Sangha Day Festival 2020

On Sangha Day we celebrate our spiritual community in one of the four main Buddhist festivals in the year, usually held at the time of the full moon.

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Who is the event for?

Suitable for anyone who has experience of our two meditation practices, Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana, and is open to Buddhist ritual.

No need to book, just turn up a few minutes before we start. No charge, but as an unfunded charity, we rely on the generosity of people who use and value the Centre to help cover running costs, over £6,000 a week. We will welcome donations on the day and beyond.

Can you help out on the Day?

We often need friendly Sangha members to help make this sort of event run smoothly. Much of the work is done before and after, so you'd still be able to join in with everyone else. Please contact Sundeep on sundeep@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk if you are interested in joining the organising team. Thank you!

Sangha Day Programme – provisional

Please be here in time for a prompt start in the Lotus Hall at 1.30
12.30 pm: Lunch: Please bring vegan food to share. If it's vegetarian but not vegan, please label it clearly.
1.30 pm: Introduction, meditation, readings, talks, reflection, discussion, Puja
5.30 pm: End


Health Issues

If there are any health issues, physical, emotional or mental, that could affect your participation in a course or event, please contact the Buddhist Centre on 0161 834 9232, and ask to talk confidentially to one of our Order members, before deciding whether to attend.

Dr Ambedkar Festival

Join us in an evening dedicated to the great social reformer Dr Ambedkar.
 
• More about Dr Ambedkar and Buddhism – pdf format (but it’s a whole book!)
And some videos . . .
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Who is the event for?

Suitable for anyone who has experience of our two meditation practices, Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana, and is open to Buddhist ritual. No need to book, just turn up a few minutes before we start.

No charge, but as an unfunded charity, we rely on the generosity of people who use and value the Centre to help cover running costs, over £6,000 a week. We will welcome donations on the day and beyond.
 

Can you help out on the Day?

We often need friendly Sangha members to help make this sort of event run smoothly. Much of the work is done before and after, so you'd still be able to join in with everyone else. Please contact Sundeep on sundeep@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk if you are interested in joining the organising team. Thank you!
 


Health Issues

If there are any health issues, physical, emotional or mental, that could affect your participation in a course or event, please contact the Buddhist Centre on 0161 834 9232, and ask to talk confidentially to one of our Order members, before deciding whether to attend.

Padmasambhava Festival 2020

An evening dedicated to Padmasambhava, the mystic yogi magician of Tibet, and archetypal figure associated with wisdom, compassion and the transformation of energy. This is one of our main Buddhist festivals in the year, celebrated in many parts of the world.

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Who is the event for?

Suitable for anyone who has experience of our two meditation practices, Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana, and is open to Buddhist ritual.

No need to book, just turn up a few minutes before we start. No charge, but as an unfunded charity, we rely on the generosity of people who use and value the Centre to help cover running costs, over £6,000 a week. We will welcome donations on the day and beyond.
 

Can you help out on the Day?

We often need friendly Sangha members to help make this sort of event run smoothly. Much of the work is done before and after, so you'd still be able to join in with everyone else. Please contact Sundeep on sundeep@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk if you are interested in joining the organising team. Thank you!
 


Health Issues

If there are any health issues, physical, emotional or mental, that could affect your participation in a course or event, please contact the Buddhist Centre on 0161 834 9232, and ask to talk confidentially to one of our Order members, before deciding whether to attend.

Dharma Day Festival 2020

At one of our four main festivals of the year, we express gratitude for the Buddha’s teaching and the impact it has had on our lives.

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Who is the event for?

Suitable for anyone who has experience of our two meditation practices, Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana, and is open to Buddhist ritual.

No need to book, just turn up a few minutes before we start. No charge, but as an unfunded charity, we rely on the generosity of people who use and value the Centre to help cover running costs, over £6,000 a week. We will welcome donations on the day and beyond.

Can you help out on the Day?

We often need friendly Sangha members to help make this sort of event run smoothly. Much of the work is done before and after, so you'd still be able to join in with everyone else. Please contact Sundeep on sundeep@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk if you are interested in joining the organising team. Thank you!

Dharma Day Programme – provisional

Please be here in time for a prompt start in the Lotus Hall at 1.30
12.30 pm: Lunch: Please bring vegan food to share. If it's vegetarian but not vegan, please label it clearly.
1.30 pm: Introduction, meditation, readings, talks, reflection, discussion, Puja
5.30 pm: End


Health Issues

If there are any health issues, physical, emotional or mental, that could affect your participation in a course or event, please contact the Buddhist Centre on 0161 834 9232, and ask to talk confidentially to one of our Order members, before deciding whether to attend.

Buddha Day Festival 2020

Our most important festival of the year – a celebration of the Buddha’s enlightenment. No need to book, just turn up a few minutes before we start.

There will be daily Pujas at 6 – 7 pm in the week leading up to the festival, starting on Monday 4th May. Come to all, any or none.

No charge, but as an unfunded charity, we rely on the generosity of people who use and value the Centre to help cover running costs, over £6,000 a week. We will welcome donations on the day and beyond.

Who is the event for?

Suitable for anyone who has experience of our two meditation practices, Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana, and is open to Buddhist ritual.
 

Can you help out on the Day?

We often need friendly Sangha members to help make this sort of event run smoothly. Much of the work is done before and after, so you'd still be able to join in with everyone else. Please contact Sundeep on sundeep@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk if you are interested in joining the organising team. Thank you!


Buddha Day Festival Programme

Programme is provisional and timings may change. Please be here in good time for a 2 pm start in the Lotus Hall.

12.30: Shared lunch: Please bring vegan food to share. If it's vegetarian but not vegan, please label it clearly.
2 pm: Introduction, talk, tea break or silent time in shrine room, meditation, reflection, Puja
5.30: End

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Health Issues

If there are any health issues, physical, emotional or mental, that could affect your participation in a course or event, please contact the Buddhist Centre on 0161 834 9232, and ask to talk confidentially to one of our Order members, before deciding whether to attend.

Week of Rituals and Readings: Day Six

A week of readings and rituals leading up to Buddha Day Festival- a celebration of the Buddha’s enlightenment.

No need to book, just turn up a few minutes before we start. No charge, but as an unfunded charity, we rely on the generosity of people who use and value the Centre to help cover running costs, over £6,000 a week. We will welcome donations on the day and beyond.

Who is the event for?

Suitable for anyone who has experience of our two meditation practices, Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana, and is open to Buddhist ritual.
 

Can you help out on the Day?

We often need friendly Sangha members to help make this sort of event run smoothly. Much of the work is done before and after, so you'd still be able to join in with everyone else. Please contact Sundeep on sundeep@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk if you are interested in joining the organising team. Thank you!
 
More about festivals and ritual


Health Issues

If there are any health issues, physical, emotional or mental, that could affect your participation in a course or event, please contact the Buddhist Centre on 0161 834 9232, and ask to talk confidentially to one of our Order members, before deciding whether to attend.

Week of Rituals and Readings: Day Five

A week of readings and rituals leading up to Buddha Day Festival- a celebration of the Buddha’s enlightenment.

No need to book, just turn up a few minutes before we start. No charge, but as an unfunded charity, we rely on the generosity of people who use and value the Centre to help cover running costs, over £6,000 a week. We will welcome donations on the day and beyond.

Who is the event for?

Suitable for anyone who has experience of our two meditation practices, Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana, and is open to Buddhist ritual.
 

Can you help out on the Day?

We often need friendly Sangha members to help make this sort of event run smoothly. Much of the work is done before and after, so you'd still be able to join in with everyone else. Please contact Sundeep on sundeep@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk if you are interested in joining the organising team. Thank you!
 
More about festivals and ritual


Health Issues

If there are any health issues, physical, emotional or mental, that could affect your participation in a course or event, please contact the Buddhist Centre on 0161 834 9232, and ask to talk confidentially to one of our Order members, before deciding whether to attend.

Week of Rituals and Readings: Day Four

A week of readings and rituals leading up to Buddha Day Festival- a celebration of the Buddha’s enlightenment.

No need to book, just turn up a few minutes before we start. No charge, but as an unfunded charity, we rely on the generosity of people who use and value the Centre to help cover running costs, over £6,000 a week. We will welcome donations on the day and beyond.

Who is the event for?

Suitable for anyone who has experience of our two meditation practices, Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana, and is open to Buddhist ritual.
 

Can you help out on the Day?

We often need friendly Sangha members to help make this sort of event run smoothly. Much of the work is done before and after, so you'd still be able to join in with everyone else. Please contact Sundeep on sundeep@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk if you are interested in joining the organising team. Thank you!
 
More about festivals and ritual


Health Issues

If there are any health issues, physical, emotional or mental, that could affect your participation in a course or event, please contact the Buddhist Centre on 0161 834 9232, and ask to talk confidentially to one of our Order members, before deciding whether to attend.

Week of Rituals and Readings: Day Three

A week of readings and rituals leading up to Buddha Day Festival- a celebration of the Buddha’s enlightenment.

No need to book, just turn up a few minutes before we start. No charge, but as an unfunded charity, we rely on the generosity of people who use and value the Centre to help cover running costs, over £6,000 a week. We will welcome donations on the day and beyond.

Who is the event for?

Suitable for anyone who has experience of our two meditation practices, Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana, and is open to Buddhist ritual.
 

Can you help out on the Day?

We often need friendly Sangha members to help make this sort of event run smoothly. Much of the work is done before and after, so you'd still be able to join in with everyone else. Please contact Sundeep on sundeep@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk if you are interested in joining the organising team. Thank you!
 
More about festivals and ritual


Health Issues

If there are any health issues, physical, emotional or mental, that could affect your participation in a course or event, please contact the Buddhist Centre on 0161 834 9232, and ask to talk confidentially to one of our Order members, before deciding whether to attend.

Week of Rituals and Readings: Day Two

A week of readings and rituals leading up to Buddha Day Festival- a celebration of the Buddha’s enlightenment.

No need to book, just turn up a few minutes before we start. No charge, but as an unfunded charity, we rely on the generosity of people who use and value the Centre to help cover running costs, over £6,000 a week. We will welcome donations on the day and beyond.

Who is the event for?

Suitable for anyone who has experience of our two meditation practices, Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana, and is open to Buddhist ritual.
 

Can you help out on the Day?

We often need friendly Sangha members to help make this sort of event run smoothly. Much of the work is done before and after, so you'd still be able to join in with everyone else. Please contact Sundeep on sundeep@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk if you are interested in joining the organising team. Thank you!
 
More about festivals and ritual


Health Issues

If there are any health issues, physical, emotional or mental, that could affect your participation in a course or event, please contact the Buddhist Centre on 0161 834 9232, and ask to talk confidentially to one of our Order members, before deciding whether to attend.

Week of Rituals and Readings: Day One

A week of readings and rituals leading up to Buddha Day Festival- a celebration of the Buddha’s enlightenment.

No need to book, just turn up a few minutes before we start. No charge, but as an unfunded charity, we rely on the generosity of people who use and value the Centre to help cover running costs, over £6,000 a week. We will welcome donations on the day and beyond.

Who is the event for?

Suitable for anyone who has experience of our two meditation practices, Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana, and is open to Buddhist ritual.
 

Can you help out on the Day?

We often need friendly Sangha members to help make this sort of event run smoothly. Much of the work is done before and after, so you'd still be able to join in with everyone else. Please contact Sundeep on sundeep@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk if you are interested in joining the organising team. Thank you!
 
More about festivals and ritual


Health Issues

If there are any health issues, physical, emotional or mental, that could affect your participation in a course or event, please contact the Buddhist Centre on 0161 834 9232, and ask to talk confidentially to one of our Order members, before deciding whether to attend.

Parinirvana Day Festival 2020

On Parinirvana Day, Sangha members commemorate the Buddha’s death. We also remember our family and friends who have died, and the inescapable truth of our own passing. This year, the festival will be led by Dayanandi.

Dayanandi says:

The Buddha’s last days were spent in a grove of Sal trees with disciples and local people coming to say farewell. Astoundingly, as he neared his death, the trees all came into blossom, despite it being out of season, and blossoms fell all around him. Some of the monks thought the trees were paying homage to the Buddha – it was as though they were making flower offerings. The Buddha’s reply to this was, for me, one of his most inspiring and moving utterances. We will hear all his words at the festival, but a short summary would be this: “Yes those offerings are beautiful, but if you really want to show your appreciation and devotion to me, then practice the Dharma and realise the truth of the nature of existence for yourselves!”.

As well as the Buddha’s death, we’ll commemorate those close to us who have died – particularly in the last year or so. Do bring a photo of anyone you have lost recently, or their name written on paper, and at the beginning of the afternoon there will be a time to place these on the shrine and say their names. We will follow with reflections on how we can act on those words of the Buddha more fully and deeply.

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Who is the event for?

Suitable for anyone who has experience of our two meditation practices, Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana, and is open to Buddhist ritual. No need to book, just turn up a few minutes before we start.

No charge, but as an unfunded charity, we rely on the generosity of people who use and value the Centre to help cover running costs, over £6,000 a week. We will welcome donations on the day and beyond.
 

Can you help out on the Day?

We often need friendly Sangha members to help make this sort of event run smoothly. Much of the work is done before and after, so you'd still be able to join in with everyone else. Please contact Sundeep on sundeep@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk if you are interested in joining the organising team. Thank you!
 


Parinirvana Day Programme

Please be here in time for a prompt start in the Lotus Hall at 1.30
12.30 pm: Lunch: Please bring vegan food to share. If it's vegetarian but not vegan, please label it clearly.
1.30 pm: Introduction and readings
2 pm: Ritual to place pictures on the shrine, followed by metta and chanting
2.45 pm: Personal talks, reflection and discussion on the theme of living our lives and practising the Dharma, in the light of impermanence and death
4 pm: Special Parinirvana Day Puja
5.30 pm: End


Health Issues

If there are any health issues, physical, emotional or mental, that could affect your participation in a course or event, please contact the Buddhist Centre on 0161 834 9232, and ask to talk confidentially to one of our Order members, before deciding whether to attend.

Sangha Day Festival 2019

On Sangha Day we celebrate our spiritual community in one of the four main Buddhist festivals in the year, usually held at the time of the full moon. Invoking the spirit of the Bodhicitta – the heart’s wish for enlightenment for all beings – we’ll explore the myth of the thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara and what that means for us in 2019’s Manchester.

Silabodhi, Vishangka and Acharashraddha will lead the day and we invite you to wear something red to honour the Sangha Jewel. To express our appreciation for one another, please also bring a small gift to be ritually placed on the shrine and then shared with our friends.

Mitras and Order members will have an opportunity to ritually re-affirm their commitment to practice and to our community during a special puja. Traditional offerings of flower, candle and incense will be available.

After sharing a meal, there’ll be a chance to bid for the many talents of our Sangha in the return of our ever-popular Sangha Skills Auction. Not to be missed!

Who is the event for?

It’s for Order members, Mitras and Centre regulars who have completed a Buddhism Going Deeper course. Please get in touch if you’re not sure.

No need to book, just turn up a few minutes before we start. No charge, but as an unfunded charity, we rely on the generosity of people who use and value the Centre to help cover running costs, over £6,000 a week. We will welcome donations on the day and beyond.

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Sangha Day Programme

2 pm: Bodhicitta mantra, reading and ritual to place gifts on the shrine
2.30: Introduction
2.45: Festival talk by Silabodhi
3.30: Tea break or silent time in the shrine room
4 pm: Sevenfold Puja with re-affirmations
5pm: Shared meal – Please bring vegan food to share. If it's vegetarian but not vegan, please label it clearly.
6pm: Skills Auction
7 – 7.30 pm: End


Health Issues

If there are any health issues, physical, emotional or mental, that could affect your participation in a course or event, please contact the Buddhist Centre on 0161 834 9232, and ask to talk confidentially to one of our Order members, before deciding whether to attend.