice.  

Green Tara – Saturday 21st May 2022

The retreat days will be in person and will be open to all Order Members and mitras. 

  • Please bring lunch to share
  • There will be an opportunity for written reflection during the day so you may like to bring a notebook and pen

 


Sun
22 May
Sangha Arts Expo
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Do you write, think up new ideas, make textiles, pots, music, prints,
videos, perform, tell stories, crack jokes, paint, draw or decorate?

Would you like to get going? Encouragement? Feedback? An
audience to test new ideas? If you scribble on the side of your fridge
or sing in the bath ….whether you consider yourself an “artist” or your
school told you not to bother, this is for you.

Like to explore ideas that are innovative and unusual and that are not
limited or controlled by ‘rules’ or tradition? Let’s meet, share our
creations/ arts activities and find ways to move on, break free,
spiritually and creatively. Let’s encourage each other to be true
individuals, to feel the fear, do it anyway and dare to dream!

Please note I am not running this session officially… wish to be an equal participant!
Perhaps we can discuss what we all want & how often we wish to meet? Abhayamala.

 

In the Great Hall – arrive from 3.45pm. We’ll rest things against walls or pass around.  Plan is to keep everything as easy as poss.

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

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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).

‘Hybrid’ Sangha Night

In person – booking is optional, you can do this by clicking the event titles on this page.

Online – Join on Zoom from 7.20pm.

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
24 May
Mitra Ceremonies
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm

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

:tada::tada::tada::tada::tada:

As is tradition we are collecting cards and gifts for the new mitras.

Main event from 7.30pm

 


Tue
31 May
Sangha Night: The Higher Realms
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm

Dharmamayi completes our tour of the six realms of the wheel with a talk on the realms of the Devas and of the Human realm.

The current Sangha Night theme: The Wheel, the Spiral, and the Goal. Escape from the ultimate vicious circle, into the complete freedom and fulfilment of Awakening.

Shared Meal – food served from 6.30pm; rice provided, you bring the spice!

Dharma Talk at 7.30pm followed by discussion groups

Meditation at 9.15 – 9.45pm

 


Tue
7 Jun
Sangha Night: Finding the Door
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm

Satyajyoti points the way to the door to liberation from the endless going round and around of the Wheel of Life.

The current Sangha Night theme: The Wheel, the Spiral, and the Goal. Escape from the ultimate vicious circle, into the complete freedom and fulfilment of Awakening.

Shared Meal – food served from 6.30pm; rice provided, you bring the spice!

Dharma Talk at 7.30pm followed by discussion groups

Meditation at 9.15 – 9.45pm

 


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

Three sangha members each give a talk on their personal experience of being stuck in one of the realms and how they got out.

The current Sangha Night theme: The Wheel, the Spiral, and the Goal. Escape from the ultimate vicious circle, into the complete freedom and fulfilment of Awakening.

Shared Meal – food served from 6.30pm; rice provided, you bring the spice!

Dharma Talk at 7.30pm followed by discussion groups

Meditation at 9.15 – 9.45pm

 


Tue
21 Jun
Sangha Night: Mind Reactive and Creative
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm

Vadanya touches on the essence of Buddhism – the mind and its two modes.

The current Sangha Night theme: The Wheel, the Spiral, and the Goal. Escape from the ultimate vicious circle, into the complete freedom and fulfilment of Awakening.

Shared Meal – food served from 6.30pm; rice provided, you bring the spice!

Dharma Talk at 7.30pm followed by discussion groups

Meditation at 9.15 – 9.45pm

 


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Contact us to sign up.

Listen again to Sangha night talks

Culture that Connects

Special guest Satyadasa takes us on a tour of the Animal Realm on the Wheel of Life. He describes the animal realm as like living without any higher spiritual aspiration, and talks about three kinds of culture that connect us to a liberating vision of human existence.

The current Sangha Night theme: The Wheel, the Spiral, and the Goal. Escape from the ultimate vicious circle, into the complete freedom and fulfilment of Awakening.

Talk given at Sheffield Buddhist Centre on sangha night 10.5.22

Always Wanting More

Satyajyoti introduces the realm of the Hungry Ghosts, or pretas, and points to a way out of neurotic craving. She lists 5 kinds of nourishing food that really satisfy our desires.

The current Sangha Night theme: The Wheel, the Spiral, and the Goal. Escape from the ultimate vicious circle, into the complete freedom and fulfilment of Awakening.

Talk given at sangha night Tuesday 3.5.22

Suffering makes you think

Talk given at sangha night 26.04.22

Tonight special guest Padmavajra continues the new theme: The Wheel, the Spiral, and the Goal. He explores the ‘hell realms’ on the wheel of life and their spiritual significance.

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
21 May
Green Tara: Day Retreat for Mitras and Order members
10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Prajnasri and Lilamati are offering a series of day retreats exploring the figures of the Five Female Buddhas (or ‘Five Prajnas’).  Like their male counterparts, each figure is connected with a particular colour, gesture, animal and time of day, as well as with a particular aspect of the wisdom of the Enlightened mind.  The retreat days will be based around the beautiful pujas to these figures written by Vessantara, and will include meditation, reflection, short talks, discussion and devotional practice.  

Green Tara – Saturday 21st May 2022

The retreat days will be in person and will be open to all Order Members and mitras. 

  • Please bring lunch to share
  • There will be an opportunity for written reflection during the day so you may like to bring a notebook and pen

 


Sun
22 May
Sangha Arts Expo
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Do you write, think up new ideas, make textiles, pots, music, prints,
videos, perform, tell stories, crack jokes, paint, draw or decorate?

Would you like to get going? Encouragement? Feedback? An
audience to test new ideas? If you scribble on the side of your fridge
or sing in the bath ….whether you consider yourself an “artist” or your
school told you not to bother, this is for you.

Like to explore ideas that are innovative and unusual and that are not
limited or controlled by ‘rules’ or tradition? Let’s meet, share our
creations/ arts activities and find ways to move on, break free,
spiritually and creatively. Let’s encourage each other to be true
individuals, to feel the fear, do it anyway and dare to dream!

Please note I am not running this session officially… wish to be an equal participant!
Perhaps we can discuss what we all want & how often we wish to meet? Abhayamala.

 

In the Great Hall – arrive from 3.45pm. We’ll rest things against walls or pass around.  Plan is to keep everything as easy as poss.

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

Ticket Type Spaces
I want to share my creations Ticket
I want to come and see Ticket


Thu
2 Jun
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.


Sun
19 Jun
Summer Fair
All Day

Summer Fair

The Buddhist Centre Summer Fair is the main event of the Walkley festival and the social event to which you can invite your family, friends & colleagues. There are bargains, raffles, silly games, delicious veggie food and lots of things to try. To join the team that prepares for and runs the Fair, contact the office.

Rest & Recreation

 

Sun
10 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.


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Retreats Coming Up

Fri - Sun
22 - 24Jul
Sangha Retreat
7:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Lockerbrook Sangha Retreat

Deepen your practice and make friends on a weekend with the Sangha at Lockerbrook in the Peak District.

Please book below.

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

 

 


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.