Leicester Sangha is part of the Community of Interbeing, rooted in the zen Buddhist tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. We follow Plum Village practice.
The sangha meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month and anyone is welcome to come along. The evening begins informally at 7.30pm for a cup of tea, ready to start promptly at 8pm. We aim to finish at 9.30pm. Practice follows a regular pattern of sitting meditation, walking meditation, a reading and Dharma sharing, which is an opportunity to benefit from each other’s insights and experience. Currently, meetings are held in members’ homes and we alternate between venues in Leicester Forest East and Wigston.
We also meet for Mindful Mornings on the second Saturday of most months (with a summer break) in the Library of the Quaker Meeting House, Leicester. (See Events)
Throughout the year there are opportunities to join other sanghas from the East Midlands for Days of Mindfulness. These are held on Sundays in the Village Hall in Normanton-on-Soar, near Loughborough. Everyone is invited to make a contribution towards the hire of the hall and we all bring vegetarian food to share for lunch. A highlight of these days is the walking meditation which we practice in the beautiful countryside surrounding the village. (See Events)
We value the flexibility and openness of our sangha. Every meeting is open to all, regardless of experience or affiliation. We welcome people from all traditions, including non-Buddhist ones, in a spirit of true friendship.