Buddha Day

Day retreat Saturday 18th May 10am to 4pm Join us on Saturday for a day retreat to celebrate Buddha Day (Wesak). This important festival celebrates the enlightenment of the Buddha on the full moon in May. We shall celebrate together with meditation, some story telling and ritual practice. Please bring vegan/vegi food for a shared lunch. This day retreat is open to... Read more

Sangha Weekend Retreat

          from 6pm Friday 12th April to 4pm Sunday 14th April 2019 The Leeds Buddhist Centre Sangha Retreat is held twice each year. This spring we’re going to the Beamsley Project again which is in a quiet rural location, near Bolton Abbey in Wharfedale. It’s a chance to practice with old friends and to make new friends. The programme includes meditation, workshops and ritual, and there is also time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Where physically possible all retreatants are asked to help out with cooking and washing-up etc. All meals are vegan and sleeping accommodation is provided (shared rooms, but if you need a single room for medical reasons, please ask). Please bring your own towels and toiletries. All bed linen is provided. Everyone who is familiar with our meditation practices is welcome, and in fact, this is a perfect weekend for those who have not been on retreat before. It is friendly, easy going and fun – with lots of meditation and Dharma practice. TO BOOK: Please complete a form and enclose a non-returnable deposit of £75 to cover the basic costs. N.B. Early booking is essential as the retreat is often oversubscribed. The Mandala of Generosity The balance is payable on the retreat itself (by cash or cheque): Our aim is to inspire a culture of generosity in the way we share Buddhist Teachings so, once the deposit has been paid, it is up to you how much more you pay. We suggest an additional donation (over and above the deposit) of between £15 and £65. We leave the exact amount for you to decide, depending on your... Read more

Heart and Mind Day Retreat

        Exploring Ritual and Devotion in Buddhist Practice What does ritual mean to you? Does it leave you inspired, connected, curious or just uncomfortable? This day of discussion, meditation and puja aims to help us find our own relationship with ritual and to deepen our practice together. Please bring vegan/vegi food for a shared lunch. This event is run on a dana basis. With Uddyotani and Giles At Leeds Buddhist Centre Date/Time Date(s) – 23/02/2019 10:00 am – 4:00... Read more

Tejananda Weekend

                the gap, kleshas and simply being According to a fundamental teaching common to all schools of Buddhism, the cause of all our self-inflicted suffering is craving. And craving, both ‘for’ and ‘against’ the things that turn up in our lives, is the fundamental expression of ignorance. Craving, aversion and ignorance together are the principal kleshas, ‘disturbing emotions’ that afflict our mind and being and, by extension, our relations with others and the world. Yet, as Sangharakshita has observed, craving and the other kleshas are not inevitable – there is a ‘gap’ between our feelings, even strong ones, and reacting into kleshas. This is why awakening is possible. In this weekend of led meditation and inquiry, we’ll explore this ‘gap’, from which can emerge insightful meditative ways of working with our reactions. In this exploration, the perspective of direct experience and the body will be central. In a very direct sense, the gap is to be found in the body – the somaor living, energetic sensate quality of the body. And once ‘in the gap’, it’s possible that formless meditation or ‘simply being’ will also open out vistas of ‘the open dimension’ that hint at the ending of suffering and its cause. Please bring vegi/vegan food to for a shared lunch. The event is run on... Read more

Exploring Buddhist Practice Day Retreat

On Saturday 8th December 10am til 4pm With Uddyotani, Samanartha and Hridayavaca At Triratna Leeds Buddhist Centre This is a day retreat for people who have completed an Introductory course or similar program with the Triratna Buddhist Community, who are familiar with the meditation practices we teach and who haven’t yet had the opportunity to study in a group. With meditation, discussion, study and ritual through the day, it’s a chance to explore together with others who want to deeper their practice and understanding of Buddhism. We intend in the new year to offer people the opportunity to join a new study group, and we hope this day will help us get a sense of who might be interested. If you’d like to come on the day please email us at enquiries@leedsbuddhistcentre.org or sign up on the noticeboard. This event is run on Dana with a suggested donation of £20-£40. Please bring vegan/vegi food to... Read more