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Online Sangha Evening: Dharma Practice and Race, it’s Not Too Late!

Fri 7th Aug : 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm

Suryaka and Ratnasagara

Fostering a More Diverse Sangha

How could we work together to bring about positive change in our own Buddhist community in Manchester, so that more BAME / BIPOC people (Black, Asian and Minority Ethic / Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) can feel welcome and at home in our Sangha? And how can we help foster a more diverse Sangha together for the future?

That’s a question that has been raised in our Buddhist movement over many years, but we have never collectively attempted to address it. It’s not too late !

This evening, Ratnasagara and Suryaka will share some reflections and show a clip from a recent conversation between Suryagupta and Subhuti – A way forward, race, bias and freedom. Do watch the full conversation before the evening if you can. We will have the opportunity to share our own thoughts and reflections in small led groups too, including the option of a group led by Ratnasagara for people of colour.

About our Sangha Evenings

At our new fortnightly Sangha evening, Centre regulars get together for talks, discussion and friendship. No need to book, just turn up a few minutes before we start. Each Sangha evening will vary, but there will usually be short talks and discussion, often in small groups, with a short break around the mid-point and a closing ritual.

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.

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While the Centre is closed by the coronavirus pandemic, we're running many events online through Zoom.
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About Ratnasagara and Suryaka

Ratnasagara has been ordained 32 Years. Originally coming across the Dharma in India, he was chair of Bhaja Retreat Centre and part of the ordination team in India. He came to the Uk in 1996 and helped initiate the first people of colour events and retreats at the London Buddhist Centre. He has also worked for Windhorse / Evolution Buddhist business, and as receptionist at Manchester Buddhist Centre. He lives with his wife and two children in Manchester.

Suryaka has been ordained fifteen years and has worked for many years in team-based right livelihood including fourteen years at Manchester Buddhist Centre, many of these as the Centre manager. She co-leads the regular Tools for Living your Life drop-in class and, along with Varasakhi, has recently initiated a Dharma practice and race group at the Centre. She is trained in restorative practice and volunteers for Greater Manchester Restorative Justice.

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.


Fri 7th Aug
7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
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Manchester Buddhist Centre
16-20 Turner Street
Manchester, M4 1DZ United Kingdom
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