As we enter a future of increased physical isolation finding skilful ways to connect online as a Sheffield Sangha is becoming more important.

Slack is a simple way for all the Sangha to stay connected and to find out about upcoming events and Centre news.

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At the Sheffield Buddhist Centre we’ve updated some of the activities at the Centre in line with step 3 of the government road map.

It is still allowed for people to attend “places of worship” for ”communal worship”. Outdoor worship of up to 30 people people are allowed, and we are continuing to offer volunteering opportunities in line with government guidelines. You can be indoors with groups of no more than 6 people or 2 households.

You are required to book for all in-person events. When booking a place please consider
 
  • You are required to wear a mask in the building (unless exempt).
  • We will record the details of everyone coming into the Centre for Track and Trace.
  • If you are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in contact with someone with Covid do not to come to the Centre until the NHS advises you that it is safe to do so.
 

We are doing all we can to set up and implement Covid secure protocols but ultimately it is the responsibility of each individual to make the decision to come to our in person events. Where possible we will be offering an online option.

Satyajyoti
Chair, Sheffield Buddhist Centre
25.05.21

We are following the Government’s Covid-19 Secure Guidelines. Here are the changes we’re asking you to bear in mind if you come:

  • Feeling unwell – Please do not visit the Buddhist Centre if you are feeling unwell or experiencing Covid-19 symptoms. We hope you understand this measure is to keep all of us safe and to prevent the transmission of the virus. If you have booked and are subsequently unable to attend, please email us at info@www.sheffieldbuddhistcentre.org so that someone else can use your place.
  • Physical distancing – We ask all participants to maintain a 2-metre distance from other people.
  • Face Covering – When entering the building please wear a face covering
  • Hand washing and hand sanitiser – We ask all participants to wash their hands upon entering or leaving the building. There are also hand sanitiser stations around the building.
  • One-way system – There will be a one-way system in operation and access to the main areas of the building. The event team will be on hand to guide you. 
  • Booking on an event – book through our website or email us at info@www.sheffieldbuddhistcentre.org if you would like to attend an in-person event.
  • Cleaning – All frequently touched areas will be cleaned before and after each event
  • Water – Please bring your own drink if possible.
  • Gardens – We encourage you to use the garden and the three sheltered areas on either side of the building.
 

We are following government guidelines however please take into consideration there is an increased risk of COVID infection when attending in person classes at the Buddhist Centre.

Calendar

Event List

Sangha Night

'Building the Buddha-land'

‘An ideal environment for spiritual development’, the Buddhaland is a symbol at the heart of the Sheffield sangha, a vision behind which we gather and create community through practising the Dharma.

This series of talks aims to deepen our understanding of what this means and explore ways of doing it together.

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

Book your place if you would like to attend in person to listen to the talk in the Great Hall followed by discussion groups (hosted outdoors) and meditation. Click the event titles on this page to book.

Programme

7.15pm  Zoom room Open

7.30pm – 8.05pm Dharma Talk

8.05pm – 8.15pm Tea Break

8.15pm – 8.55pm Discussion groups

8.55pm – 9.00pm Tea Break

9.00pm – 9.30pm Meditation

Coming up at Sangha Night

Listen again to Sangha night talks

Exploring the 7-fold Puja

Vadanya goes through the significance of the different elements of a traditional Buddhist ritual; the 7-fold puja, and helps us to understand the meaning and symbolism within this act of worship. A clear and direct talk about the importance of serving something higher than ourselves. Given at Sangha Night at the Sheffield Buddhist Centre - 15.6.21.

Serving Something Bigger

Three talks about being a hand of Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva of compassion.

Sheffield Buddhist Centre - Sangha Night 9.6.21

Guidance from the Bodhicaryavatara

Dharmamayi introduces the Paramitas, the Perfections practiced by the Bodhisatvas, and gives real life examples on how we too can practice these. Drawing upon the teachings of Santideva from the Bodhicaryavatara, Dharmamayi gives an accessible Buddhist talk that inspires us to help create a Buddha-land together. Given at Sangha Night 1.6.21 at the Sheffield Buddhist Centre.

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

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.