Urban Retreat – Living in the Greater Mandala – Sun 22nd Nov to Sat 28th Nov

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What is an Urban Retreat?

Rather than going away on retreat to the countryside, an Urban Retreat supports and deepens our practice of the Dharma while we live our lives, at home, in our workplaces and at Buddhist Centre Retreat events. In taking part we also create stronger connections between each other and the wider sangha (community).

Who can take part?

Absolutely everyone! Even if you have never meditated before, we will give you all the guidance you need (except Friday when it’s best if you have meditated before)

Where is it happening?

There are drop-in events all through the week at Leeds Buddhist Centre. And online at TheBuddhistCentre.com/urbanretreat there will be daily talks, guided meditations, and mantras every day from Sat 21st November plus many other activities.

How much does it cost?

The Centre is run as a ‘dana economy’ (a culture of generosity). This means that we no longer have a charge for any of our classes, as we wish them to be accessible to everyone, regardless of income. However it costs a lot to keep the centre open, so we ask everyone who can to consider donating as much as possible. If you can donate £2-3 for a lunchtime, £3-4 for a  teatime       drop-in, £5-6 for an evening event and £10-£30 for a Day Retreat it will help us to continue to make our events open to everyone. If you can give more than that, then you will be supporting others less fortunate than yourself.

Urban Retreat Programme

Sunday 22nd November
Day Retreat – 10am to 4.00pm
A day of meditation, chanting and ritual to launch this week of intense practice. Please bring veggie/vegan lunch to share. All welcome regardless of experience.

Monday 23rd November
2 x Meditation Drop-ins
LUNCHTIME: 12.45pm (prompt) to 1.30pm. TEATIME: 5.15pm (prompt) to 6.15 pm. Doors Open 15 minutes before. All welcome regardless of experience.

Tuesday 24th November
Evening Drop-In Class – 7.00 to 9.15pm
Our weekly newcomers’ drop-in. This week, as always, everyone is welcome. Guided meditation followed by a discussion on some aspect of the Buddha’s teaching.

Wednesday 25th November
2 x Meditation Drop-ins
LUNCHTIME: 12.45pm (prompt) to 1.30pm. TEATIME: 5.15pm (prompt) to 6.15 pm. Doors Open 15 minutes before. All welcome regardless of experience..

Thursday 26th November
Friend’s Night – Mitra Ceremony – 7.00 to 915pm
This week Friend’s Night is special because we are celebrating the festival of Sangha (Community) Day which will include some Mitra Ceremonies where a number of sangha members will make a ritual commitment to the Triratna community. Everyone is welcome, even if you are just starting to meditate.

Friday 27th November
2 x Meditation Drop-ins
LUNCHTIME: 12.45pm (prompt) to 1.30pm. TEATIME: 5.15pm (prompt) to 6.15 pm Doors Open 15 minutes before. All welcome regardless of experience.
And in the evening…
A Puja for the Urban Retreat – 7.00pm to around 8.30pm
This is a devotional practice when we recite verses in call and repeat, chant and make offerings to the shrine. Everyone who meditates is very welcome to join us and can join in or simply observe.

Saturday 28th November
Day Retreat – 10am to 4.00pm
A day looking back on the Urban Retreat with meditation, chanting and ritual. Please bring veggie/vegan lunch to share. All welcome regardless of experience.

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