Southsea Sangha is an open access, peer-led Buddhist meditation group built on a desire to always nurture community and connection. As such, it's committed to creating a truly inclusive Sangha, welcoming people from all social identities, including all ethnicities, classes, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, abilities and cultures.
You don't need to be Buddhist to meditate or just hang out at Sangha!
Dharma talks and meditation instructions are shared each week and held within an open and relaxed setting which supports gentle inquiry and development of meditation and personal practice.
Southsea Sangha was founded by volunteer meditation teacher Daniel Sutton-Johanson and Yoga Teacher Lucy Barlow. Daniel has been practicing Buddhist meditation for around a decade and benefited from teachings and retreats from teachers across the world, from Gaia House in Newton Abbot to Monastic retreats in India. As the new generation of Buddhist practitioners and contemplative activists begins to grow globally, and with the support of his teachers from the Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society in Los Angeles and Martin Aylward at Moulin de Chaves in France, Daniel hopes Southsea Sangha can be part of this new wave of meditators.
The aim is to create and sustain communities of healthy, accountable, wise and compassionate people from every walk of life.
Southsea Sangha believes the path of awakening and benefits from meditation should be available to all, and strives to create a safe environment for everyone, whether visiting regularly to practice or are popping along out of simple curiosity. It follows a no-nonsense approach to the radical teachings of the Buddha, exploring the meditative disciplines of compassion, wisdom, kindness, generosity and humility in going against the stream. Southsea Sangha is run entirely on Dana and is part of the Rebel Dharma UK & IRE network.
Dana, translated from Pali, points towards the act of giving or simply generosity, and is a cornerstone teaching within the Buddhist tradition and a practice in of itself.
In the act of giving, we develop our ability to let go of our craving or clinging tendencies, cultivate a spirit of caring and the quality of open handedness, helping us to acknowledge the inter-connectedness that we all share. As such, classes at Southsea Sangha do not come with a cost. There is no correct sum to give and no one is ever turned away from classes due to lack of funds. Offering of Dana is an opportunity for practice, so any money given is a personal decision. Donations made do make an invaluable contribution to the running of the group and towards the purchase of shared resources such as cushions & zafus etc.
The weekly groups do not require advance booking. Bookings only apply when there is a visiting dharma teacher event.
The generosity of the Sangha (community) in supporting the centre and those who visit, allows the group to make meditation teachings freely available to all those who are interested, while regularly supporting local homeless and rape crisis charities with any surplus funds.
Map & Directions
* Dharma Den, 6-7pm, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sunday of every month.
Meditate and Destroy, 6-8pm, last Sunday of every month.