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Introduction to Buddhism Course – 6 Saturday Mornings from 14th April

  On these Saturday Morning drop-ins we’ll be teaching meditation from scratch and exploring the very practical Buddhist teachings on how to achieve more peace and contentment in our lives. The course will look at The Worldly Winds – those ups and downs which blow us off course in our lives and cause us to suffer. We’ll be looking at effective and practical ways to deal with loss, disapproval, blame and pain and exploring how to deal with the ending of those things which have given us pleasure and happiness. This course is aimed at people who are only just beginning to explore Buddhism but it is open to everyone – beginners and those with an established practice. No need to book, just turn up! There is no charge but we would appreciate a voluntary donation of £6 – £8 per session from those who are able to help in this way. The course will end with a Day Retreat on Saturday 26 May from 10.30 until 4.00 pm    ... Read more

Women’s Day Retreat

Saturday 17th March 10am to 4pm Feeding the Fire of Transformation Open to all women with a regular meditation practice Please bring veggie/vegan food to share A day exploring our personal practice through meditation and study. We’ll be looking at, and reflecting on the Bhumija Sutta where the Buddha uses four similes to make his point about practice. He says that ineffective practice is like trying to light a fire with wet wood and can never really succeed, whereas appropriate effort inevitably leads to success. We’ll be exploring this teaching in relation to the conditions and challenges of our own day-to-day lives. Led by Shakyapada and Dharmasetu This is a dana event so there is no set charge and everyone is welcome regardless of any ability to pay. However a donation would be greatly appreciated and help keep all events open to everyone. Suggested donation is £25 but please give what you can (or nothing at... Read more

Friends’ Night

Thursdays 7pm – 9.15pm, 18 January to 22 February Six weeks exploring themes from the Alavaka sutta, where the Buddha meets the Demon Alavaka who is the owner of one of the most powerful weapons in the universe. Upon his weapon and coercion failing, Alavaka hopes to confound the Buddha with some tricky questions. Come and explore some of the Buddha’s profound answers. Week 1.  Shakyamuni meets the demon and battles with Alavaka.  An evening exploring the importance of not losing touch with our inspiration and values. Week 2.  Who sits on the throne?  The Buddha, Alavaka or the King?   How do we bring all of ourselves into the Dharma? Week 3.   Crossing the flood.  A question of sraddha (faith)?   If we don’t build conviction we set off in a leaky boat! Week 4.   Crossing the ocean of samsara.  The importance for mindfulness in our practice. Week 5.   How do we overcome suffering and stress?  Creating a harmonious mind. Exploring the hindrances and their antidotes. Week 6.  How are we purified? A puja invoking Vajrasattava. Who sees that we are fundamentally pure and have always been so.   Open to everyone who has learnt our two main meditation practices, this class offers a chance to meditate with others, receive ideas and share ways of deepening our understanding and practice of meditation and... Read more

Newcomers’ Class

Life with Full Attention Tuesday Evening Starts at 7.00 p.m. Finishes 9.15 p.m. New program commences Tuesday 16th January Join us for an 8-week exploration of mindfulness for people exploring Buddhism. It’s based on the book by Maitreyabandhu, Life with Full Attention. On the course we’ll explore different aspects of mindfulness such as awareness of the body, feelings, thoughts, and the environment using different practices. The course is suitable for newcomers and for people already practising Buddhism or mindfulness. You are welcome to come whenever you can. You will gain more, the more classes you come to. Cost: These classes are run on a drop-in basis and there is no charge. However the centre relies on the generosity of the people who use it. If you can, please help us to make mindfulness, meditation and Buddhism available to everyone by putting a donation in the dana bowl or by taking out a regular standing order to support the centre. Booking: No need to book – just turn up on the evening by 7.00... Read more

Creative Writing

!! EXCITING NEW FOUR-WEEK COURSE !! CREATIVE WRITING Adventure in the imagination through the practice of writing. There will be a variety of activities and topics to inspire and stimulate your creativity. This course is open to everyone whether you have never written before or been writing for a while. There will be opportunities to share your work but it won’t be compulsory! All you need for this journey of discovery is the urge to set off, pen and paper or i-pad in hand. The course will run for 4 Saturdays: January 13th, 20th, 27th and February 3rd . The sessions will run from 10.30 to 12.45, with an option of a full day on February 3rd. At the end of the course we hope a group will continue once a month at times to... Read more

New Buddha Figure and Shrine at Leeds Buddhist Centre

On Sunday afternoon, 17th December 2017, the Leeds sangha gathered together to unveil and dedicate our stunningly beautiful new shrine and Buddha figure in a moving day led by Uddyotani and Samanartha. Those present also placed their own commemorative writing and art in special boxes which were then sealed into the body of the Shrine itself. These boxes also included items from each of our Ordination training centres – Tiratanaloka and Padmaloka and items from our two main Ordination Centres in Spain – Guhyaloka and Akashavana. There was also a warm message from our founder Sangharakshita who congratulated Leeds on the beautiful new shrine and remarked that he saw it as marking a new and exciting phase in the development of the Leeds Buddhist Centre. We owe enormous thanks to Amritasukha who had the vision for this shrine and who created the new Buddha for us. Major thanks too to Jinaputra whose practical skills made the construction possible and to Samanartha for his hard work and dedication in building the shrine with Jinaputra. Thanks also to Giles for the images. This project began many months ago and is only the first, but most important stage, of a plan which will transform the whole area of the Shrine room at Leeds. May this new shrine inspire us greatly in our devotion to the Buddha, our practice of the Dharma and our friendship in the... Read more