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Building our Practice Community
Continuing the sangha we started in January 2022, this year we will also invite you to come and join us via Zoom for half an hour on the new and full moon of each month.
Inspired by the ancient tradition of observance of the Uposatha days, these gatherings offer an opportunity to support and encourage one another in renewing our commitment to practice.
We’ll lead a simple forgiveness meditation and take the refuges and precepts in the traditional way, have a brief sit, share another reflection, and dedicate the blessings of our practice
The sangha started with an Introduction to Uposatha Sangha gathering on Sunday 2 January 2022 (the new moon). We introduced the texts and practices, and had some time to meet, meditate and reflect together on our relationship to tradition, and to ritual, and how to make use of these times together.
To access an audio recording of this session, please click here.
Here you can also download the text used during the ceremony here.
Once you have registered for the Uposatha Sangha you will receive a link which works for all sessions.
There is no need to attend regularly or let us know whether or not you are coming each time: you can just turn up whenever you are able to join us and either or two of us will be there.
We look forward to seeing you and to supporting our practice together!
Our meetings will be at 7-7.30pm GMT/8-8.30pm CET (BST (British Summer Time) from 5th April to 28th October included). Dates will follow the lunar calendar so the day of the week will vary: please see the list of dates and times until December 2023 below.
Full and new moon dates for 2023
6th January 2023 Full
21st January 2023 New
5th February 2023 Full
20th February 2023 New
7th March 2023 Full
21st March 2023 New
5th April 2023 Full
19th April 2023 New
5th May 2023 Full
19th May 2023 New
3rd June 2023 Full
17th June 2023 New
3rd July 2023 Full
17th July 2023 New
1st August 2023 Full
16th August 2023 New
30th August 2023 Full
14th September 2023 New
29th September 2023 Full
14th October 2023 New
28th October 2023 Full
13th November 2023 New
27th November 2023 Full
12th December 2023 New
26th December 2023 Full
Open to all - new and experienced practitioners alike
These gatherings are being offered freely, but for those who wish there will be an opportunity to offer Dana.
JAYA RUDGARD began meditating in the 1980s and practised for eight years as a nun in the Thai Forest tradition in England with Ven. Ajahn Sumedho as her teacher. She is a graduate of the Insight Meditation Society/Spirit Rock Teacher Training and teaches Insight Meditation and mindfulness in the UK and internationally. Jaya is a qualified yoga teacher and a certified Holden Qigong instructor.
YUKA NAKAMURA has practised Buddhist meditation in different traditions since 1993, has a PhD in Developmental Psychology and is a certified MBSR-teacher. Trained as a Buddhist meditation teacher by Fred von Allmen she teaches meditation at Beatenberg (Switzerland), Gaia House (UK), Insight Meditation Society (Barre, MA) and other places. Yuka offers MBSR-courses and MBI-trainings at the CFM Zentrum für Achtsamkeit (CH).
CHRIS CULLEN has practised and studied the Buddha's teachings since 1994 and has been teaching Insight Meditation retreats since 2010. He is also on the teaching team of the University of Oxford’s Mindfulness Centre, teaching Buddhist Psychology on the Masters course in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and running the mindfulness programme in the UK Parliament. He has a psychotherapy practice in Oxford.