Sunday Sangha Meetings
Sunday 14th January – St Margaret’s Institute 30 Polstead Rd, Oxford OX2 6TN
Sunday 4th February – Florence Park Community Centre, Cornwallis Road, Oxford OX4 3NH
Sunday 18th March – Florence Park Community Centre (led by Jaya Rudgard)
Sunday 15th April – Florence Park Community Centre
Sunday 13th May – Florence Park Community Centre
Sunday 24th June – St Margaret’s Institute
11am to 2pm
Please aim to arrive between 11am and 11.15am if possible. If you arrive before that, you may wait in the lobby or outside.
Entrance fee: £5 (£3 concessions)
Sangha is the Pali word for community. These meetings will be an opportunity to practise together, to discuss the teachings of the Buddha, to eat together and to get to know each other. Please bring vegetarian food to share. Family members, including children, are welcome to join us, either for the whole session or for the lunch only. The sessions will be suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators.
The meetings will consist of a practice session usually comprising meditation, a recorded talk and a discussion. Lunch will start at 1pm.
The practice session will begin at 11.15. If you arrive after the meditation has started, we ask you to sit on one of the chairs at the back of the room, to avoid disturbing the meditation. You can come forward when it’s finished.
At 12.50, partners and children can come into the hall and join us for lunch.
Most of these meetings will be peer-led and will make use of recorded talks given by experienced Dharma teachers.
We have decided, for the time being at least, to hold most of our meetings at the Florence Park Community Centre, though we will have two summer meetings (June and July) at St Margaret’s Institute.
This was quite a difficult decision to make, as we know that some of you have a strong preference for one of these venues and find the other inconvenient and difficult to get to. We decided on Florence Park because it will accommodate a larger number of people. We considered having the meetings for half the year in one venue and those for the other half in the other venue but thought that the venues themselves might not be happy with this arrangement and that if another group came along that wanted to use the venue all year round, we might lose our chance to keep it.
St Margaret’s is near Port Meadow, and we are thinking of organising some walks on the meadow after the June and/or July meetings. Further details will be available nearer the time.
Please feel free to give us feedback on the venues and on this decision