Retreats / Day Events

'Christmas Presence'

Meditation Mornings

Tues 25 & Wed 26 Dec
10am to 12pm noon


Give yourself the best possible Christmas present with a morning of mindfulness, metta and reflection. The festive season is often a time of busyness; a time when mindful awareness and 'good will to all men’ can get lost in the rush. Come and treat yourself to a couple of hours of practice. Suitable for all who are familiar with our two meditation practices. No need to book, just turn up before 10am.

Led by Vajragupta and Bodhivajra

Donations welcome

Living Awareness Meditation Day

Sun 13 Jan
9.30am - 4pm

‘There’s More to Your Mind than Just Thinking’


A silent day of exploratory and progressive meditation in shorter sessions. An opportunity to experience a deeper atmosphere of stillness and calm. Open to serious meditators with at least 6 months of regular meditation practice. Booking essential.

Led by Dayapanna

£30 / £22

Please bring vegetarian, ideally vegan, lunch to share

Your Centre, My Centre, Our Centre

Sat 19 Jan 2.30 – 4.30pm

Sun 27 Jan 10.30am – 12.30pm

An opportunity to meet with our new chair, Vajragupta. She wants to hear whether you believe we’re making the most of our Centre. You are invited to a Sangha get-together, where we can talk about how things are going and discuss any new directions we might want to take. What would you like to be involved in? Do we have a shared vision that we’d all like to work towards?

Please do join us for one or both of the dates and have an active participation in the future direction of the Centre.

The Alchemical Heart:

The Transformative Power of Meditation


Sat 2 and Sun 3 Feb
10am – 4pm


A weekend with Paramananda exploring the practice of meditation, and how it relates to the metaphorical heart as a vessel for transformation, where deep change becomes possible. We will be using simple images and ideas to open the imagination and engage with our individual calling. Paramananda is one of Triratna’s most experienced and respected meditation teachers, who has written several uniquely inspiring books on meditation. He has a poetic and heart-based approach to teaching meditation. Not to be missed. Suitable for anyone with an ongoing meditation practice who wants to take a fresh look at what it is they’re are actually doing and why. You can book for either the whole weekend or one of the days.

Led by Paramananda

£60 / £44 (or £30 / £22 for one day)

Please book online to reserve your place (contact the Centre if you wish to only book 1 day).

Please bring vegetarian, ideally vegan, lunch to share

Parinirvana Day

Sun 17 Feb 10am - 4pm

This year our celebration of Parinirvana Day will hold very special meaning for our Sangha; on 30th October 2018, Bhante Sangharakshita died. For all buddhists the anniversary of Buddha Shakyamuni’s death is the celebratory occasion of his parinirvana, the final cessation of his rebirths in samsara. Do attend this special day when we will be celebrating the life and passing of our own loved ones and that of our dear teacher, Bhante. Held at Norwich Buddhist Centre. More information will follow closer to the day.

Donations welcome

Please bring vegetarian, ideally vegan, lunch to share

Cloudless Sky, Open Heart – A Silent Day Retreat

Sun 3 March
10.15am for 10.30am – 4pm

Why is it so difficult to find the spaciousness we so long for? Our habits of mind and heart endlessly fill our awareness, giving the illusion of urgency and demand upon us. Enjoy a day of complete silence; arriving, being together in mettaful companionship, and silently leaving at the end of the day. The programme will include meditations, poetry, reflection and sound.

Led by Vajraguptā

£30 / £22

Please bring vegetarian, ideally vegan, lunch to share

From Literal Mind to Liberated Mind

Sun 17 March
10am - 4pm

The literal mind is dogmatic, fearful and the source of all our pain and suffering. By looking at both Buddhist texts and Western Literature we’ll be exploring how to make our lives lighter, more playful and more transparent – and how to access deeper and deeper levels of freedom. Suitable for those who have completed a Buddhism course and have been meditating for at least a year.

Led by Sarvananda

£30 / £22

Please bring vegetarian, ideally vegan, lunch to share

Surfing on the Second Noble Truth

Sun 7 April

10.30am - 4pm

The Buddha declared that craving is the cause of suffering - the second noble truth. In pursuit of pleasure or to avoid pain, we crave, hanker after and yearn. This can produce obsessive mind states, and even addictive patterns of thinking and acting. Drawing on material from his book, Eight Step Recovery: Using the Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction, Paramabandhu will lead a day exploring craving and how we can work with it. Open to all who are familar with our two meditaiton pracices.

Led by Paramabandhu

£30 / £22

Please bring vegetarian, ideally vegan, lunch to share

Living Awareness Meditation Day

Sun 14 April
9.30am - 4pm

A silent day of meditation. An opportunity to experience a deeper atmosphere of stillness and calm. Open to serious meditators with at least 6 months of regular meditation practice. Booking essential.

Led by Dayapanna

£30 / £22

Please bring vegetarian, ideally vegan, lunch to share

Tonglen Meditation Day

Sun 5 May
10am - 4pm

The practice of giving and receiving, where we aspire to transform the suffering of others using a combination of visualisation, metta and the experience of the breath. Tonglen is the central practice within the larger framework of the Tibetan buddhist practice of lojong, the 7-point mind training, the gradual letting go of an ego-centred worldview in order to bring about the arising of the Bodhicitta, the complete turning of the heart and mind towards enlightenment.

Led by Jnanabhasa

£30 / £22

Please bring a vegetarian, ideally vegan, lunch to share

The Wisdom of Forgiveness – A Silent Day Retreat

Sun 9 June
10.15am for 10.30am – 4pm

Much of the turbulence we experience in our mind is due to an inability to forgive ourselves and others, or to let go of our high expectations. So we engage in a battle against how things actually are; in reality. Beneath this lack of forgiveness we are fine; not just fine but brilliant and worthy of a self-love which in its fullness embraces everyone and the whole world. Our practices today will be based on metta, gratitude, and forgiveness, and include led meditations, poetry and reflection.

Led by Vajraguptā

£30 / £22

Please bring vegetarian, ideally vegan, lunch to share

Creative Writing Day

Sun 23 June

10am - 4pm

Sharpen your quills...Satyagita will be leading another creative writing day. The session will include warm-up writing exercises in the morning – nothing too strenuous – and then possibly a writing marathon in the afternoon, or more exercises, depending on how warmed-up people feel. The writing we will be doing is for your eyes only and does not have to be read out (though you may want to).

Led by Satyagita

£30 / £22

Please bring vegetarian, ideally vegan, lunch to share