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Introduction to Buddhism and Meditation

Wednesday 4th May – 8th June 2016  7.30pm
Quaker Meeting House, 16 Queens Road, Leicester LE2 1WP
Starting at 7.30pm on Wednesday 4th May, we are offering a series of six evening meetings introducing key Buddhist principles and the basics of Buddhist meditation. The meetings, which will be led by members of the Triratna Buddhist Order, are aimed at newcomers to Buddhism and anyone wishing to refresh their Dharma knowledge and practice.
All welcome to any or all of the meetings. The six meetings form a course but don’t be put off if you can’t make all of them.
Voluntary donations to cover cost of room hire, refreshments etc. are much appreciated (suggested donation: £4 – £7 per week).
Just come along and bring your friends. Or phone
Alobhin: 07517 114453   or
Lynne: 0115 978 8978 / 07951 544703
for more information.

The course will be repeated from Wednesday 7th September to 12th October 2016
at 7.30pm.

Sangha night 

Thursdays 7.00 – 9.15 pm  
Quaker Meeting House, 16 Queens Road, Leicester LE2 1WP
Those wishing to take their interest further are welcome to join our  friendly, informal group of regulars at Sangha Night on Thursday evenings (7.00pm start). Sangha means spiritual community. Meetings are generally led by a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order. The usual format is a meditation, followed by an informal talk or discussion exploring some aspect of Buddhist teaching and practice, with the tea break providing the opportunity to chat to other group members.
You don’t need to commit to coming every week or decide you’re a Buddhist, just come along with an open mind and a willingness to try out the teachings and practices and see if they work for you. And make some new friends at the same time.
Charge by voluntary donation (suggested donation: £4 – £7 per week to cover cost of room hire etc.).

Find out more about us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/triratnaleicester/ or join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/149396768421438/

 A day of meditation and yoga with Alobhin and Nerissa

on Saturday  9th April 10.00 – 3.30
at St Anne’s Church,
Letchworth Road, Leicester LE3 6FH
All welcome.   Please book as numbers are limited.
Wear loose clothing, bring a yoga or camping mat, firm cushion or block, vegetarian food for a shared light lunch, cutlery, a plate and a mug. 
Cost: £20/ £15 (depending on circumstances)
To book:
Contact nerissafields@yahoo.co.uk   07984 810483
Payment in advance:
– in person to Nerissa – cash or cheque
(payable to ‘Triratna Buddhist Community Leicester’);
– by direct bank transfer to: Triratna Buddhist Community Leicester quoting ‘Yoga’ and your  name as reference (contact Nerissa for bank details).

Loving Kindness festival

Saturday 23rd April 10.00 am- 2.30 pm
Quaker Meeting House, Leicester LE2 1WP
Come and meet us at the Quaker Meeting House on Saturday 23rd April, take part in a yoga taster session, learn to meditate, buy books, drink tea, eat cake and much more. Bring the family.
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 Writing Day

Saturday 7th May
Quaker Meeting House, Leicester LE2 1WP
Spend a day with us diving into the ‘inner’ world of the Imagination, delving deep into the dreaming joys of our being, to release and free up our creativity, making it more readily available to us in our everyday lives.

We will be setting up a friendly and supportive environment
in which we will do a number of writing exercises intermingled with short periods of meditation.
The day will be led by Ed and Alobhin, two practising Buddhists.
Open to all
Cost: £10/ £15/ £20 depending on what you are able to afford. Please book. Bring vegetarian food to share.
If you would like to come please contact Alobhin: 07517 114453

RECENT EVENTS

Triratna International Retreat

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23rd – 27th May
Adhisthana, Coddington, nr Ledbury, Herefordshire 
This was the fourth International Retreat, which takes place every other year. The venue this year was the new Triratna retreat centre, Adhisthana, in the lovely Malvern hills. It’s a family-friendly retreat, accommodation is mostly in tents, with some shared bedrooms. 

The theme was ‘The Bodhisattva’s Reply’ – exploring the Buddhist perspective on altruistic activity and social change.
It was hard going at first .. cold, wet, ankle deep in mud .. but got better. Sunday was good, Monday delightful. Some lovely sangha moments as the weather improved and people started to mingle in the beautiful grounds.
There were some excellent talks and group sessions. Especially this one .. an explanation from a Buddhist economist of why capitalism isn’t working for most of the world’s population… it’s about an hour long and well worth a listen, so settle down with a cup of tea: https://thebuddhistcentre.com/internationalretreat/going-beyond-capitalism-buddhist-perspective-vaddhaka

Buddha Day festival

On Thursday 15th May 2014 we celebrated Buddha Day, otherwise known as Wesak. This is the most important festival of the Buddhist year as it’s when we celebrate the Buddha’s Enlightenment. Festivals are always very happy social gatherings as well as an opportunity to practise together. 
Twenty-four of us gathered on this occasion to eat good food, meditate  and take part in a puja in which two people, Amanda and Beverley, became Mitras. A Mitra is someone who has decided they are following a Buddhist path and that they wish to practise within the context of the Triratna Buddhist Community. This is marked by a simple ceremony in the presence of the sangha (spiritual community). 

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Art Day: Changing the Wheel

On Thursday evenings throughout March 2014 we’ve been looking at the imagery of  The Wheel of Life and the Spiral Path. Then on Saturday 29th, twelve of us spent the day exploring the theme of the spiral through art.  Led by Mal we reflected on our inspiration and motivation  in the spiritual life and expressed our ideas through paint, crayons, collage and sculpture. A delightful day spent in good company, with Keith providing the delicious food.

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Green Light Festival

On Saturday 22nd March, Triratna Buddhist Community Leicester had a stall at the Green Light festival where we talked to lots of visitors and taught a number of them to meditate.  The final session of the day was very popular, with 25 people squashed into the room.

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Sangha Day festival

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Thursday 28th November   6.00 – 9.30 pm

Festivals are always a great opportunity for the sangha to get together and it’s particularly appropriate on Sangha Day as this is when Buddhists celebrate the spiritual community.
Our Sangha Day festival was a really joyous occasion. A good number of of people, delicious food, a beautiful shrine, heartfelt contributions – sangha memebers expressed their feelings about sangha through short talks, music, poetry, music and singing – finished off with a rousing puja led by Alobhin. Thanks to everyone for participating so wholeheartedly.

Weekend retreat October 2013

Ten of us got together for a weekend in Rutland again this year. The theme of our retreat, led by Alobhin and Kshantika, was ‘In the world, not of the world’. A very harmonious and enjoyable two days spent in beautiful countryside with thought-provoking discussion, wonderful food – again provided by Keith – and lots of laughter. Who knew the spiritual life could be so much fun? 

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Sangha night 29th August: Sangharakshita’s birthday

This evening the group celebrated the 88th birthday of Sangharakshita, the founder of the Triratna Buddhist Community. Thanks to Beverley for arranging the cake.

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City Festival: Our Leicester Day  

Sunday 25th August 2013
We had a very successful and enjoyable day talking to people who visited our stall on Leicester Market as part of the City Festival. We hope lots of the people who took leaflets will come to our next introductory course in September.

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Dharma Day festival Thursday 25th July 2013

Seventeen people, including four Order Members, attended our Dharma Day festival, when Buddhists celebrate the Buddha beginning to teach the Dharma (the way to Enlightenment).
We began by eating together at 6.00pm – a fantastic veggie spread as always – then the evening’s activities kicked off at 7.00pm with Keith as MC. After a short meditation, Amitajyoti, from the London Buddhist Centre, set the tone with an inspiring talk about her work as a painter and the connection between Buddhist practice and creativity. This led naturally into a rousing puja (Buddhist ritual with chanting) led by Alobhin. Thanks to everyone who contributed to making this such a successful and enjoyable event. 

Buddha Day festival  Saturday 18th May 2013

Festivals are a great opportunity for the sangha to practise together and get to know each other better. On 18th May, a group of us celebrated the Buddha’s Enlightenment with meditation, shared lunch, a reading of the story of the Buddha’s Enlightenment, accompanied by two of our talented musicians, Clive and Sue, and a puja. Much enjoyed by all who participated.

Green Light Festival Saturday 16th March 2013

We were delighted to have a presence at the Green Light Festival held at De Montfort University, where we offered meditation taster sessions and talked to lots of people about our activities. Hope to see you there again next year. 

Parinirvana Day festival  23rd February 2013

On 23rd February we met for Paranirvana Day, when Buddhists commemorate the Buddha’s death and passing beyond the physical body.
We  began by meditating together. In the afternoon we listened to the story of Kisagotami, followed by a discussion, led by Alobhin, about our experiences of  loss and letting go. After tea Sanghaketu led us in a puja which included Keith’s Mitra ceremony – a joyful occasion witnessed by his sangha friends who then showered him with gifts. Sadhu Keith! 

Day retreat  2nd February 2013
The art of impermanence

Day retreats are an excellent opportunity to explore Buddhist themes and to spend time with other Buddhists, getting to know each other better.
Led by Mal, we spent an enjoyable few hours exploring art as a medium through which to express the Buddhist view of life – as a state of constant flux. Mal talked us through some of her own poetry and photography, then we watched video clips of Tibetan monks creating traditional sand mandalas, alongside some clips of modern artists exploring this same theme of impermanence.
After a delicious lunch made by Keith, we spent the afternoon carefully creating our own mandalas and then noticed our feelings as we let them go! 
At the end of a friendly, light-hearted and playful day, Sanghaketu led us in a meditation/ reflection on our theme – impermanence.

Weekend Retreat

In mid-October 2012, eleven of us spent a thoroughly enjoyable weekend in a cottage in Rutland, exploring the theme of freedom. The retreat was led by Alobhin, with Keith providing the fantastic food. We talked, walked, meditated, sang, laughed, cried, and ate more than is probably good for us. Most of all we enjoyed spending time together as a sangha and can’t wait to do it all again as soon as possible. Thanks to everyone who came and contributed to a great weekend.

     

Visioning Morning

On Saturday 6th October, a group of us met at the Adult Education College in Wellington Street to consider our vision for our Buddhist Community and share ideas for helping our community to grow. Despite the lack of heating, we spent a lively and enjoyable morning pooling ideas before reconvening at the Shivalli Indian restaurant for a delicious lunch. Thanks very much to Tobias Gould of Voluntary Action Leicestershire (VAL) for facilitating.

Bread ‘n Med

On a sunny Saturday in August, eight novice bakers faced their demons and tackled bread-making for a whole morning!
Keith provided ingredients, menus and utensils, Sanghaketu provided inspiration and Alobhin led a meditation whilst the dough was rising. The look on the faces of the bakers at the sight of their finished loaves was a picture to behold. As well as Alobhin and Sanghaketu, Lynne, Kath, Greg and Wendy took part, producing bread to be proud of, despite their initial trepidation. Sylvia, a special guest, had a day she still talks about (favourably). Without Mal’s tea-making and washing-up skills the day would not have passed as enjoyably (and cleanly) as it did! How about jam-making next time?!

Buddha Day Festival  2012 

Thanks to everyone who came to Buddha Day on Saturday 12th May and helped make it such an enjoyable day. At the full moon in May Buddhists all over the world celebrate the Buddha’s Enlightenment.
Sanghaketu led the day, Mal created a beautiful shrine, Emma made an excellent soup and other sangha members brought food contributions. Sanghaketu, Clive and Sue transported us with their musical offerings, and Sanghaketu invoked the Buddha with carefully chosen readings and led the puja.

The sunny weather was a bonus and we enjoyed eating lunch, drinking tea and chatting outside in the lovely garden of the Quaker Meeting House.

Art and imagination day retreat   

On Saturday 24th March 2012  Amitajyoti, an Order Member from The London Buddhist Centre, led a day retreat called ‘Exploring imagination, the creative heart/mind and play’. The purpose of the day was to explore the richness of imagination, colour and symbolism as a vehicle for human growth and transformation. Which sounds rather grand and those of us who don’t think of ourselves as artistic were a little apprehensive. However, Amitajyoti’s input was gentle and encouraging and she created an environment in which we were soon able to feel comfortable and enjoy experimenting and playing with paint. Thanks very much to Amitajyoti for leading a very successful and enjoyable day, and to the participants for the fantastic lunch.  Feedback about both has been effusive!

Sangha Day Festival 2011

Our Sangha Day festival on Saturday 12th November was well-attended and very enjoyable. We began with meditation, led by Vidyasara, who also created the beautiful shrine. After lunch, Sanghaketu, Kath and Vidyasara gave excellent short, personal talks on sangha and friendship. During the tea break, we enjoyed a musical offering from Andrew, accompanied by Clive and Sanghaketu. There followed a rousing puja led by Sanghaketu, which included a lovely – and sometimes giggly – candle ceremony, symbolic of our growing sangha or spiritual community. Thanks to all who helped to make the day such a success.

Dharma Day Festival 2011

On Saturday 16th July, we celebrated Dharma Day.
Dharma means the Buddha’s teaching and anything that helps us develop spiritually.  Our festival had an arts
 focus and various members of the sangha shared their art and music and talked about its role in their life. A very inspiring day.

Weekend retreat 2011

Our third weekend retreat was held at Glenys’s lovely house in Waltham on the Wolds. We enjoyed wonderful food, good company and the peaceful rural setting as we explored our theme, Going Forth, through talks, discussions and meditation, led by Sanghaketu.  A delightful weekend, as always, which left us with much to think about.


Buddha Day 2011

On Saturday 14th May, we held our Buddha Day (Wesak) festival, to celebrate the Buddha’s Enlightenment. Alobhin hosted the day, Vidyasara and Mal created a beautiful shrine, and members of the sangha set the room up, prepared food and kept the tea flowing. Vidyasara led a period of meditation before lunch, then the afternoon’s activities began with a short re-enactment of the moments leading up to the Buddha’s Enlightenment.
Martin was an inspirational Buddha, imperturbable in the face of Mara’s attacks and temptations.  Musical accompaniment was provided by Andrew, Ian and Sanghaketu. We are lucky to have such talented people within our small sangha.
The day was rounded off with a festive puja, led by Sanghaketu. Within the puja, Mal Daultrey became a Mitra.
Thanks to all who attended and to everyone who worked so hard to make our Wesak festival such an enjoyable and successful day.

Parinirvana Day  

On Saturday 12th February, friends, regulars and visitors gathered at the Quaker Meeting House on Queens Road (the regular venue for Triratna Leicester activities). There was a programme to mark Parinirvana Day, the festival celebrating the Buddha’s final passing away into ‘Enlightenment without remainder’. After a short meditation, Jnanarakshita (visiting from Birmingham) told the story of the Mahaparinibbana Sutta. Kath Barton-Harvey and Andrew Cheffings become Mitras in the context of a puja, to much hearty rejoicing.

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Responses

  1. It was a powerful experience being the Buddha.
    I sat still…and meditated on actually ‘being’ him..
    for real.
    I felt very calm as both scary armies and curvy
    maidens did their worst! As I touched the earth,
    I felt gently flooded by a great peaceful joy which
    stayed with me for ages. It really focused my mind
    on who and what he was. I wanted all Buddhists to
    feel the power of what I felt that day. Thank you to
    all at the Leicester group for letting me have that
    wonderful experience. And to top it all, I had the joy
    of an intimate puja..which is better than seeing
    the Rolling Stones! Metta to all, ‘Shakyamarty’

  2. Hello, my name is Steve. I am from Leicester originally and now live and teach in Istanbul. i will be in Leicester sometime in May and will make contact with you then, and would like to take part in activities. There is a small Sangha here in Istanbul, led by Vajrakacsu. Namaste. Steve

  3. Hi Steve
    Thanks for getting in touch. You’d be very welcome to come along to our regulars’ night on Thursdays at 7.30pm. We’ll also be celebrating Buddha Day on Saturday 12th May. Keep an eye on the website for more details. Look forward to meeting you. Alobhin


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