Buddhism / Events

Three Jewels Night

An evening of talks, ritual and the opportunity to connect with sangha friends. Suitable for anyone who is new to ritual, as well as seasoned practitioners. Arrive from 6.30pm for tea and the chance to socialise.

Every Tuesday, 7 – 9pm

By donation

Mantra Club

A new monthly gathering to explore mantra chanting in different ways. There will be:
*opportunity to chant for longer than our pujas usually allow
*an exploration of the musical possibilities of mantra in new ways
*experimentation, whilst aiming to maintain the devotional and meditative nature of mantra

Suitable for those familiar with the Sevenfold Puja

Fridays 7.30 - 9 pm

Sept 27, Oct 25, Nov 22

By donation

CATALYST - Engaging the Heart and the Imagination

In this monthly event we explore the truth of the Dharma through our connections with the Arts and Imagination.

7 - 9pm on Saturdays once a month on the following dates:

Catalyst is taking a summer break. We look forward to seeing you again in September!

Oct 12, Nov 9, Dec 14

Open to all

By donation

Women's Dharma Workshop

The WDW is a creative exploration of the dharma by women at the Norwich Buddhist Centre to deepen our practice and friendships. The group is open to all women who regularly attend the Centre.

15 June: 2 - 4pm 'The Path of the Spiritual Warrioress' - Part silent walk with ritual along part of Boudicca’s Way. With Nicole Bayes and Catherine Ward. Directions: Meet at Iceni Village car park NR14 8QN next to the church (Take 87 Bus from the bus station, ask for Caistor hall bus stop, a 15 min bus ride – get off there for a 5 min walk straight up the hill to the car park). Lifts may be possible. Please book at the Centre.

Saturdays, 10 am for 10.30 am to 12.30 pm

13 July: Walking with Kindness
10 Aug: Spiritual Friendship: Creating and Celebrating
7 Sep: Heartspace - Introduction to Meditation (arrive from 9.45am for 10am -12 pm, £7/£5)
12 Oct: Touch and Creativity Workshop with Shraddhadhi and Melanie
16 Nov: Embodiment and Going Beyond The Body
14 Dec: Practising as a parent

By donation (except September, see above)

See the weekly mailout and Facebook for more details on events


Men's Buddhist Workshop

Monthly Saturday morning sessions open to all men. An opportunity for men to get together and explore and practise meditation and Buddhism. There is no charge for this. By donation.

Last Saturnday of each month
10am - 12.30pm

2019 dates: 25 May, 29 June, 28 Sept, 26 Oct, 30 Nov, 28 Dec

Entering the Realm of Reality - Introduction to the Gandavyuha Sutra

Sun 8 Sep
10am – 4pm

Journey with Sudhana on his spiritual quest and enter Vairocana’s magic tower! Interconnectedness, parallel universes and magical happenings on a vast scale are the flavour of the sutra. The day includes an interactive talk, readings/stores, meditation and puja.

For Mitras and Order Members only

Led by Bodhivajra

£30 / £22

Please bring vegetarian, ideally vegan, lunch to share

Buddhist Centre Open Day

Sat 21 Sept

10am – 4pm

Our centre open day is coming up on Sat 21 Sep and is open to everyone. Bring friends and family to visit the centre and look around. There will be the opportunity to try meditation and yoga classes and listen to talks on Buddhism throughout the day. Not to mention plenty of free tea and cake! A great opportunity to meet practicing Buddhists and ask them those questions you've always wanted to ask!

Free event - drop in anytime between 10 am and 4pm

Touching the Earth, Opening the Heart

Sun 22 Sep

10.30am - 4pm

The Buddha taught that all things are interconnected and that our actions have consequences. We see this when we turn our attention to the ecological and climate crisis of the present day. Turning towards suffering on a planetary scale can be very uncomfortable and overwhelming.

This day will focus on resourcing ourselves so that we can act from a place of connection and compassion and will include meditation, listening and opportunities for cultivating creative responses. And discovering how aspects of the Buddha’s teaching might provide equanimity in the face of overwhelm. After lunch (please bring vegetarian/vegan lunch with you), there will be the option of an outside activity, possibly a street meditation, weather permitting. All welcome. No need to book.

Led by Sarvananda and Marisa

By donation

Join the Green Buddha Facebook group here

Touch & Mindfulness Workshop

Sun 6 Oct

10am - 1pm

An exploration of accessing deeper into the body through led paired touch exercises and short meditations.

Led by Shraddhadhi

£20 / £15

Padmasambhava Day

Sun 13 Oct

10.30am - 4pm

at Norwich Buddhist Centre

Known as Guru Rinpoche, the 8th-century teacher who took Buddhism from India to Tibet is both a historical and a mythic figure. His two main disciples were the Princess Mandarava and the dakini Yeshe Tsogyal. His life story is full of dramatic teachings. Come and learn more about this mysterious figure and enjoy a day of practising with the Sangha.

Please bring vegetarian, ideally vegan, lunch to share

Donations welcome

Weekend with our President Paramabandhu

Fri 25 to Sun 27 Oct

Twice a year Paramabandhu comes to Norwich for a weekend. He’s a senior order member and public preceptor who, as President of our Centre, takes a keen interest in how the Centre is running. He is happy to meet with individuals or group in the sangha who would like a bit of time with him. Paramabandhu usually includes a day retreat or study session as part of his visit.

Contact the centre near the time to book a date with Paramabandhu

Sangha Day

Sun 10 Nov

10.30am - 4pm

at Norwich Buddhist Centre

A celebration of our friendships with each other and our gratitude to the Arya Sangha, those Enlightened practitioners who have trod the path before us. The Buddha said that kalyana mitrata (spiritual friendship) could be seen as the whole of the spiritual life. It’s through our connections with each other that we grow towards wisdom and compassion. Enjoy a day with Sangha friends.

Please bring vegetarian, ideally vegan, lunch to share

Donations welcome