Sangha events

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

Calendar

Event List

Tue
31 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 ***

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

 


Wed
1 Jun
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 ***

Thu
2 Jun
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 ***

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.


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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
5 Jul
Sangha Night
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm

More details to come.

 


Tue
12 Jul
Sangha Night
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm

More details to come.

 


Tue
19 Jul
Sangha Night
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm

More details to come.

 


Tue
26 Jul
Sangha Night
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm

More details to come.

 


Tue
2 Aug
Sangha Night
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm

More details to come.

 


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Contact us to sign up.

Listen again to Sangha night talks

The World of Big Egos

Sanghagita takes on the Asuras: the realm of titans and warring gods.

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

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

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. Just turn up.

Sun
2 Oct
Padmasambhava Day
All Day

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

 


Sun
13 Nov
Sangha Day Festival
All Day

Come together with the whole sangha to celebrate the biggest festival in our calendar.

Open to anyone who has completed our 12-week Introductory Course


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!

 


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Retreats Coming Up

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.