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This group is for anyone interested in Buddhism or anyone simply wishing to try out Buddhist meditation in a relaxed and friendly setting. Sessions are led by experienced meditators who give an introduction to tranquillity meditation to help develop a calm and peaceful state of mind. This meditation technique is common to all Buddhist schools and our particular transmission is from the Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism. For those who would also like to find out more about Buddhist ideas and beliefs, our Discover Buddhism classes combine tranquillity meditation with a talk on a key topic. After each class, there is also time to ask questions and talk to fellow meditators. Every session is open to all and no booking is required.

More info on Sakya Buddhist Centre and Dechen (http://www.sakyabristol.org)

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IN PERSON - Discover Buddhism on Saturday mornings

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We're back at the Centre!

If you'd like to come to the Centre, you would be most welcome.

These Saturday sessions include talks and reflection on the above Buddhist ideas as well as tranquillity meditation (with full instructions). They last about an hour and all are welcome (recommended age is 12 and up if you're wanting to bring along the family!).

There is no charge for these sessions but we do encourage donations, which help us to maintain the Sakya Buddhist Centre and its activities. A suggested amount is £5 (£3) but it's entirely up to you. You can donate here: http://www.sakyabristol.org/donations/
The 20 topics in full:

The life of the Buddha
The Four Noble Truths (1 and 2 )
The Four Noble Truths (3 and 4)
The Four Thoughts: Precious human birth
The Four Thoughts: Impermanence
The Four Thoughts: Karma and rebirth
The Four Thoughts: The wheel of life
The Four Thoughts: Suffering
Taking refuge
The teacher and lineage
The three vehicles of practice
Loving-kindness and compassion
Bodhicitta and the bodhisattva
The Six Perfections - Giving
The Six Perfections - Moral discipline
The Six Perfections - Patience
The Six Perfections - Effort
The Six Perfections - Meditation
The Six Perfections - Wisdom
Dedication of merit

Resources to support the talks: https://www.sakyabristol.org/whats-on/bristol-buddhist-meditation-classes/discover-buddhism-videos-for-meditation-and-reflection/

IN PERSON - Discover Buddhism on Tuesday evenings

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These meetings are intended to be suitable for both those who have no experience in Buddhism or meditation as much as those with experience but want to ask more questions.

Each session lasts an hour and includes 20 minutes of meditation with explanation, and a 15 to 20 minute talk on Buddhism. Sessions are led by experienced students of Lama Jampa Thaye.

There is no charge for these sessions but we do encourage donations, which help us to maintain the Sakya Centre and its activities. You can donate here: http://www.sakyabristol.org/donations/ or at the centre via QR code or cash.

You do not need to bring anything with you. There are cushions to sit on or chairs if you prefer. Please arrive in time to be ready to start at 8pm. We have a shop from which we can recommend suitable books for your study and reflection. Refreshments are available afterwards if you would like to stay and chat a while.

We're located at the top of St Andrews Park at 121 Sommerville Road, and the door is on Wathen Road.

For more information on Sakya Buddhist Centre, visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SakyaBuddhismBristol/, visit www.sakyabristol.org or email us at [masked]

IN PERSON - Discover Buddhism on Tuesday evenings

Needs a location

These meetings are intended to be suitable for both those who have no experience in Buddhism or meditation as much as those with experience but want to ask more questions.

Each session lasts an hour and includes 20 minutes of meditation with explanation, and a 15 to 20 minute talk on Buddhism. Sessions are led by experienced students of Lama Jampa Thaye.

There is no charge for these sessions but we do encourage donations, which help us to maintain the Sakya Centre and its activities. You can donate here: http://www.sakyabristol.org/donations/ or at the centre via QR code or cash.

You do not need to bring anything with you. There are cushions to sit on or chairs if you prefer. Please arrive in time to be ready to start at 8pm. We have a shop from which we can recommend suitable books for your study and reflection. Refreshments are available afterwards if you would like to stay and chat a while.

We're located at the top of St Andrews Park at 121 Sommerville Road, and the door is on Wathen Road.

For more information on Sakya Buddhist Centre, visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SakyaBuddhismBristol/, visit www.sakyabristol.org or email us at [masked]

IN PERSON - Simply meditation on Wednesday mornings

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Photo: c. Molly van der Weij

Our minds are often like the rush of a river; never still but focusing on the past or speculating about the future.

On Wednesdays, we practice tranquillity or shamatha meditation, to start training the mind to let go of its restless wanderings and rest in the present. With practice, this means we can take this mindfulness into our day-to-day lives and start to be more skilful in our encounters with others.

Each class includes instructions on the meditation and is followed by refreshments and conversation. All are welcome to come along including children aged 12+ where accompanied by an adult. No experience is necessary; you can come to as many sessions as you wish and join at any time.

There is no charge for these sessions but we do encourage donations, which help us to maintain the Sakya Buddhist Centre and its activities. A suggested amount is £5 (£3) but it's entirely up to you. You can donate here: http://www.sakyabristol.org/donations/.

We're continuing to follow the government guidelines for places of worship during the Covid-19 pandemic - you can refer to them here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-during-the-pandemic-from-4-july/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-from-2-december

If you would like further info on the measures in place, please contact me. Note, at the present time, it is a legal requirement to wear face masks in places of worship.

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