Buddhism & Meditation Areas

Buddhafield Festival 2017 | That’s All Folks!

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

All welcome, of any spiritual path or none. Theatre, talks, workshops, study, storytelling, and a space to meet people and discuss the relevance of the Dharma (the teachings of the Buddha) to our lives and world.

The Programme

Sessions in the Dome and Yome are workshops or groups, ie participative. In the Marquee are talks and theatre performances (plus Kids Meditation and one workshop).

Check at Info Point for last-minute changes.

Buddhafield Festival 2017 – Dharma Parlour:

Thursday

Marquee

9am Kids Meditation Club with Daisy Bruce.
For kids 4 - 12 years, bring your parents to show them how it's done! A great way to start the day with fun breathing, stretching & relaxation exercises.

12am Why Care? Danaraja.
Reflections on "care" as an approach to freedom and love. Being full of care reduces our separation from life and opens us to the joy and mystery of appreciation.

2pm Simple Life, Spacious Heart Sarah Boak, Buddhafield Administrator.
Practical ideas for everyday simplicity, that can open our hearts to a spacious life of beauty, freedom, joy and purpose.

4pm The Self-Perfection Project: exploding the myth.
We spend a lot of time and energy on self-improvement. Does it work? Rev Satyavani Robyn is an author and psychotherapist who runs the Amida Pureland Buddhist temple with her husband Kaspa.

6pm Buddhism and the path of Voluntary Simplicity Lokabandhu.
Drawing on his 5 years of homeless wandering, Lokabandhu argues that spiritual abundance and material simplicity go hand in hand - and that we are already surrounded by everything we need.

 

Dome

8 – 8.50am Embracing Simplicity: led meditation for experienced meditators.

10am Work that Reconnects Marisa, Mel, Sophy and Mich.
A workshop to connect with what we care about and find inspiration to act in our lives and the world. Today’s theme: Resourcing ourselves in gratitude.

12.15am Connecting to the Earth and Living Lightly.
with Caroline Brazier, author of ‘Ecotherapy in Practice: A Buddhist Approach’, and course leader at Tariki Trust.

2.30pm Meditation for Parents Upayavira.
Children of any age welcome. Come meditate with your kids: an approach that is inclusive of them. Learn to include meditation in your daily life as a parent.

9.30pm Candlelit Walking Meditation with the 'Wake Up' community, inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh
Gathering together as dusk falls to weave our way around the festival site. A simple fully embodied practice, cultivating joy in every step.

 

Yome

10am Eight Step Recovery Meeting Rachel, Nic and team.
Come and explore your 11th step, and/or complement your abstinence and sobriety of mind by using the Buddhist teachings. All addictions welcomed.

11.30am Embracing Simplicity: Study of Pali discourses with Dhivan.
On pleasure and happiness.

6.30pm Listening Circle, with Kaspa and Satya, Amida Shu.
A space to be heard with kindness. Come and share what’s in your heart, or sit in silence with others.

Friday

Marquee

9am Kids Meditation Club with Daisy Bruce. See Thurs.

10.15am Simply Listening.
Reflections on Buddhism and psychotherapy with Caroline Brazier, author of ‘Buddhist Psychology’ and course leader at Tariki Trust.

12am What would the Buddha be teaching today? Jayaraja.
It feels as if we are living in dangerous times. How might the Buddha respond?

2pm Untangling the Tangle Karunadhi.
A talk exploring knots and unravelling. See also study sessions in Yome.

4pm Tibet’s non-violent resistance and how it will shape the future.
Eleanor Byrne-Rosengren, Free Tibet Exploring how we respond to Tibet’s peaceful campaign for freedom and how this affects the narrative that we pass on to future generations.

6pm Embracing Complexity Amalasiddhi.
Accepting and embracing the complexity and messiness of being alive is necessary to move to genuine simplicity and freedom.

 

Dome

8 – 8.50am Embracing Simplicity: led meditation for experienced meditators.

10am Work that Reconnects Marisa, Mel, Sophy and Mich.
See Thurs.Today’s theme: Honouring our feelings.

12.15am How the Buddha Taught: Only Connect (1) Sinhaketu.
The importance of the quality of connection in teaching and sharing the Dharma. Sinhaketu distils his Focusing and Non-Violent Communication practice into the Participative Learning and Teaching Model, modelled on how the Buddha taught.

2.30pm Meditation for Parents Upayavira.
See Thurs.

4.30pm Meditation Posture Workshop Nick Brandon, Alexander Technique practitioner.
A workshop for anyone who wants to improve their posture to enhance their meditation practice or for anyone experiencing discomfort and pain in their present meditation posture. 2 hours (15 maximum).

6pm Meditation for Recovery, lead by the Eight Step Recovery team.
No experience of meditation necessary. 1 & 1/2 hours.

 

Yome

10am Eight Step Recovery Meeting Rachel, Nic and team.
See Thurs.

11.30am Embracing Simplicity: Study of Pali discourses with Dhivan.
On the bliss of solitude.

4.15pm Mandalas of Resilience Workshop Amaragita.
Introduction to Buddhist Practice for Teens. Practical workshop exploring how we can develop resilience with skills the Buddha taught.

6.30pm Listening Circle, with Kaspalita and Satyavani.
See Thurs.

Saturday

Marquee

9am Kids Meditation Club with Daisy Bruce.
See Thurs.

10.15am The Buddha on Trump Amaragita and Karunagita.
Following last year’s 'Buddha on Brexit,' this workshop is a radical approach to exploring polarisation and reactivity, and how we can find a place to respond creatively to realities we find unpalatable.

12am Mindfulness as Sacred Simplicity: talk and workshop. Vishvapani.
Mindfulness seems to be popping everywhere: in Vishvapani’s work as a mindfulness teacher, he engages with everyone from prisoners to politicians. But is ‘mindfulness' psychological or spiritual, sacred or secular, Buddhist or universal? How does reducing stress connect with the quest for meaning?

2pm Dead Happy.
A one-man play about life, death and transfiguration. Mild-mannered Funeral Director Francis Putlock has a violent past. Can he discover true equanimity? Written and performed by Vidyadhara (55 mins).

4pm Love, Passion, Art and Beauty in the Spiritual Life Sahajatara.
Sex, drugs, rock’n’roll, lying in the gutter looking at stars, Duende and Celestial Light, Enlightenment for the sake of all that lives.

6pm Never Simple: The Fear of Complexity.
Guhyapati, from the Ecodharma Collective, explores the courage needed to embrace the complex and irreducible nature of this world. There are no simple solutions, he argues, not even simplicity itself!

 

Dome

8 – 8.50am Embracing Simplicity: led meditation for experienced meditators.

10am Work that Reconnects Marisa, Mel, Sophy and Mich.
See Thurs.Today’s theme: Shifting our perspective.

12.15am How the Buddha Taught: Only Connect (2) Sinhaketu. See Friday (each workshop stands alone).

2.30pm Meditation for Parents. Upayavira.
See Thurs.

4.30pm Grace, Gratitude and Acceptance Kaspa.
A workshop exploring how these three are both the gateway to transformation and the gifts of the spiritual path. Kaspa Thompson is a Buddhist priest, psychotherapist and mindfulness teacher.

6pm “Kiss the Earth” A workshop and walking meditation with the Wake Up Community, inspired by Thich Nhat Han.
Walking mindfully, living freely; discovering the wonder of our bodies, the richness of each moment and simple joy of being alive.

 

Yome

10am Eight Step Recovery Meeting Rachel, Nic and team.
See Thurs.

11.30am Embracing Simplicity: Study of Pali discourses with Dhivan.
On friendship.

1.45pm What is EcoDharma? Alex Swain.
Presentation, Q&A.

4.15pm Dharma Study with Karunadhi.
Studying the Buddha’s discourse ‘Untangling the Tangle’. See also talk on Friday (12 max).

6.30pm Listening Circle, with Kaspa and Satya.
See Thurs.

Sunday

Marquee

9am Kids Meditation Club with Daisy Bruce.
See Thurs.

10.15am The Happiest Life. Dhivan.
Exploring spiritual exercises and clear thinking about the best kind of life, via early Greek philosophy and Buddhism.

12am Are Strings Attached?
A one man play about DOG, former graffiti legend and tennis professional, negotiating toxic aspirations, lies, and the true meaning of freedom. Written and performed by Vidyadhara (55 mins).

 

Dome

8 – 8.50am Embracing Simplicity: led meditation for experienced meditators.

10am Work that Reconnects Marisa, Mel, Sophy and Mich.
See Thurs. Today’s theme: Integrating and returning.

12.15am Walking Meditation with the 'Wake Up' community, inspired by Thich Nhat Han.
See “Kiss the Earth” (Saturday).

12.45am Engaged Buddhism: how the Dharma can help us to respond to the challenges of our times. Guhyapati.
From the Ecodharma Collective.

 

Yome

10am Eight Step Recovery Meeting Rachel, Nic and team.
See Thurs.

11.30am Dharma Study with Karunadhi.
Study of the Buddha’s discourse ‘Untangling the Tangle’, see also Sat, different workshop though same text (12 max).

 

1:1 meditation and dharma practice reviews: see sign-up board by the Yome for times.

Under the Dharma Parlour Parasol (in the centre of the area):
Evening hang-out and informal sharing and discussion space, braziers and chai, all welcome. 7.30pm every evening: Fireside storytelling with chai and hot chocolate – bring a mug!

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.