Lam Rim Bristol Buddhist Centre

Patron: Ganden Tripa Kyabje Rizong Rinpoche
(Spiritual Director: Ven. Geshé Damchö Yönten passed away on 26 August 2017)

Summer 2019 Programme

Buddhist teachings are traditionally given freely, but the Centre relies on voluntary support. If you wish to contribute, suitable donations are: evening/day classes £3.50/£1.50 waged/unwaged; weekend courses suggested donations per day £10 waged. At weekends, a light lunch is normally available but you are welcome to bring your own food.

We are no longer printing the programme, so downloadable versions of programme are no longer available. Please check this website from time to time for updates on the programme.

Monday Evenings

Basic Meditation

29 April - 29 July, 7.30 - 9.00pm (Please note change of time)

Drop-in meditation classes. Simple guided meditations to develop a peaceful mind and a happy heart. Suitable for all. Please ensure that you arrive by 7:20 as we start promptly.

Wednesday Evenings

Silent Sitting Meditation

1 May - 31 July, 7.30 - 8.15pm

A silent, unguided sitting meditation of about 45 minutes. Suitable for those with prior experience. These sessions may not always go ahead, so please check with mike@lamrim.org.uk to avoid disappointment. Please ensure that you arrive by 7:20 as we start promptly.

Thursday Evenings

A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life

2 May - 1 August, 7.30 - 9.00pm

Shantideva's Bodhicaryavatara serves both as a guide to practice and as an expression of the aspiration to benefit all sentient beings. Written in the early eighth century, Shantideva's observations and advice can be as helpful today as they were then. Selected readings from his text will be followed with a short discourse, reflection and discussion. Suitable for all.

Weekends

We continue with weekend courses offered by Jamyang Bath at the Lam Rim Bristol Centre. We have three courses during this programme so far:

Everyday Buddhism
An Introduction to Buddhist ideas, meditation and practices

Led by Lynne Knight and Sandra Whilding

Sundays 19th May and 16th June, 10:30am - 4:30pm

Buddhism has at its heart a very positive view of humanity, and what is possible for us and the world. It is also a very practical religion, giving step-by-step guidance on how to live a more heartfelt and meaningful life, leading to our own and others’ happiness and well-being. And you don’t have to be a Buddhist to take something of immense value into your life.
Come along if you are at all interested in how or whether the ideas and practices taught two and a half thousand years ago, and refined over the millennia can bring a positive change to your life.
The course is designed to build up a complete picture over the two Sundays, so it is best if you can commit to the whole thing – but if life intervenes, don’t let that put you off attending when you can.
No booking required - just drop in. More details here.

Emptiness/Selflessness
Reasons to be Cheerful - The Interdependent Nature of Reality

Led by Martin Kerrigan and Sara Szwer

Sunday 7 July, 10:30am - 4:30pm

All the problems and difficulties that we face in our daily lives are, from a Buddhist point of view, rooted in a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of reality. Things appear to exist more solidly, permanently and independently of each other than is actually the case. This fundamental misunderstanding gives rise to all the other afflictive states of mind that cause us problems. The main antidote to this is the 'Wisdom of Emptiness', which helps us appreciate a world filled with a wondrous interdependence that extends to our own mind and awareness.
During this module we will be exploring (through presentation, discussion and meditation) different philosophical approaches to emptiness/selflessness and how we can apply these practically to reduce problems in the here and now, as well as leading us towards eventual liberation and enlightenment.
No booking required - just drop in. More details here.

Tsog Days

The following are Tsog Days during this programme:

The following are Festival Days: