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. We invite you to wear something red to honour the Sangha Jewel.

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.

Sangha Day Programme

Further details to follow. We’ll most likely start with a shared vegan lunch and then go up to the shrine room at 1.30 for talks, meditation and puja.

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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.

Ambedkar Festival 2019

An evening dedicated to Dr Ambedkar, who converted to Buddhhism, as a way to liberation for himself and his followers.

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.

A significant celebration

Dr Ambedkar’s embracing of Buddhism is celebrated by Buddhists all over India, where millions of Dalits continue to be oppressed by caste prejudice. Triratna Buddhists in India recognise Dr Ambedkar as a huge figure, maybe even a Bodhisattva, but many of us in the West are less clear about his significance.

On the anniversary of Ambedkar’s leading half a million of his people out of caste Hinduism and into Buddhism we learn why he still remains such a towering figure. We also aim to celebrate with our Sangha friends and have a great evening!

• More about Dr Ambedkar and Buddhism – pdf format (but it’s a whole book!)
And some videos . . .
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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.

Padmasambhava Festival 2019

An evening dedicated to Padmasambhava, the mystic yogi magician of Tibet, and archetypal figure associated with wisdom, compassion and the transformation of energy.

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.


More about Padmasambhava Festival

Padmasambhava Festival is one of our main Buddhist festivals in the year, and is celebrated in many parts of the world.

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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.

108-Year Puja for Bhante Sangharakshita

Bhante Sangharakshita, our teacher and founder of the Triratna Buddhist Order and Community, was born 94 years ago today, and died on 30th October 2018. Each year, on the anniversary of Bhante’s birth, we celebrate with a special 108 year Puja. Puja means devotional ritual – more about Puja.

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.

About the Puja to Sangharakshita

In a ceremony at the end of the 2003 Combined Order Convention, each Triratna Buddhist Centre received a wooden box containing special items, blessed by Sangharakshita, to be used just once each year on his birthday. This Puja and the special items used within it is a thread of connection between Sangharakshita and his disciples through the years.

Do come along to find out more and take part in this significant ritual to mark our teacher’s birth.


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 2019

At one of our four main festivals of the year, Acharashraddha, Silabodhi and Vishangka lead us in expressing gratitude for the Buddha’s teaching and the impact it has had on our lives. In a festival framed by ritual, we’ll hear from members of our Sangha, who have been touched by particular teachings or Dharma texts.

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?

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.

Handing on the Flame of the Dharma

After his enlightenment, 2,500 years ago, the Buddha began to communicate what he had seen to others. His teachings – the Dharma – have been handed down to us through the ages, like a living flame. Manchester Buddhist Centre is a temple of the Dharma, and people from all walks of life encounter the Buddha’s teachings here.

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Before the Festival

Help us create a special shrine for the day by writing your favourite Dharma text or teaching on paper, rolling it up and making a scroll to place on the shrine. We also invite you to wear something blue to honour the Dharma Jewel.

Dharma Day Programme

Please be here in time for a prompt start in the shrine room at 1.30 pm.

12.30: Shared Lunch Please bring vegan food to share. If it's vegetarian but not vegan, please label it clearly.
1.30: Ritual, with Acharahshraddha reading the Parable of the Rain Cloud, Shakyamuni mantra and Dharma scrolls on shrine
2 pm: Silabodhi introduces the day
2.15: Marcus and Dayanandi talk about their favourite Dharma text
2.50: Tea break or silent time in shrine room
3.20: Kirstine and Dayaka talk about their favourite Dharma text
4 pm: Meditation: visualisation of the Buddha turning the wheel of the Dharma
4.30: Puja led by Vishangka
5.30: 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 2019

Acharashraddha and Vishangka lead our most important festival of the year – a celebration of the Buddha’s enlightenment. This year, we lead up to the festival with a week of optional daily pujas and readings to help us imagine the Buddha – see calendar for details.

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.

Please bring a Buddha Rupa

Together we will create a beautiful shrine. Please bring your own Buddha or Bodhisattva statue, or rupa, to place on the shrine during the ritual, remembering to label it underneath with your name. The collected figures will represent the different qualities of enlightenment – fearlessness, generosity, loving-kindness, wisdom. We also invite you to wear a splash of yellow or gold to mark your connection with the Buddha Jewel.

Programme

Please be here in time for a prompt start in the tea area at 1.30pm, as this is where the ritual will begin

12.30: Shared lunch Please bring vegan food to share. If it's vegetarian but not vegan, please label it clearly.
1.30: Ritual including the Buddha’s life story and mantras.
2.15: Welcome to the day
2.30: Festival talk by Amaradaya
3.30: Tea break or quiet time in the shrine room
4.00: Meditation on the Buddha
4.30: Sevenfold Puja and readings
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.

Imagining the Buddha: Day 5

Acharashraddha and Vishangka offer a week of pujas and readings to help us to connect more with the Buddha and his life. Five daily events and periods of practice lead up to Buddha Day, our most important festival of the year. No need to book or to come to them all – just turn up to as many or as few as you like. Today’s reading will be Pingya’s Praises, followed by a Sevenfold Puja dedicated to Shakyamuni.

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.

Most Worthy of Gifts, Most Mighty of Spirits: Imagining the Buddha

Starting with tales of the Buddha’s previous lives, commonly known as Jataka Tales, we’ll contact the qualities that lead to enlightenment. We’ll then move into a period of praising the Buddha, expressing gratitude for what we have been given. On Buddha Day itself we will hear the story of the Buddha’s quest for enlightenment and his awakening.

He has severed craving and become the Enlightened One,
cleared of all fumes, completely untainted;
Most worthy of gifts, most mighty of spirits,
most perfect of persons, beyond estimation;
The greatest in grandeur, attained the peak of glory:
The Blessed One is he, and I am his disciple.

Upali Sutta
Majjhima Nikaya


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.


Supporting the Buddhist Centre

We rely on the generosity of those who use the Centre to help keep it going, so please join in and give

Imagining the Buddha: Day 4

Acharashraddha and Vishangka offer a week of pujas and readings to help us to connect more with the Buddha and his life. Five daily events and periods of practice lead up to Buddha Day, our most important festival of the year. No need to book or to come to them all – just turn up to as many or as few as you like. Tonight’s reading will be Upali’s Hymn of Praise of the Buddha, followed by a Sevenfold Puja dedicated to Shakyamuni.

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.

Most Worthy of Gifts, Most Mighty of Spirits: Imagining the Buddha

Starting with tales of the Buddha’s previous lives, commonly known as Jataka Tales, we’ll contact the qualities that lead to enlightenment. We’ll then move into a period of praising the Buddha, expressing gratitude for what we have been given. On Buddha Day itself we will hear the story of the Buddha’s quest for enlightenment and his awakening.

He has severed craving and become the Enlightened One,
cleared of all fumes, completely untainted;
Most worthy of gifts, most mighty of spirits,
most perfect of persons, beyond estimation;
The greatest in grandeur, attained the peak of glory:
The Blessed One is he, and I am his disciple.

Upali Sutta
Majjhima Nikaya


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.


Supporting the Buddhist Centre

We rely on the generosity of those who use the Centre to help keep it going, so please join in and give

Imagining the Buddha: Day 3

Acharashraddha and Vishangka offer a week of pujas and readings to help us to connect more with the Buddha and his life. Five daily events and periods of practice lead up to Buddha Day, our most important festival of the year. No need to book or to come to them all – just turn up to as many or as few as you like. Tonight’s session is a little longer, to overlap with the start of study groups. The reading will be a Jataka Tale, followed by a Sevenfold Puja dedicated to Shakyamuni, with a visualisation of the Buddha.

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.

Most Worthy of Gifts, Most Mighty of Spirits: Imagining the Buddha

Starting with tales of the Buddha’s previous lives, commonly known as Jataka Tales, we’ll contact the qualities that lead to enlightenment. We’ll then move into a period of praising the Buddha, expressing gratitude for what we have been given. On Buddha Day itself we will hear the story of the Buddha’s quest for enlightenment and his awakening.

He has severed craving and become the Enlightened One,
cleared of all fumes, completely untainted;
Most worthy of gifts, most mighty of spirits,
most perfect of persons, beyond estimation;
The greatest in grandeur, attained the peak of glory:
The Blessed One is he, and I am his disciple.

Upali Sutta
Majjhima Nikaya


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.


Supporting the Buddhist Centre

We rely on the generosity of those who use the Centre to help keep it going, so please join in and give

Imagining the Buddha: Day 2

Acharashraddha and Vishangka offer a week of pujas and readings to help us to connect more with the Buddha and his life. Five daily events and periods of practice lead up to Buddha Day, our most important festival of the year. No need to come to them all – just turn up to as many or as few as you like. Tonight’s reading will be a Jataka Tale, followed by a Sevenfold Puja dedicated to Shakyamuni.

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.

Most Worthy of Gifts, Most Mighty of Spirits: Imagining the Buddha

Starting with tales of the Buddha’s previous lives, commonly known as Jataka Tales, we’ll contact the qualities that lead to enlightenment. We’ll then move into a period of praising the Buddha, expressing gratitude for what we have been given. On Buddha Day itself we will hear the story of the Buddha’s quest for enlightenment and his awakening.

He has severed craving and become the Enlightened One,
cleared of all fumes, completely untainted;
Most worthy of gifts, most mighty of spirits,
most perfect of persons, beyond estimation;
The greatest in grandeur, attained the peak of glory:
The Blessed One is he, and I am his disciple.

Upali Sutta
Majjhima Nikaya


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.


Supporting the Buddhist Centre

We rely on the generosity of those who use the Centre to help keep it going, so please join in and give