Sangha Evenings in Canterbury

Sangha Evenings in Canterbury

We usually have 1-2 Sangha Evenings per month at Friends Meeting House 6 The Friars, Canterbury CT1 2AS

For people who want to go a little deeper into meditation and the Dharma we have our Sangha nights, which are largely un-led and a space for people who feel confident meditating to practice together and share how things are going.

We will have a more involved check-in, longer period of meditation and time to share how our practice is going, what effects it’s having on our lives and, perhaps, any difficulty or beauty we are encountering.

More than anything, this will be more time for us to spend together and build a community, or ‘Sangha’! We ask for a donation of £8 (or what you can afford) to help with venue hire. There is usually a card machine available to take payments. We meet 7-8:30pm at The Meeting House, tea and biscuits provided.

Our Next Sangha Events: 

Buddha Day Celebrations | Wednesday 22nd May

2500 years ago the Buddha woke up from the delusion that plagues the world. A delusion that creates all greed and hatred. On the full moon in May we come together as a community to celebrate this great achievement. Known also as Vesak this is a festival that is celebrated all across the Buddhist world. We will be gathering for an evening of food, meditation, talks and ritual around the fire. Celebrating our own journeys together and the growing Sangha in East Kent.

Feel free to arrive anytime from 6.00pm for food, consider bringing something to share with everyone. We will then be starting the night proper at 7.00pm and should be all wrapped up around 9.00pm.

To link to the Buddha's life, spent mostly wandering in the forests, we will be hosting this evening at The Pinetum, an area of protected woodland on the edge of Canterbury. Down the small single track off of the roundabout at the top of St Stephen's Hill.

Come prepared with warm clothes, food to share and incense to burn!

There is a covered area that we will use for the evening but if weather is particularly dire we shall advise an alternative location! Watch out for info closer the time.

Above is a map of how to find the Pinetum. 
Note: people are welcome to park at The Pinetum, however due to limited space, if you feel up to it please consider parking at the university and walking to save space for those who need it. 



Why I'm a Buddhist | Wednesday 29th May

7-8.30PM at the Friends Meeting House, Suggested donation £8

All that might seem well and good but what does it mean for actual people!? Following from 'Why Buddhism Now' hear from three members of the Canterbury Buddhist Group team about what Buddhism means to them and why it has been so important. Rachel, Tom and Val will be giving short talks about how Buddhist practice has shaped and changed their lives. This will be sure to be a beautiful evening with a period meditation and space for tea and a chat afterwards. 

Kit   Led by Kit
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Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I need to have been coming?

The class is best suited for those who are familiar with the two meditation practices we teach (Mindfulness of Breathing and Mettā Bhāvanā) and are able to comfortably meditate for around 40 minutes with minimal instruction.

Do I need to book?

No, just turn up!

What is pūjā?

A pūjā is a traditional Buddhist ritual that includes chanting and making offerings.

If coming on a pūjā night and you have not done it before, please let the class leader know so they can give an introduction.

How much does the class cost?

There is a suggested donation of £8 per person to help us cover our running costs.

What does 'Sangha' mean?

The word Sangha means 'to bring together' into a group and is the general word for 'community' in both Pali and Sanskrit. In Buddhism it is primarily used to refer to the Buddhist community.

Where to Find Us

Join us at: Friends Meeting House 6 The Friars, Canterbury CT1 2AS