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Sangha Day Festival of Light – From Local to Global

Sat 28th Nov : 7:30 am - 10:00 pm

Golden Lights

Join us as we come together to mark and celebrate the Sangha jewel in our lives. This has been an incredible year – a journey for many of us of both the joy and sorrow of what it means to be truly human in our time. The Sangha – or a community of friends working towards liberation – may for some of us, have shone brightly throughout the year with friendship, connection and understanding.

With Local Friends and Across the World

We’re gathering on the Friday evening and Saturday rather than Sunday this year to celebrate our Sangha jewel. Along with the Buddha and the Dharma, this is one of the three jewels we hold dear in our Buddhist practice. There will be opportunities to join the International Triratna Sangha for Sangha Day talks and practice, and also to connect locally with Manchester Buddhist Centre to mark one of the key Buddhist festivals in the year.

More about Buddhist festivals and ritual here
Watch this video about our 2020 Sangha Day Festival

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.

Sangha Day Festival Programme

Join sessions using the buttons below. The button for international events will take you to the main International Sangha Day Festival page. From there you can choose the session that you’d like to join.

Friday 27th November

7 pm: Local event: Sangha Evening Book Launch with Danapriya  – with different Zoom link to the other local events
9 pm: International event: Opening Ritual and Dedication Ceremony from New Zealand

Saturday 28th November

7.30 am: International event: Meditation: Metta Bhavana, or loving-kindness. Led by Abhayadana, India
9.30 am: Local event: Introduction and welcome to the day, from Silabodhi. Launch of a new video to publicise our beautiful centre made by Sangha member Sara Nesturuk and friends, then an expansive, light-filled loving kindness meditation to set us up for the day
11 am: International event: Blazing like the sun: Short talks from Gunaketu in Oslo and Saddhajala in Krakow, plus multilingual reading from the Itivuttaka
1.30 pm: Local event: Sangha hangout with Vishangka. Remember hanging out on festival days with your Sangha friends in the tea area? Bring a cuppa and a piece of cake as we recreate that space online. We’ll split into small breakout groups and simply catch up with how we’re doing
3 pm: International event: Ritual procession of lights, then stories and poems by Bhante about Sangha. Led by Saddhanandi from Adhisthana, UK
7 pm: Local event: Join Acharashraddha as we end our local celebrations with a special light ritual. Bring a candle and matches!
8pm: International event: Sevenfold Puja and reaffirmation ritual, hosted from Latin America

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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 mostly closed means we have lost much of our income but not much of our costs: we need your help! So if you value our Centre and community, please make a regular or one-off donation here. The usual rates for these classes are


Sat 28th Nov
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Manchester Buddhist Centre
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Manchester, M4 1DZ United Kingdom


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