Bodhi Tree Brighton is a charity that has its roots in the teachings of the Buddha and we are committed to supporting Buddhist practices and teachings.
We run drop-in groups and one-day and weekend events where you can learn meditation and explore various aspects of meditation practice. Coming to a group or day retreat also offers you the opportunity to meet other people practicing meditation and build supportive spiritual community. Most people find it quite difficult to maintain a practice by themselves, no matter how good the intentions!
Christmas breaks for the groups will be as follows:
Open Group not meeting on the 23rd or 30th December, first one of 2015 will be 6th January with Malcolm.
Forest Sangha group not meeting on the 24th or 30th December, first one of 2015 will be 7th January.
LGBT group not meeting Christmas Day otherwise continuing as normal.
Awakened Heart Sangha last meeting of 2014 on the 27th December, first one of 2015 will be 17th January.
The Open Group, Forest Sangha group and LGBT group meet at the Anahata Health Clinic, 119-120 Edward Street, Brighton, BN2 0JL. Awakened Heart Sangha will be at Studio iO from January, see below for details.
We also invite Buddhist teachers to facilitate both one-day and weekend meditation retreats at venues in the Brighton and Hove area. Click on the Events bar on the left hand side for further details about each event.
Bodhi Tree Brighton does not have a fixed charge for its regular groups or events. We are committed to the principle of Dana, the Pali word for generosity, or giving, dating back to the days of the Buddha. This, and the retreat income, is our only source of funding so we are totaly dependant on the generosity of those who come to our events to make it possible for us to continue offering them. None of the committee are paid for their work.
Evening Drop In Groups
We run a range of meditation groups from different Buddhist traditions, to which all are welcome, from beginners to experienced practitioners, people from any faith or none. We offer instructions at all groups.
Schedule of Groups
The 3 groups below meet at Anahata, 119-120 Edward Street, Brighton, BN2 0JL.
Tuesdays 8-9.30: Open meditation session. This group is not affiliated to any particular Buddhist tradition but is a simple space for meditation and discussion. Contact: Jiva 07717718385 or Alan 07966046524
Wednesdays 7.30-9.30: Forest Sangha Group. Drawing inspiration from the Thai Forest Theravadin Buddhist tradition, based in Chithurst Buddhist Monastery and Amaravati Buddhist Monastery. Sessions generally consist of a short opening chant, followed by meditation and discussion. We sometimes have visitors from the monastic community. Contact: Frances 07752426591. Frances would appreciate some help with running this group so if you have some experience with the Forest Sangha tradition, please call her.
2nd and 4th Thursday 5.30-7pm: LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender) group. A welcoming space in which to share meditation practice and explore teachings from different traditions. Contact: Sheila 07789861367
Alternate Saturdays: Awakened Heart Sangha Meditation Group
We offer meditation teaching and exploration of how meditation and awareness can manifest in our everyday life. This group is based on Lama Shenpen's Awakened Heart Sangha`s foundation course, 'Discovering the Heart of Buddhism' (http://www.ahs.org.uk/ ). Lama Shenpen is founder of the Awakened Heart Sangha approach. Her approach to meditation is based in the Tibetan Mahamudra and Dzogchen traditions, adapted to be accessible to students in the west.
The group meets from 11:00 to 13:00.
December 27th venue to be announced - please contact Ian on firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
All sessions at Studio iO at 3 Queen's Place, Brighton, BN1 4JY from 11 am to 1 pm
January 17th & 31st
February 14th & 28th
March 14th & 28th
April - no meeting (we’re away)
May 9th & 23rd
June 6th & 20th