Sangha events

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

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.

We will:

  1. Use ‘purge ventilation’ to refresh the air in the Great Hall by opening doors before and after events.
  2. 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. 
  3. Encourage having a lateral flow test before coming to the Centre.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

15.10.21

Calendar

Event List

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

Padmavajra will join us to discuss reverence in ritual and as an essential emotion for the spiritual life.

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

 


Wed
20 Oct
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

Thu
21 Oct
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

Fri - Sun
22 - 24Oct
Great Gathering in Sheffield – Men’s Weekend Retreat
All Day

The Lightning Bolt of Compassion – Padmasambhava – the Master for Troubled Times

7pm Friday 22nd – 1pm Sunday 24th October 

In June earlier this year we joined the summer Padmaloka Great Gathering in a ‘hybrid’ style, connecting to the content beamed from Padmaloka to Sheffield through Zoom. It was great entering into a retreat in the familiar space of Sheffield Buddhist Centre together with other guys in the sangha. We plan to recreate that experience this October, with the opportunity for us to share meals and sleep at the Buddhist Centre whilst engaging with the inspiring Padmaloka sessions for an immersive weekend retreat.

We’ll meditate, listen to talks and join the pujas together in the Great Hall, and share meals and discussion groups in person around the grounds of the Centre. If you would like to go for the full experience, you are welcome to sleep over at the Buddhist Centre, either indoors or camping.

For Sheffield men familiar with the mindfulness of breathing and metta bhavana, and open to ritual.

Although there are no more spaces to book with Padmaloka, we have plenty of space here in Sheffield! Come to all or part of the weekend.

All you need to do is book an in-person place by completing the form below on this page.

Love Bodhinaga

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This autumn’s Great Gathering will be focussing on the great Tantric Guru Padmasambhava – the Lotus-Born – Guru Rinpoche – the Greatly Precious Guru. Padmasambhava is credited with the transformation of Tibet into a land of the Dharma. He is especially famed for the taming of the Tibetan gods of place, transforming them into protectors of the Dharma. But Padmasambhava has universal significance because he is the embodiment of all the riches of Buddhahood. He is siddha, yogi, spiritual friend, beloved lord and master. He is the Lightning Bolt of Compassion reaching into the depths of life, the master who tames, pacifies and transforms all troubles and misfortunes, bringing them onto the Path. With his inspiration, we will learn this weekend how to face and transform the troubles of our own age. We will do our best to gaze at them with his fearless gaze and tremendous skill.

The weekend will include meditation sessions, rousing pujas, discussion groups and time to make friends with one another. And there will be talks by Bodhinaga and Padmavajra devoted to Padmasambhava.

Details and Timings

The retreat will start with an introduction at 8pm on the first evening, and finish at 1pm on the Sunday. The complete programme for each full day will be sent out closer to the start of the retreat, and it will include morning meditation at 7am, a mid-morning event, a mid-afternoon event, and an evening event.

https://padmaloka.org.uk/retreats/2021/autumn-great-gathering-online


Fri
22 Oct
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
23 Nov
Sangha Night
7:15 pm - 9:30 pm

More details to come.

 


Tue
30 Nov
Sangha Night
7:15 pm - 9:30 pm

More details to come.

 


Tue
7 Dec
Sangha Night
7:15 pm - 9:30 pm

More details to come.

 


Tue
14 Dec
Sangha Night
7:15 pm - 9:30 pm

More details to come.

 


Tue
21 Dec
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

Growing the Spiritual Community

Keynote talk given by Dharmamayi at the day for all mitras on the 25.9.21 on growing the spiritual community, at the Sheffield Buddhist Centre.

Connecting with Beauty

Bodhinaga will explore how we can prepare the mind to receive the honoured guest – through connecting with beauty.

Attitudes of Enlightenment

We embark on a new series of talks, kicked off by Vandanya talking about the Attitudes of Enlightenment.

In this series of Sangha Night talks we enter more deeply into Buddhist ritual and devotion, exploring the seven-fold puja.

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

Sun
21 Nov
Sangha Day
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Celebrate the spiritual community on Sangha Day. Culminating in a festive Sangha Day puja. More details to come…

Sat
18 Dec
Monthly YUBS Event
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Young (Under 35) Buddhists Sheffield Event.

Join us for Dharma, discussion and ritual.

Facilitated by Owen.

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.

 

Fri - Wed
14 - 19Jan
Mitra Retreat – Adhisthana
All Day

Five day meditation retreat for mitras at Adhisthana retreat centre.

Friday 14th – Wednesday 19th January 2022

Led by Jayagupta and team.

Booking now open.


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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.