Buddha Sakyamuni

NEW from April 14th – Newcomers’ Evenings

We are changing our programme this Summer and instead of running courses (where you need to book a place) we will be changing to a weekly Tuesday Evening Drop-In class (which you can join anytime without booking) NEWCOMERS EVENINGS Learning about meditation and Buddhism Every Tuesday Evening from 14th April Starts at 7.00 p.m. Finishes 9.15 p.m.  This is a drop in event and no previous experience of Buddhist meditation is required.  If you’ve already learnt to meditate this is also an opportunity to deepen and build a regular practice and connect with other people.  Each evening will consist of a guided meditation and an introduction and exploration of the Buddha’s teachings and their relevance to our lives. You are welcome to attend whenever you can, for as many weeks or months as you like. This is a rolling programme so if you miss some weeks you will be able to catch up on what was covered at another time.  Over a number of weeks we shall be exploring the following areas:  Meditation and mindfulness Introducing our four main meditation practices.  Mindfulness of the body and its senses, the Mindfulness of breathing, the cultivation of kindly awareness (metta) and just sitting.  We will also explore mindfulness in our everyday lives.  Buddhist practice in the world  (ethics and action ). Exploring what we value and care about. How can we strengthen our connection with these values and express them in our lives and actionsThe Buddha and his teachings ( Dharma). Who was the Buddha? What did he have to say and what relevance has it to our lives? An exploration of this through talks, discussions and workshops looking... Read more

Meeting the Buddha – Dedicated to Rosemary on her Going Forth

Samanartha writes: This article is based on a talk I gave to celebrate Rosemary’s leaving for her Ordination retreat. In it I’ve tried to evoke, if somewhat briefly, some of the myth and hence the importance of what she has embarked on.  Firstly, what do we mean by ‘the mythic’ or ‘myth’? In a Buddhist context we don’t use the term ‘myth’ in the sense of something not being true. Instead, the mythic is something like a deeply held belief, story, or organising principle that creates a sense of meaning and purpose in our lives. These myths are not ones in which we are observers but are something that we participate in and actively live out. For example, I’m a great uncle and when visiting my family recently I could see that living out the myth of the family is very important to them. It carries a strong sense of purpose and even of meaning for the people involved and is something that is obviously lived out. This, of course, is fully supported by society and is a very strong myth indeed. For some people, however, to only live out these common myths – such as those of the career or the family – seems lacking and unsatisfying in some way. And this propels some people to begin a search, a quest for something else, something that may include the myths of the career and family but is ultimately a vastly bigger myth. It is this quest for greater meaning that explains why many people arrive on the shores of Leeds Buddhist Centre. “In a way the Buddhist path... Read more