The Gloucester Buddhist Centre on board the SULA Lightship and the Hoodie Monks are excited to announce the start of regular Sangha meetings!!
Literally, Sangha means 'community' in its broadest sense. It is a group of like-minded people who discuss Buddhism and how to implement the teachings and tools in every day life in order to deal better with suffering.
These discussion will be rather informal and will encourage all of us to participate. The main principle is based on the fact we can all learn from each-other. By sharing thoughts and experiences during these events, we can see if these ideas can help us on our own path.
The main purpose of the Sangha is to share, support and to hold each-others hands whilst on our journeys. Nobody will tell you what to do, nor say what is right or wrong. That's the beauty of Buddhism: you pick the tools that work in your life and have the Sangha to share and discuss!
We are planning for two type of meetings: one will be a bi-weekly 2-hrs session on Thursday evenings starting at 7:30pm
The other meeting will be a monthly one on a Sunday, and although the concept of the whole day is still under development, it will be a nice and social day with lunch etc. These monthly meetings will allow people from further away to participate with our Sangha. We will keep you posted on these events!
The concept of the Thursday meetings will be as follows:
We will start with a grounding meditation, followed by a discussion session. The discussion topics will be different every time, and we encourage people to suggest topics so that we can help them with issues they might have.
After a short break with teas and coffee, we will do a typical traditional Shingon Buddhist ceremony for those who would like to participate.
Please note that although Seiho and Seiso, the owners of the Gloucester Buddhist Centre, are practising and promoting traditional
Shingon Buddhism, you don't have to participate with the ceremony. We welcome ALL
people interested in ANY
form of Buddhism.
The Gloucester Buddhist Centre is an official Dharma Centre for the Hoodie Monks, an international group who is encouraging Buddhism to the youth by means of modern tools and we would love to see some youngsters being part of our Sangha as well.
Dates for the Thursday evening Sangha meetings:
19-12-2013 9-1-2014 23-1-2014 6-2-2014 20-2-2014
Dates for the Sunday Sangha meetings:
12-1-2014 23-2-2014 23-3-2014 27-4-2014 25-5-2014 22-6-2014 27-7-2014 24-8-2014 28-9-2014 26-10-2014 30-11-2014
The meetings are free, but we encourage people to donate to cover for the costs of the events and the Buddhist Centre.
It will be useful to let the Centre know upfront if you are planning to come over by callings us on 01452-527566 or email us using firstname.lastname@example.org
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We hope you are as enthusiastic as we are, and we are looking forward seeing you soon!
Seiho & Seiso