Women’s Sangha Retreat 2020

Women from the Manchester Sangha come together for a weekend of talks, discussion, meditation and ritual. More info to follow

Who is the Retreat 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.

£150 standard rate / £100 concessionary / £50 age 18 - 25. Payment still a problem? As a small unfunded charity, the Centre relies on the generosity of people who come here, but we don't want to turn anyone away from our events. Please contact the Centre Team on 0161 834 9232 or info@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk and we'll work something out with you. Please book in good time to help the organisers arrange accommodation and catering – bookings will close a few days before the retreat. The venue is Dukes Barn in Derbyshire. Accommodation is in shared rooms and there is good disabled access. Vegan meals included, and limitless cups of tea . . .


Booking your Place

• You need to book and pay in advance please
• Book online with a credit or debit card, or by Paypal - Book Now
• Or phone 0161 834 9232 to pay with a card, or call in and pay with cash or card
• Booking for someone else online? Tell us in the Additional Information box at checkout
• 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 making your booking
• Questions? 0161 834 9232 or info@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk
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• If you’re booking, please let us know if you can offer a lift, or need one – we usually manage to arrange for people to travel together
• Full joining instructions will be sent after booking


Retreat Fund

Sangha members who cannot afford a retreat may be able to get help from our retreat bursary fund. Or if you can, please give to the fund so everyone gets the chance to go on retreat.

What if I have to cancel?

Get in touch - you can­:
• Transfer to a similar event when possible
• Cancel and get a full refund if the event is more than 14 days away
• Cancel, but with a cancellation charge of £10 for a day event or six-week course; £20 for a weekend event; £50 for a residential retreat, if less than 14 days from the event date

Men’s Sangha Retreat 2020

Men from the Manchester Sangha come together for a weekend of talks, discussion, meditation and ritual. More info to follow

Who is the Retreat 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.

£150 standard rate / £100 concessionary / £50 age 18 - 25. Payment still a problem? As a small unfunded charity, the Centre relies on the generosity of people who come here, but we don't want to turn anyone away from our events. Please contact the Centre Team on 0161 834 9232 or info@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk and we'll work something out with you. Please book in good time to help the organisers arrange accommodation and catering – bookings will close a few days before the retreat. The venue is Dukes Barn in Derbyshire. Accommodation is in shared rooms and there is good disabled access. Vegan meals included, and limitless cups of tea . . . . .


Retreat Fund

Sangha members who cannot afford a retreat may be able to get help from our retreat bursary fund. Or if you can, please give to the fund so everyone gets the chance to go on retreat.

What if I have to cancel?

Get in touch - you can­:
• Transfer to a similar event when possible
• Cancel and get a full refund if the event is more than 14 days away
• Cancel, but with a cancellation charge of £10 for a day event or six-week course; £20 for a weekend event; £50 for a residential retreat, if less than 14 days from the event date

Sangha Retreat Online: Creating Community

On this retreat we’ll be exploring one of the Buddha’s teachings, specifically on the creation of community, or sangha: the Four ‘Sangrahavastus’. Sangraha means ‘collecting’, or ‘gathering’, but – interestingly – it also means ‘kind disposition, kindliness, sympathy, friendliness, help, assistance, protection, favour’. Vastu means simply object, or item, so we could translate sangrahavastu as ‘the means of gathering people together in kindness, sympathy, friendliness, help, etc’.
That’s what ‘creating community’ really means.

Of course it’s not that we create community, or sangha, just once – community is something that we have to continually co-create, and the 4 sangrahavastus are the practical means by which we do that.

In this time of lockdown we have had to try to co-create our community in difficult circumstances, in which we’ve only been able to meet online. That situation is certainly not the most conducive to the creation of sangha, but practising in adversity has always been highly praised in the Buddhist tradition. Perhaps we could call the retreat Creating Community in the Time of Coronavirus.

Taravandana will also be exploring the four sangrahavastus in her Friday evening talks, and if you can listen to those talks before the retreat, that would be good, but you won’t need to. On this retreat we’ll be digging a bit deeper into their meaning, with short talks and discussion. What does ‘digging a bit deeper’ mean in this context? Here’s something Sangharakshita said once, when talking about the value of sangha:

We have all had the experience of clarifying our ideas through discussion – and even of discovering that we knew more than we thought we did – simply through trying to communicate with another person. It is as though trying to communicate activates an understanding that is already there but has never manifested until now, and even brings forth new aspects of one – aspects which one only ever discovers as a result of contact with another person.

The retreat is being led by a group of senior Order members, each of whom have been practising the Dharma – and helping in the great work of co-creating the Triratna Buddhist Community – for a long time. They are Aparajita, Arthavadin, Dayanandi, Jayadevi, Mahasraddha, and Taravandana, and they warmly invite everyone to join them on this weekend retreat.

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.

Join this event through the Zoom App

While the Centre is closed by the coronavirus pandemic, we're running many events online through Zoom.
New to Zoom?
• Our online classes and other events are friendly and participative, with opportunities to ask questions and share your own experience. Do turn your camera and microphone on if you can!
• If a session doesn't start on time, please give it a few minutes, there's probably a sudden problem at our end
Take me to the retreat. Meeting ID: 993 0129 0879, You’ll need a password to get into this meeting – the password is 967326


Supporting the Centre

We want to offer as much as we can freely online for as long as can. These are very difficult times for us though, and being closed means we have lost much of our income: we need your help! So if you value our Centre and community, please think about making a regular or one-off donation here.


Come to as much as you can

Please arrive at the beginning of an activity rather than part way through.

Saturday

10 am Arrive for 10.15 start
10.15 Welcome from Arthavadin
10.20 Dedication Ceremony, meditation, with Mahasraddha
11 am Leg stretch
11.05 Intro and tune-in in groups of three
11.20 Short talk by Dayanandi: Creating Connection and Community
11.40 Tea break
11.50 Group discussion
12.25 Short meditation led by Taravandana
12.45 Lunch and socially distanced walk with a Sangha friend, or time for reflection
4 pm Seven-Fold Puja led by Arthavadin
5 pm Close

Sunday

10 am Arrive for 10.15 start
10.15 Welcome from Arthavadin
10.20 Refuges and Precepts, meditation, with Mahasraddha
11 am Leg stretch
11.05 Intro and tune-in in groups of three
11.20 Short talk by Aparajita: Flame On!
11.40 Tea break
11.50 Group discussion
12.25 Short meditation led by Taravandana
12.45 Lunch and socially distanced walk with a Sangha friend, or time for reflection
4 pm Seven-Fold Puja live from the Centre’s Lotus Hall with Sthirajyoti
5 pm Close