Due to the UK Government advice to counteract coronavirus, the Sheffield Buddhist Centre building is closed until we are advised otherwise. Although the building is closed, the Sangha is still open. Visit the new website for our online activities:

http://sheffieldbuddhistcentreonline.org/

If you are isolated at home and need anything please do get in touch with the Centre by phone or email. We send our well wishing and care to everyone affected by the Coronavirus.
If you’re new to Buddhism and would one day like to come to the Buddhist centre, follow this link to find out more about what we’re offering to newcomers whilst the centre is closed.

Creating Compassion

In this talk, Maitridasa explores how we can develop positive emotions to benefit both ourselves and others in times of suffering. He draws on his personal experiences of how to use dukkha as a tool to increase our empathy and solidarity with others. When we feel fear, anxiety, sadness, or grief, we can turn our mind to our friends, and to all others who are experiencing the same or worse, at that very moment, so that our dukkha is transformed into compassion and a sense of solidarity. We can do this formally in our metta bhavana practice, and at any other time.

The current series of talks come under our theme ‘Dharma for Difficult Times’. We cannot control the current situation, but we do have a choice between a negative and a creative response. If we can see adversity from a Dharmic perspective, it could be an opportunity to take our practice – and our Sangha – to a new level.

Many people are becoming painfully aware that worldly life cannot deliver lasting happiness and safety. The Buddha pointed out that there is a deeper happiness to be found, above worldly circumstances, by fulfilling our spiritual potential, by growing towards a higher level of being. Having our worldly refuges so roughly taken away from us can be an opportunity to make our Going for Refuge to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha far more wholehearted.

Questions for reflection and discussion:
Which strategies for emotional distancing can you recognise in yourself?
How could you contact other people’s suffering more fully without becoming overwhelmed?

Recorded at Sheffield Buddhist Centre on 07.04.20

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.  

  • What are the five precepts?
  • How do they affect how we live?
  • Do you agree with the Buddha that living like this will make someone happier?
  • What is karma?

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.

  • The Buddha, representing the ultimate potential for human growth,
  • The Dharma, the teachings of the Buddha.
  • The Sangha, the Buddhist community.

Stilling Activity

Very popular with both students and teachers, this exercise will give you a taste of what it’s like to meditate.
  • You will be amazed how still and quiet your pupils can be!
  • Learn some techniques from experienced Buddhist meditators that you can use every day to stay calm, grounded and positive.
  • It is not a specifically Buddhist exercise and is therefore suitable for people of all religions. It can be easily adapted to suit all ages.