Uposatha Sangha

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Building our Practice Community

Beginning in January 2022, we are happy to 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!

Event Details

Schedule:

Our meetings will be at 7-7.30pm GMT/8-8.30pm CET. Dates will follow the lunar calendar so the day of the week will vary: please see the list of dates and times up till June 2022 below.

Full moon: Monday 17th January 2022

New moon: Tuesday 1st February 2022

Full moon: Wednesday 16th February 2022

New moon: Wednesday 2nd March 2022

Full moon: Friday 18th March 2022

New moon: Friday 1st April 2022

Full moon: Saturday 16th April 2022

New moon Saturday 30th April 2022

Full moon: Monday 16th May 2022

New moon: Monday 30th May 2022

Full moon: Tuesday 14th June 2022

New moon: Wednesday 29th June 2022

Suitability:

Open to all - new and experienced practitioners alike

Cost:

These gatherings are being offered freely, but for those who wish there will be an opportunity to offer Dana.

 

Teachers:

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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 CullenCHRIS 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.