Our 2020 Programme
Sundeep introduces the Ideas behind the Year’s Events
Well here we are at the start of 2020 already, and looking forward to the year ahead. For many of us, we’ll have already booked our retreats, times away and may be wondering what is happening here at the Centre. Well, the team began giving shape to our programme back in August 2019, and although it’s taken a while to get out to you, here are some of 2020’s highlights.
Many of you will know that this is my first year as Programme Manager, and it’s been an interesting time planning for the year ahead. The planning phase – developing themes, inviting teachers and trialling new ideas – all take time, so it can feel like a long time from the idea stage to confirming dates, times and teachers.
Movement and Stillness
The balance – between ensuring newcomers are welcomed with a range of introductory courses and follow-on events, along with wanting to retain a thread of deepening practice amongst the Sangha and remaining responsive – is not always an easy one to accomplish. It is subjective, often compromising and at times challenging.
During the process in the team, I often found myself excited and drawn to innovation, new ways to help present the Dharma as relevant, radical and transformative for newcomers, along with an enduring, steadfast appeal for calm and space. Movement and Stillness – these words kept coming back to me over and over. So for 2020, I thought I’d frame the programme within these two reference points – Movement and Stillness.
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Movement – or engagement, innovation, action – is represented by our two new Dharma Life courses – running for six weeks at a time – one aimed at those 25 and under, and the other for thirty and under. As part of a Triratna-wide initiative to engage a younger audience, I’m hopeful that these new approaches, along with our 25 and under discounted pricing will encourage a new generation of Dharma-farers over the years.
Again with movement, or innovation, we are also trialling a new time for our popular Buddhism Foundation courses for newcomers. We generally run six rounds of newcomers courses in a year, usually on a Tuesday evening. Next year, we will run two of these as a four-week course on Saturday afternoons. This may attract new people – those who can’t do weekdays, or Tuesdays, along with reaching new audiences – people who just come into the city centre at weekends – and may lead to seeing other ways that we can do things differently. As someone who likes to test things out before launching into something new, I’m excited to see how these develop.
Stillness – or tranquillity, calm, space – is represented by a series of weekends over the year with notable meditation teachers including Tejapushpa on 7 – 8th March; Tejananda on 27 – 28th June; Paramananda on 19 – 20th September; and Vajradevi on 17 – 18th October. As any of you who have been on one of their events or retreats will know, these will be weekends to pencil in our diaries. We are hugely fortunate to be able to welcome them to deliver a weekend of practice with us as a Sangha.
This year will also see the return of Jayachitta’s Dancing the Unknown on 21st – 22nd November.
And Finally . . . Our 2020 Retreats
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I’m interested to hear and learn what you think about how we plan, arrange and schedule our events. So if you have any thoughts or would like to be involved in helping to support our events, email me, firstname.lastname@example.org
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