Sangha events

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

The Centre responded to the lifting of restrictions in England on July 19 by relaxing some of the protocols we had in place. We’ve been reviewing this regularly, balancing the spiritual and psychological benefits of meeting in person with the wish to reduce the risks of catching Covid at the Centre. After carrying out a risk assessment we have agreed that the following precautions will be in place for the rest of August and will be reviewed in September.

We will:

  1. Meet outside as much as possible.
  2. Increase the ventilation in the Great Hall.
  3. Encourage the wearing of masks in enclosed spaces such as the corridors, tea room and toilets and when in close contact with others. We ask Sangha members attending the Centre to bear in mind that other Sangha members may feel concern about the spread of Covid. 
  4. Encourage having a lateral flow test before coming to the Centre.
  5. Keep a record of everyone attending sangha night so we can inform people if anyone attending has a positive test result.
  6. Ask all Sangha members to continue to regularly wash their hands and to use hand sanitiser when they enter and leave the building and before handling food.
  7. Ask Sangha members not to come to the Centre if they feel unwell, have any symptoms or have been in contact with anyone who has had a positive test.

 

06.08.21

Calendar

Event List

Fri
17 Sep
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 - Sun
18 - 19Sep
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 on the eve of Padmasambhava Day.

We’ll set up camp from 2pm at Paranita’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
19 Sep
Family Activities – Padmasambhava Day
10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join the families group for activities in the Great Tent at the Buddhist centre.

Crafting- making vajras
Treasure Hunt
Ritual and story telling about Padmasambhava

Sun
19 Sep
Padmasambhava Day
12:30 pm - 5:30 pm

A magical festival evoking the bodhisattva Padmasambhava, the archetypal figure associated with wisdom, compassion, and transformation of our deepest energies.

12:30pm shared lunch

2pm study groups – in person and on Zoom

3pm Tea break

3:30 – 5:30pm Festival Puja – in the Great Hall and on Zoom

8pm FIRE

This is a hybrid event – use the Zoom link below to join online study groups and the puja.

You can view and print the study material by clicking this link.

Print off your own skull for offering during the puja!


Mon
20 Sep
Early Morning Meditation
7:00 am - 7:45 am

Join the sangha in the Great Hall for weekday morning meditations.

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. Open to everyone familiar with the mindfulness of breathing and metta bhavana meditation practices.

*** 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

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Sangha Night

The Great Way

This series of talks takes us into the figures and symbols of the Five Buddha mandala.

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 – The Zoom room will be available from 7.15pm.

 

Programme

6.30pm – 7.30pm Shared Meal

7.30pm – 8.10pm Dharma Talk

8.10pm – 8.40pm Discussion groups

8.40pm – 9.00pm Tea Break

9.05pm – 9.35pm Meditation

Coming up at Sangha Night

Tue
21 Sep
Sangha Night: The Light of Truth – The Wisdom of Vairocana
7:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Prajnasri continues our meeting with Vairocana, the white Buddha at the centre of the mandala, exploring his bright, white illuminating light…

In this series of Sangha Night talks we explore the figures and symbols of the Five Buddha mandala, learning how these archetypes help us to develop the qualities of the Bodhisattva.

Join Sangha Night in-person or online for an evening of talks followed by discussion and meditation.

 

 


Tue
28 Sep
Sangha Night: In Praise of Perfection
7:15 pm - 9:30 pm

In this series of Sangha Night talks we explored the figures and symbols of the Five Buddha mandala, learning how these archetypes help us to develop the paramitas, or perfections, of the Bodhisattva. Tonight we close this theme with a Buddhist ritual, the seven-fold puja.

Join Sangha Night in-person or online for an evening of talks followed by discussion and meditation.

 


Tue
5 Oct
Sangha Night
7:15 pm - 9:30 pm

More details to come.

 


Tue
12 Oct
Sangha Night
7:15 pm - 9:30 pm

More details to come.

 


Tue
19 Oct
Sangha Night
7:15 pm - 9:30 pm

More details to come.

 


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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.

Listen again to Sangha night talks

The Gesture Of Giving

Pradaya continues our meeting with Ratnasambhava with a talk on his mudra of supreme giving. He relates it to Dana, the virtue of generosity, and looks at how life could be lived as one big act of giving.

In this series of Sangha Night talks we explore the figures and symbols of the Five Buddha mandala, learning how these archetypes help us to develop the qualities of the Bodhisattva.

Creating Abundance

Maitrivasin introduces us to Ratnasambhava, ‘the Jewel-born’, the yellow Buddha of the southern realm.

In this series of Sangha Night talks we explore the figures and symbols of the Five Buddha mandala, learning how these archetypes help us to develop the qualities of the Bodhisattva.

Join Sangha Night in-person or online for an evening of talks followed by discussion and meditation.

Sheffield Buddhist Centre - Sangha Night 27.7.21

It Is What It Is

It Is What It Is - Prajnasri continues our meeting with the Buddha Akshobya with a talk on Ksanti – the ability to stay in a positive mental state, whatever comes.

In this series of Sangha Night talks we explore the figures and symbols of the Five Buddha mandala, learning how these archetypes help us to develop the qualities of the Bodhisattva.

Sheffield Buddhist Centre - Sangha Night 20.7.21

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
18 - 19Sep
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 on the eve of Padmasambhava Day.

We’ll set up camp from 2pm at Paranita’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
19 Sep
Padmasambhava Day
12:30 pm - 5:30 pm

A magical festival evoking the bodhisattva Padmasambhava, the archetypal figure associated with wisdom, compassion, and transformation of our deepest energies.

12:30pm shared lunch

2pm study groups – in person and on Zoom

3pm Tea break

3:30 – 5:30pm Festival Puja – in the Great Hall and on Zoom

8pm FIRE

This is a hybrid event – use the Zoom link below to join online study groups and the puja.

You can view and print the study material by clicking this link.

Print off your own skull for offering during the puja!


Sat
9 Oct
Pandaravasini: Day Retreat for Mitras
10:00 am - 4:00 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.  

Pandaravasini Saturday 9th October 2021

Akashadhateshvari Saturday 29th January 2022

Locana Saturday 19th March 2022

Green Tara Saturday 21st May 2022

Mamaki Saturday 2nd July 2033

The retreat days will be in person and will be open to all Order Members and mitras. You will be able to book for each event closer to the time.

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Prajnasri and Lilamati

Please sign up for this event as spaces are limited, and bring lunch to share.

 

Sat
16 Oct
Monthly YUBS Event
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Young (Under 35) Buddhists Sheffield Event.

Join us for Dharma, discussion and ritual.

Facilitated by Issy.

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.

 

Sun
17 Oct
India Day
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Padmavajra and friends will mark the the 65th anniversary of the mass conversion of the followers of Dr Ambedkar to Buddhism. It also marks the anniversary of the death of our founder, Urgyen Sangharakshita. This event will celebrate the lives of both men and explore how their friendship has made a deep impression on the Triratna Buddhist Community.

A hybrid event, join us at the Buddhist Centre (please use the booking form below) or on Zoom for a 2pm Start.

More details to come


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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.