Ongoing Events at the Seattle Buddhist Center

Sangha Night - Current Theme: Triratna's Approach to the Dharma
Sundays, 6pm to 8:15pm

This is our regular weekly meeting when we come together to meditate, listen to and discuss the Dharma and how it applies to our own practice, as well as catching up with each other on what is happening in our lives. All are welcome!

A typical Sangha Night sees us gathering together until around 6:15, when we usually meditate until around 7pm. The period between 7 and 8:15 varies from week to week: we have a devotional practice night and a meditation night once a month as well as a number of Dharma nights which may involve teaching, Q&A time or discussion.

In 2016 we will be exploring the theme of Triratna's distinctive approach to the Dharma, including Nirvana, the Four Noble Truths, Conditionality and Sunyata. We are excited about exploring how Sangharakshita's interpretation of the Dharma makes Triratna unique. The teachings are firmly grounded in the Buddha's teachings with a creative and universal perspective.

For the month of May our Sunday Program is:

5/01 - Meditation
5/08 - Triratna's Approach to the Dharma- Karunadevi will lead a discussion on the topic of the Nidanas
5/15 - Triratna's Approach to the Dharma- Kerstin will continue the top of the Nidanas
5/22 - Buddha Day Arts Festival (2:30pm-5:30pm); Buddha Day Festival Puja (6-8:15pm) - See below for more information on the Arts Festival
5/29 - Triratna's Approach to the Dharma- Manidha will continue the topic of the Nidanas

Donations welcome.

Buddha Day Arts Festival
Sunday, May 22st, 2:30 - 5:30

Who can attend?
Everyone is encouraged to stop by! Artists, friends, relatives, children and neighbors are all welcome.

Who can display?
Anyone within the sangha can show their stuff. Additionally, friends and relatives (including children) are also invited to participate in this way.

How long do I need to stay?
This is a festival, not a retreat, so people can come and go as they please.

Is there a potluck lunch?
No, snacks will be provided throughout the day.

Does the art have to be Buddhist-themed?
No. The purpose of this festival is to share the creative energy of the Spiritual community without pre-conceived constraints.

If you'd like to contribute, please email so we know how many people will be participating.

Saturday Morning Meditation
Saturdays, 8am to 8:40am, ongoing

Drop-in meditation practice, suitable for those who are already familiar with the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana meditations.

Donations welcome.

Thursday Evening Meditation
Thursdays, 5:30pm to 6:15pm, ongoing

Drop-in meditation practice, suitable for those who are already familiar with the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana meditations.

Donations welcome.

Mitra Study
Tuesdays, 7pm to 8:30pm, ongoing

Dharma study for those who have become mitras within the Triratna Buddhist Community.
What is a mitra? More information can be found here.

Festival Days

Four main festival days are celebrated by Buddhists the world over on the full moon days in February, May, July and November. We currently celebrate festival days with a special Friends' Night on the Sunday nearest the full moon.

Parinirvana Day, Full Moon in February
This day marks the anniversary of the Buddha’s death, or Parinirvana, and a time when we think particularly of friends and relatives whom we have lost. Attendees are encouraged to bring pictures and other mementos of those who have recently passed away.

Buddha Day, Full Moon May
The Buddha's Enlightenment is the central event in Buddhism, and Wesak, the celebration of that Enlightenment, is the most important festival of the Buddhist year. Many of the Buddha's disciples also attained Enlightenment, and in the centuries that have followed there have been many other enlightened masters. They too are recalled at Wesak with readings of accounts of their lives or from works they wrote themselves. But Enlightenment is also an ideal to which all Buddhists aspire. So Wesak is a chance to reflect on what that might mean.

Dharma Day, Full Moon in July
Soon after his Enlightenment the Buddha rose from where he had been sitting, went to find his former disciples and shared his experience with them. This event, which happened at a place called Sarnath in northern India, might be called the start of the Buddhist religion and it is this that Dharma Day celebrates. On Dharma day there are often readings from the Buddhist scriptures and a chance to reflect deeply on their contents. Above all, on Dharma day Buddhists feel profoundly grateful that the Buddha and other Enlightened masters did share their teachings with other people.

Sangha Day, Full Moon in November
On Sangha Day Buddhists celebrate both the ideal of creating a spiritual community, and also the actual spiritual community which they are trying to create. Sangha Day is a traditional time for exchange of gifts; it has become a prominent festival among Western Buddhists even though it is little known in the East.

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12056 15th Ave NE
Unit C-2
Seattle, WA 98125

(801) 872-8332