Buddhism & Meditation Areas

Buddhafield Festival 2017 |

Two men seated in meditation facing a shrine with Tibetan-style iconography.

Afternoon sit in the Meditation Space | Image © Charlotte Baxter 2012

I value the connection with Buddhists from other traditions and the opportunity to attend workshops that explore the challenges facing Buddhists in the west.

Buddhism: The Dharma Parlour

Talks, workshops, study sessions and a space to meet people and discuss the relevance of the Dharma (Buddhist teachings) to the burning issues in our lives and the world.

The Programme

Without the Buddha and his teachings there would not be a Buddhafield Festival, and there certainly would not be a Dharma Parlour. But what exactly did the Buddha have to say and how do his teachings apply to us, in our time with its highly demanding conditions? The Dharma Parlour aims to offer answers to these questions in the context of a lively, varied and abundant programme of talks and events by experienced teachers from the Triratna Buddhist Order and other traditions.

Some of the feast of delights on offer in the Dharma Parlour in 2017:

Vidyadhara - two theatre shows, ‘Dead Happy’, and ‘Are Strings Attached?’

Vishvapani - wonderful intelligent talks.

Tenzin Shenyen - inspiring Tibetan Liverpudlian monk - see last year on Youtube.

Sahajatara - see her blazing talk from last year on Youtube.

Karunadhi - from the women’s ordination retreat centre at Tiratanaloka.

Sinhaketu - workshops on how to teach, emulating how the Buddha taught.

Dhivan - wonderful Pali sutta study.

Meditation Space

Come and learn to meditate! It could just change your life. Meditation can help us relax and unwind, but it is much more than this: it can lead to radical transformation of our whole being and of our world.

Through increasing awareness of what is really going on in our minds, meditation brings insight into what truly matters to us. We also become far more aware of, and engaged with, the world around us: other people, the environment, and ultimately, the nature of reality itself. Through meditation we can come to know more and more deeply that we are not separate but interconnected with all life.

Following the success our much loved Pujas, we will be extending our tent this year. We are also very much hoping to have a large Stupa as part of the Meditation Space, which has been made by the team. A stupa is a symbol of enlightenment and also the 6 Elements. These holy monuments are the oldest and most widespread forms of Buddhist architecture and were designed to be deeply symbolic, using sacred geometry in order to contain Buddhist relics of great teachers, and other holy objects.

Main Shrine Space

Early morning: 7.30 and 8.20am: Open meditation sessions (no teaching, just bells) with a chance to sit on afterwards until 9.45am.
Late morning sessions: 10am, 11.15am, 12.30am. Teaching sessions for Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana (loving kindness meditation).
Mid-afternoon: 4.30pm. Meditation workshop to help deepen your practice, suitable both for beginners and those with more experience.

Walking Meditation

Afternoons. (See notice board for times and places).

Small Meditation Space (near the Dharma Parlour)

Open space to meditate and do your own practice (no teaching).

Devotional Practice

Buddhafield pujas are renowned!

Rituals

Please come to the rituals in the Ritual Space, next to the Dharma Parlour, Owl Field. They are a chance for us to all come together as one big community, to explore the festival theme and express our shared values.

  • Opening Ceremony, Wednesday, (see the Notice Boards at Info Point)
  • Saturday Night Ritual (see the Notice Boards at Info Point)
  • Closing Ceremony, Sunday, (see the Notice Boards at Info Point)

During some of the rituals we’ll use mantras. A mantra is a chant which is a meditation in sound, expressing a particular spiritual quality.