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Three Jewels Night

At the Centre from 7 Sept 2021

Three Jewels Night - A Theme for 2021

We're keen to try something a bit different, and so we're going to have a single theme for the whole of the year.

Throughout 2021 we'll be looking at the Triratna System of practice. So we'll be exploring Integration, Positive Emotion, Receptivity, Spiritual Death and Spiritual Rebirth.

We'll be exploring it in all sorts of ways. Talks and Discussion, Reflection, Ritual, Shared Practice and most importantly by simply connecting as a Sangha.

Each week will be stand-alone, so you don't need to commit to the whole season, and you don't need to have any particular level of practice.

We're also going to spend a bit more time catching up with each other, and so we'll start each evening with a chance to have a bit of a chat and just reconnect with the Sangha. Something we've all been missing during the various lockdowns.

It would be great to see as many of you as possible so we can start the New Year together by sharing our practise, our friendship and our Sangha.

Every Tuesday, 7.15 – 9pm

Please consider making a donation for this event via;

ONLINE BANK TRANSFER - Sort code - 089299 Account number - 65618262

NBC reference for donation by bank transfer - 3JND plus YOUR SURNAME

If you do not do online banking, simply 'BOOK A PLACE' through this page and you can donate via your credit/debit card.

Thank you for continuing to support Norwich Buddhist Centre.


Embodied Dharma - A Series of Talks and Explorations for Women Mitras and Order Members

Fri 24 Sept 6.30pm - 8.30pm
At Norwich Buddhist Centre
(NB: If new Covid restrictions are imposed prior to 23rd Sept this event will take place via Zoom)

The Compassionate Body; Learning to Listen to its Wise Voice - a talk by Vajragupta

Perhaps we don’t think of the body as wise! Perhaps we believe that it’s the mind that has the intelligence and the body is at the service of the mind. In reality, both the mind and the body are intelligent, but they each have a different sort of intelligence, a different sort of language.

We might think the body is our servant, simply there to do our bidding. But the body is actually a wise messenger, communicating via energy, illness, accident and symptoms of anxiety, depression and stress, as well as through activity, joy, contentment and relaxation. The way to full health is to bring the body and the mind together, so they can communicate deeply with each other.

This evening will include body meditation and a short talk as well as discussion.

By donation. Booking essential.

This is the first in a series of Embodied Dharma Workshops for Women Mitras. Save the dates for the coming workshops:

‘Embodied Meditation Exploring Direct Experience and Insight.’ 6.30pm, October 22 with Karunachitta

‘Sensuality, shame and sex.’ 6.30pm, November 12 with Shraddadhi

https://www.facebook.com/Womensdharmaworkshop

Embodied Dharma - A Series of Talks and Explorations for Women Mitras and Order Members

Fri 22 Oct 6.30pm - 8.30pm
At Norwich Buddhist Centre
(NB: If new Covid restrictions are imposed prior to 22nd Oct this event will take place via Zoom)

Embodied Meditation Exploring Direct Experience and Insight - with Karunachitta

What do we mean by body? and what would an embodied approach to meditation feel like? This will be exploration in Direct Awareness, i.e.. an exploration not filtered by the habits of the thinking mind with its likes and dislikes, and it’s familiar storyline.

What we can find, with totally fresh eyes, is an experience that is really always there, but goes un-noticed; one of relaxed Spaciousness, Openness, Kindness and Liberation.

This evening will include body meditation and a short talk as well as discussion.

By donation. Booking essential.

This is the second in a series of Embodied Dharma Workshops for Women Mitras. Save the dates for the coming workshops:

‘Sensuality, shame and sex.’ 6.30pm, November 12 with Shraddadhi

https://www.facebook.com/Womensdharmaworkshop

Death and the Only Beauty that Lasts

"The only beauty that lasts is the beauty is the beauty of the human heart." Rumi

Move into a healthier relationship with death on this experiential journey led by Siddhisambhava

"Death is not a subject most people really want to face up to, especially when it’s personal. It would be easy to think ‘no, not for me’. And yet, I’d recommend Siddhisambhava workshops and retreats to anyone – exactly because we don’t want to look there. But if you do, with the skilful and sensitive guidance that Siddhisambhava offers, you are likely to discover a sense of being more alive, more present and more at home with yourself. Facing our human situation in this realistic way, turning towards our fears, is exactly what helps them to diminish.”

Tejananda, Chair, Vajraloka meditation retreat centre, Corwen, Wales

Open to all

**Booking restricted to 15 places**

Please bring your own vegetarian or vegan lunch, rather than food to share so that everyone can be Covid-comfortable.

Priority booking for the whole weekend initially.

For more info about Siddhisambhava and the workshop www.janparker.co.uk

Sat 9 Oct and Sun 10 Oct

10am-5.00pm


£60 (£44 concs)

Study Day with Paramabandhu

Sunday 24th October 10 - 4pm
At Norwich Buddhist Centre

Paramabandhu, our Centre President, joins us to lead another inspiring study day at the Centre on Vasubandhu’s Thirty Verses on Consciousness Only.

This pithy, rich teaching will be explored during the day through a mix of talks and discussion.

Vasubandhu was one of the main founders of the Yogacara school of Mahayana Buddhism.On this day we will study and meditate upon his Thirty Verses of Consciousness Only, which is his summary of the key teachings of the Yogacara.

10am - 4pm

By Donation

Please bring your own lunch rather than food to share so that everyone can be Covid comfortable.

Joy

To experience or express joy in difficult times such as these can often seem inappropriate or even unfeeling. Yet why, traditionally, has joy been such an important aspect of the Buddhist path? How does joy differ from superficial pleasure and how can we set up the conditions to bring more joy into our lives?

Sarvananda will be exploring and, hopefully, experiencing the topic with us through short talks, discussion, meditation and reflection.

" O let us live in joy, although having nothing. In joy let us live like spirits of light!" - the Dhammapada

Sunday 12th December at the Centre

10am to 1pm

Led by Sarvananda

Suitable for all those who are acquainted with the two meditations we teach.

£15 / £12 concessions