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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

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

newcomers’ classes in YORK

from Wednesday 15th November learning about meditation and buddhism Every Wednesday Evening –  at The Clementhorpe Room, Priory Street Centre, 15 Priory Street, York, YO1 6ET Starts at 7.00 p.m. Finishes 9.15 p.m. Our friendly new classes begin on Wednesday 15th November and up until the New Year we will be exploring and teaching two Buddhist meditation practices. In the Mindfulness of Breathing we will learn to focus on the breath and our bodies as an aid to relaxing and calming our busy minds. In the Metta Bhavana we will be learning how to cultivate loving-kindness and a friendly attitude to ourselves and other people. Both practices help us to develop as individuals and to engage with the world in a calmer and more accepting way. There will also be an opportunity to discuss aspects of Buddhism and to learn how practising the Buddha’s teaching can help us to live a happier and more fulfilled life in the modern world. The York Buddhist Group is part of the Leeds Buddhist Centre – a member of the Triratna Community and Order. We are a new tradition, drawing from different Buddhist traditions and presenting the Buddha’s teachings in a way that is more accessible to many of us in the west. This is a drop in event. No previous experience of  meditation is required. If you already meditate this is an opportunity to deepen and build a regular practice and connect with other people. You are welcome to attend whenever you can, for as many weeks or months as you like. You do not need to commit to every week although regular attendance would be beneficial. Cost: There is no charge; we provide these classes as a practice of generosity (dana). However... Read more

Dates of Tuesday Newcomers’ Classes over the Summer

The Tuesday evening newcomers’ classes will continue until the end of June, looking together at the Buddha’s life and teachings, and what they might mean for how we want to live our lives here and now. No classes on 5th July or 12th July. Tuesdays 19th & 26th July, 2nd & 9th August: four classes exploring the practice of Buddhist meditation  Tuesday 6th September onwards: Newcomers weekly drop-in begins again   Everybody welcome, and no experience is needed. The classes start at 7.00pm and finish at 9.15pm. You are welcome to arrive from 6.30pm and have a cup of tea before the... Read more