Regular classes and one-off events

Seven Weeks to Enlightenment - Week Five, Under the Goatherd's Banyan Tree

Seven Weeks to Enlightenment - Week Five, Under the Goatherd's Banyan Tree

Wednesday 8th May - 7.00 pm to 9.15 pm

In this series we're joining the Buddha as he moves from his initial Awakening towards full and perfect Enlightenment. The Buddha is continuing to experience the deep bliss of Awakening in the shade of a large banyan tree when he is disturbed by someone who barges in on him - the first person he has encountered since Enlightenment. He is an arrogant Brahmin called Uhungajataka and, as a Brahmin he insists that he is superior to all others. The Buddha however takes issue with this.

All over 18 welcome. Newcomers are also very welcome too. No need to book, just turn up.

Seven Weeks to Enlightenment - Week Six, Under the Mucalinda Tree

Seven Weeks to Enlightenment - Week Six, Under the Mucalinda Tree

Wednesday 15th May - 7.00 pm to 9.15 pm

In this series we're joining the Buddha as he moves from his initial Awakening towards full and perfect Enlightenment. The Buddha has moved again and is is sitting under the 'Mucalinda Tree' when a great storm arises. The Buddha is going to get soaked and become very cold. But a great Naga or serpent called Mucalinda lives in the tree and comes down to the ground and winds his coils around the Buddha seven times opening his (cobra-like) hood above the Buddha's head, keeping him warm and dry. And, after 7 days, the rain stops and the Naga transforms into a beautiful young man who bows to the Buddha.

All over 18 welcome. Newcomers are also very welcome too. No need to book, just turn up.

Seven Weeks to Enlightenment - Week Seven, Under the Rajayatana Tree

Seven Weeks to Enlightenment - Week Seven, Under the Rajayatana Tree

Wednesday 22nd May - 7.00 pm to 9.15 pm

In this series we're joining the Buddha as he moves from his initial Awakening towards full and perfect Enlightenment. The Buddha is now fully enlightened, all that remains is for him to go out into the world and teach the Dharma. He is preparing himself to leave and deciding where to go when two passing merchants chance upon him. The experience of seeing him stops them in their tracks. They are deeply moved by the blissful state which radiates from him. Both suddenly feel full of deep devotion and feel the need to make an offering of rice and honey - the first ever offering. At this, the earth shakes and the Four Great Kings appear, concerned that the Buddha has no bowl with which to receive the rice.

All over 18 welcome. Newcomers are also very welcome too. No need to book, just turn up.

Saying Goodbye and Rejoicing in  Amalasara's Merits

Saying Goodbye and Rejoicing in Amalasara's Merits

Wednesday 29 May 7pm – 9:15pm

Amalasara was one of the founder members of the York Buddhist Group back in 2017 when we first started and has worked tirelessly over the years to build what is now the York Buddhist Centre. She has been a member of the Centre Team, our Safeguarding Officer, a trustee and our first Mitra Convenor. She also became one of York's first new Order members when she got ordained, along with Maitrikirana, in July 2022.

This evening is a thank-you to Amalasara for all that she has done for us in York and a celebration of a Dharmacarini who has devoted so much time and energy to the well-being of the sangha in York. Do come and join us on this special evening.

Living the Perfect Life - Exploring the Bodhisattva Ideal

Living the Perfect Life - Exploring the Bodhisattva Ideal

Wed Evenings from 5th June to 10th July - 7.00pm to 9.15pm

The Bodhisattva Ideal is the practice of a Bodhisattva - someone who is practising not for themselves alone but for the benefit of all beings. It is a vow to free all sentient beings from suffering, without exception. This can seem like an impossible task in today’s world, yet the very practice of such a profound ideal can also lift us out of our mundane world, give us a sense of purpose, transform us, and, ultimately, enable us to reach our potential as human beings.

These classes are suitable for everyone over 18 whether Buddhists or complete newcomers. Join us this June to see how we can live an ideal life in the real world and how can we be happy and yet at the same time be responsive to the suffering of others?

Going Deeper - What does it mean to become a mitra?

Going Deeper - What does it mean to become a mitra?

Sunday 9 June 10am – 1pm

This morning, led by Shakyapada, is an opportunity to consider taking your practice deeper by becoming a mitra.

We'll be looking at what is involved and what it means to become a mitra: how you ask to be a mitra, the three undertakings, the ceremony itself, where you need to be in your practice, and how becoming a mitra opens up the door to three further years of the mitra study course and other special retreats at Triratna retreat centres.

All over 18 welcome. Booking is essential. (There is no booking fee)

We also run classes in Scarborough

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