Sangha events

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

Calendar

Event List

Fri
17 Jun
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
18 Jun
Sangha Works Day
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Mission: prepare the Buddhist Centre, gardens and grounds for the Garden Party (Sunday 19th June)

We’ll be brushing up the interior, doing cleaning, maintenance and other gardening jobs for all abilities – especially tending the dazzling new lawns, clearing the paths and checking the benches are ready for all the fun and joy of the garden party.

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
Garden Party
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

On Sunday June 19 we are opening up the Centre to the people of Sheffield for a Garden Party. There will be fun and enjoyment for everyone, with music and food all around the centre and in the gardens under the summer sun.

Bring your family and friends to enjoy the atmosphere, play silly games, buy snacks, cake, plants, books, gifts and sangha artworks, or hear the Dharma and meditate in the Great Hall.

It’s also an opportunity to raise money to give away – all the money raised will be given away to good causes chosen by us (sangha day vote). Over the years we’ve raised and given away around £50,000 to many good causes including Triratna projects in India, pioneers starting Dharma activities in Venezuela, Hungary, Moscow and Warsaw; closer to home our Bursary Fund helping sangha members on low incomes go on retreat, local charities and contributions to new Buddhist Centres in Shrewsbury, Newcastle, Barcelona and Paris.

We hope that we can carry on the wonderful qualities of the Summer Fair like the great atmosphere and working together as a Sangha but in a smaller scale event.

So this year we will NOT be selling clothes, shoes, household linens or bric-a-brac.

What you can do now:

  • Join one of the teams running a stall or helping with the set up on the day.
  • Raise plants for sale, to bring to the Centre a few days before the day
  • Put aside high quality items that you could bring for the bazaar, and prizes for games and raffle
  • Bake cakes and savoury snacks and freeze them
  • From June 11 Bring your good quality donations to the Centre (but no clothes, shoes, household linens or bric-a-brac)
  • June 18 Help with the set up (Sangha Works Day)
  • June 19 Help with the Garden Party – including volunteers for the great clear-up.

Please contact the centre (info@sheffieldbuddhistcentre.org) if you’d like to be involved.

Stalls run by the sangha

Plants, Buddhist gifts, Sangha arts, refreshments, bazaar, games and more…

Expect cake… lots of cake

Sweet and savoury refreshments all day long

Mon
20 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 ***

Tue
21 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 ***

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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
22 Nov
Sangha Night
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm

More details to come.

 


Tue
29 Nov
Sangha Night
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm

More details to come.

 


Tue
6 Dec
Sangha Night
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm

More details to come.

 


Tue
13 Dec
Sangha Night
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm

More details to come.

 


Tue
20 Dec
Sangha Night
7:30 pm - 9:45 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 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

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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.