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Special Events

Festivals

A group is united by its lowest common denominator, a spiritual community by its highest common factor. - Sangharakshita


Special Events Buddhism Days Buddhism Courses  Buddhism Classes

Festivals are an opportunity for everyone to come together as a spiritual community and celebrate. Theses special occasions give us the chance to focus on the most importnat issues in life; love, death, enlightenment, truth & transformation.

 

Dec 31

New Year’s Eve & All Night Sit

Meditation and mindfulness through the night. See the New Year in with others in an atmosphere of contemplation, turning towards what is most meaningful and vital.
Jan 05

Film Night

Kaos (1984). Comic, tragic and visually sumptuous, this vivid evocation of the 19th Century Sicily of Pirandello’s short stories is one of the celebrated Taviani brothers’ finest films.
Jan 13

Parent drop-in Dharma

A class to give parents, non-parents and prospective parents the opportunity to practise together.
Jan 20

Open Day

On these stimulating and lively days, you can get a sense of what goes on at the London Buddhist Centre. Find out about Buddhism, learn to meditate or try a taster session in Breathing Space.
Jan 21

Mandala Evening: Shining the Infinite Light of Wisdom

The social and political landscape is changing. Societies are, on the one hand, fragmenting whilst, on the other, unifying within a growing culture of consumerism and individualism. How can we create a community that is unified and diverse, exemplifying real values and being a force for good in the world? Join our Chair, Suryagupta, for her keynote talk to launch the year, concluding with a puja to mark the full moon.
Feb 09

Film Night

The Hunt (2013) is gripping and dramatic in the best sense. Tensions build in a small Danish community as a lie spins out of control with devastating consequences for one man (played magnificently by Mads Mikkelsen).
Feb 24

Parinirvana Day

This key Buddhist festival marks the final passing of the Buddha two and a half millennia ago. It is an opportunity to not just to reflect on impermanence, but also to rejoice in the example of the Buddha’s life and in the precious opportunity our own lives present us with. This year we will also reflect on the recent death of our own founder and teacher, Urgyen Sangharakshita.
Mar 09

Film Night

Pina (2011). The sudden death of the innovative choreographer Pina Bausch during the making of Wim Wenders’ film of her work turned this beautiful documentary into a deeply poignant cinematic epitaph.
Mar 30

Film Night

Love and Friendship (2016). Perhaps no film highlights Jane Austen’s wit with such flair as this adaptation of Lady Susan; charming, outrageous, often hilarious and beautifully played by an excellent cast.
Apr 19

Full Moon Puja

In coming together for a ritual on the full moon of each month, we are joining Buddhists across the world in a tradition that goes back to the Buddha himself.