Buddhism & Meditation Areas

Buddhafield Festival 2018 |

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 2018 – Dharma Parlour:

Talks, workshops, study sessions, meditation and theatre:

  • Parami
  • Vishvapani
  • Yanai Postelnik (Gaia House)
  • Dhivan - Pali sutta study
  • Dead Happy - a one man show (Vidyadhara)
  • Taravandana - workshop and study
  • Suvaco (Gaia House)
  • Rosalie Dores (Relational Mindfulness)
  • Wake Up! Sangha - candlelit walking meditations
  • Debbie Jones - workshop on planning your funeral
  • Ratnadeva - workshops on Buddhism and Paganism
  • Amalasiddhi
  • Taste of Freedom - introduction to Buddhism
  • Eight Step Recovery
  • Work that Reconnects
  • Meditation posture and Alexander Technique
  • Daisy Bruce - Kids Meditation Club
  • Kaspa and Satya, Amida Shu
  • Carunalaka
  • Amaragita and Karunagita
  • Sagaravajra
  • Danaraja
  • Satyadaya
  • Lokabandhu
  • Moksatara
  • Sarah Boak
  • Sanghadhara
  • Eco-Dharma (Drew McCauley)

and others! All welcome, of any faith or none.

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.