Bridport Buddhist Meditation welcomes you to our community!

If we have to cancel a session due to bad weather we shall do so in this space by 9.00 am on the Saturday morning. 


Mitra Ceremony

10th November

Our next session will include the usual meditation practice and this will be followed by a ceremony in which Jem will become a mitra. In this beautiful ceremony Jem will make three offerings to the shrine - a stick of incense, a flower and a candle.

These three offerings have a traditional significance: the incense symbolises the effects of an ethical life, which spreads out from the practitioner to influence all those around them and the world at large, the flower symbolises beauty and impermanence, and finally the candle symbolises wisdom. So the ceremony is a public declaration of our intention to practise as a Buddhist in the context of the Triratna Buddhist Community.
                             

DAY RETREAT

Buddha Day Celebration

This day celebrated the Buddha gaining enlightenment approximately 2559 years ago. We met  at Bothenhampton Village Hall on Sunday 22nd May from 10.30 until 4.30. Members of the Sangha came from Newton Abbott, Teignmouth, Exeter, Wellington, Sidmouth, Axminster, Bridport, Dorchester, and Portland. The photograph below shows the shrine which was designed and assembled by Sarah and her crew. We all felt as though we were in a forest.


During the day we listened to the life story of the Buddha up to his enlightenment. After  each section we then spent some time reflecting on our own personal experience of each of the stages. For instance, our birth, our upbringing, what we have moved away from and the good qualities that we already have they we can develop further.


We practised the Mindfulness of Breathing and also the Metta Bhavana and also did the seven-fold Puja. We listened to a talk given by Vidyadasi on some of her personal reflections on how it is ones attitude to life that one must change.


People brought along some food to share at lunch time and the result was a veritable feast. All in all it seems like a good time was had by all.

 

Introduction

Welcome to the Bridport Triratna Buddhist Group. We are accessible from East Devon, West Dorset and South Somerset. We are a friendly and welcoming group which has been meeting since 2008. The group is run on a drop-in basis and so no experience is needed in order to attend.

The sessions are structured so that new-comers will be given any instructions that they need. The main practices that we teach are called the Mindfulness of Breathing and the Metta Bhavana.

 

When?

We meet on Saturday mornings every two weeks. Each session usually lasts from 10.30 until 12.30.

The dates for our meetings are:


3rd September

17th September

1st October

15th October

29th October

12th November

26th November

10th December

2017

7th January

We aim to continue after this but the dates are not yet fixed.

Where?

We meet in the village hall on the Main street of Bothenhampton which is about a 20 minute walk from the centre of Bridport. Bothenhampton is just off the A35 between the bottom of West street and Grove nurseries. The post code is DT6 4BP. The hall is easy to find, quiet and also warm. There is a map in the contacts section.

 

Who is it for?

The group is run on a drop-in basis with no previous experience needed. Experienced meditators are also welcome.

 

What do we do?

Each session usually consists of two meditation sits, a brief talk (with some discussion) and there always a tea break.

 

What do I need?

We do provide some meditation stools and mats for use during the sessions and chairs are also available but if you already have your own meditation gear it is a good idea to bring it. Loose and comfortable clothing is also advisable.

 

Who leads the group?

The group is led by Alayasri and Suddhacitta who are members of the Triratna Buddhist Order. Alayasri also runs a group in Axminster and you can access that site through this link http://axminsterbuddhistmeditation.yolasite.com

 

What will it cost?

The group is run on a dana or donation basis so participants can contribute what they feel is appropriate.

 

How do I get in touch?

You can contact Alayasri and Suddhacitta using  Contact us  heading at the top of this page.

You can find out more about the Triratna Buddhist Group on the menu at the top of this page and at  www.thebuddhistcentre.com


Alayasri 

Suddhacitta 

Village Hall Main Street, Bothenhampton, Bridport

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