Ongoing Events at the Seattle Buddhist Center

Sangha Night - Current Theme: The Distinctive Emphases of Triratna
Sundays, 6pm to 8:15pm

This is our regular weekly meeting when we come together to meditate, listen to and discuss the Dharma and how it applies to our own practice, as well as catching up with each other on what is happening in our lives. All are welcome!

A typical Sangha Night sees us gathering together until around 6:15, when we usually meditate until around 7pm. The period between 7 and 8:15 varies from week to week: we have a devotional practice night and a meditation night once a month as well as a number of Dharma nights which may involve teaching, Q&A time or discussion.

For the month of October our Sunday Program is:

10/01 - No Sangha Night
10/08 - Puja, led by Dan
10/15 - Meditation, led by Neil
10/22 - Dharma discussion - Team-Based Right Livelihood
10/29 - Dharma discussion - Team-Based Right Livelihood, led by Taraprabha

Donations welcome.

Body Meditation Workshop - Led by Kerstin
Sunday, August 27th, 9:00am - 1:00pm

Enrich your meditation practice with a focus on your experience of the body and body sensations. Reconnect with your whole unit (mind/body), gaining the experiential quality of being embodied. Even, or maybe especially, if you have trouble finding the sensation in the body that matches what is going on in your mind, this workshop will help. There will be some talk, a few exercises, led meditations, and the ability to share your experience with others and hear what others experience.

This workshop will be useful for anyone who has at least some experience with meditation. Suggested donation: $30, Everyone is welcome, regardless of ability to pay. No registration required.

Training in Compassion - Led by Dhammarati
Wednesday, September 27th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Buddhist practice is a training, to gradually encourage and establish new ways of seeing, thinking, feeling and acting that are in line with our deepest experience. The Tibetian tradition advises us to "train with slogans."

We'll look at one of the most succinct and profound of these slogans, the Eight Verses for Training the Mind, which spells out in practical detail how deep compassion expresses itself in our life and relationships. Donations Accepted. No registration required.

Dhammarati joined the Triratna Buddhist Order in 1976. Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, he currently lives at Adhisthana in England where Sangharakshita also resides. He is a renowned teacher, facilitator and leader in the greater Triratna Buddhist Community as well as internationally. He is the President of the Seattle Center and visits annually to share his teachings, leadership and friendship.

Money Awakening Workshop - Led by Amalavajra
Wednesday, October 4th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Is your yearning for a more vivid life and better world frustrated by money – its seeming scarcity, complexity, even shadiness? Money Awakening applies Tritatna's five-stage system of Dharma practice to reveal and integrate our early conditioning, help shed old and limiting beliefs, and free us and our money to become a force for good.

If you want to be more confident and successful with money, then this workshop is for you. Donations Accepted. No registration required.

Amalavajra is a former investment banker and is now fundraising for Triratna through the FutureDharma Fund.

Day Retreat - Fidelity to the Ungraspable: The archetype of the Buddha - Led by Lokeshvara
Saturday, October 7th, 10:00am - 4:00pm

The archetypal story of the Buddha gives us a gateway to the beyond, and a glimpse of ourselves at the end of the path. But Enlightenment is beyond all concepts. How then to honor a goal, that by definition, cannot be grasped hold of, and stay honoring it when things get difficult? Or simply to stay true to it year after year?

One person describes Going for Refuge to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha as the only 'completely resolvable myth' known to humankind.Find out what what on earth this might mean - through meditation, reflection and discussion on how the mythic dimension manifests in our own lives.

Vegetarian pot luck lunch Suggested donation: $40, Everyone is welcome, regardless of ability to pay. No registration required.

Lokeshvara lives at Adhisthana in the UK and is the International Order Convenor. He is trained in international relations and conflict prevention and has worked full time in Triratna for most of the last 20 years.

Saturday Morning Meditation
Saturdays, 8am to 8:40am, ongoing

Drop-in meditation practice, suitable for those who are already familiar with the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana meditations.

Donations welcome.

Mitra Study
Tuesdays, 7pm to 8:30pm, ongoing

Dharma study for those who have become mitras within the Triratna Buddhist Community.
What is a mitra? More information can be found here.

Festival Days

Four main festival days are celebrated by Buddhists the world over on the full moon days in February, May, July and November. We currently celebrate festival days with a special Friends' Night on the Sunday nearest the full moon.

Parinirvana Day, Full Moon in February
This day marks the anniversary of the Buddha’s death, or Parinirvana, and a time when we think particularly of friends and relatives whom we have lost. Attendees are encouraged to bring pictures and other mementos of those who have recently passed away.

Buddha Day, Full Moon May
The Buddha's Enlightenment is the central event in Buddhism, and Wesak, the celebration of that Enlightenment, is the most important festival of the Buddhist year. Many of the Buddha's disciples also attained Enlightenment, and in the centuries that have followed there have been many other enlightened masters. They too are recalled at Wesak with readings of accounts of their lives or from works they wrote themselves. But Enlightenment is also an ideal to which all Buddhists aspire. So Wesak is a chance to reflect on what that might mean.

Dharma Day, Full Moon in July
Soon after his Enlightenment the Buddha rose from where he had been sitting, went to find his former disciples and shared his experience with them. This event, which happened at a place called Sarnath in northern India, might be called the start of the Buddhist religion and it is this that Dharma Day celebrates. On Dharma day there are often readings from the Buddhist scriptures and a chance to reflect deeply on their contents. Above all, on Dharma day Buddhists feel profoundly grateful that the Buddha and other Enlightened masters did share their teachings with other people.

Sangha Day, Full Moon in November
On Sangha Day Buddhists celebrate both the ideal of creating a spiritual community, and also the actual spiritual community which they are trying to create. Sangha Day is a traditional time for exchange of gifts; it has become a prominent festival among Western Buddhists even though it is little known in the East.

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12056 15th Ave NE
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Seattle, WA 98125

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