Sangha Evening in Deal

Sangha Evening in Deal

Most Wednesdays, 7-9PM, Sholden Village Hall, Deal, CT14 0AH - (please see below for individual event dates)

Our regular Sangha Evenings are held in-person in Deal on Wednesday evenings. (In Buddhism Sangha means ‘community’). 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.

Our Sangha Evenings are suitable for people aged 18+ who know the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana Meditations.

We usually have a lightly led meditation and a talk. Once a month we include a pūjā (ritual). 

There is also a chance each week for a cuppa and a catch up at the break! Drinks and biscuits are provided. 

We announce our weekly events along with our Zoom code (for occasional online weeks) in our regular mailings. 

If you would like to receive our email contact: ekbuddhists@gmail.com

Please also consider following our Triratna East Kent Buddhist Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/148699268982875/

And our Instagram page: @mindmatters.eastkent

Our Future Sangha Evenings:

On the first Wednesday of the month there is no Sangha Evening at Sholden Village Hall - please email ekbuddhists@gmail.com if you wish to organise something, eg a walk (weather permitting), a short meditation on the beach, or a meeting in someone's house etc.

Dates for your diary:

Wednesday 28th February:

An evening of meditation and puja.

Sangharakshita says :”Ritual is an integral part of Buddhism, as it is of all other religions, and an integral part of every school of Buddhism …. we should try to understand ritual and see what it really is.” 

One definition of ritual is  “shared action, expressive of common strivings, rooted in common values”.  Sharing it with others can create a very powerful spiritual atmosphere. It is an expression of devotion and of the parts of us to which myth and symbol speak.

Sangharakshita adds: “Even if we simply offer a few flowers, or light a candle and place it in front of an image or picture, all this has an effect upon the mind, and sometimes we are surprised to find how much effect it does have.”

We look forward to seeing you there.

From Maddava and the team.

How To Join

When meeting online, we use this Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2432431990

Use a PC or Mac

For most modern web browsers, you do not need to download anything. For a better experience you can, before the start time, download the Zoom Desktop Client for Windows, Mac, or Linux. You do not need to create an account or sign in.

A few minutes before we're due to start, either:

  • Click here to join
  • If you have downloaded the app, open it and enter the meeting ID 243-243-1990
  • Go to join.zoom.us and enter the meeting ID 243-243-1990

Use a Mobile or Tablet

Before the start time, download the Zoom Mobile App using one of the links below. You do not need to create an account or sign in.

A few minutes before we're due to start, click here to join or open the app and enter the meeting ID 243-243-1990.

More questions? Get in touch

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

When meeting in person we meet at Sholden Village Hall. One Wednesday per month we meet on Zoom instead of in-person. If you would like to know more about this then please email: ekbuddhists@gmail.com