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Southsea Sangha is a friendly Buddhist meditation community open to all. The Sangha (which means community) focuses on practices around loving kindness; compassionate and wise action; and mindful living. Entirely volunteer-run, it's a non-profit community organisation founded in May 2014. New people are always welcome and are guaranteed a warm reception plus excellent guided meditations. And you don’t have to be a Buddhist to join in either! Simply show up and you might be surprised.
The Sangha is held in a safe and supported space. There's a focus on inclusivity and a desire to remove any barriers to participation - whilst exploring what Buddhist meditations have to offer. If you’re curious about the Dharma (Buddhist teachings on truth) - or just about how to meditate and what that means - then simply head along to this welcoming and open-hearted community where you can explore a life-transforming practice.
Hour-long sessions have an introduction, a half-hour guided meditation and an invitation to chat in small groups about the practice. The monthly two-hour sessions are more in-depth and usually consist of a talk as well as the guided meditation and discussion.
All groups are freely offered and run on Dana (donation basis) so that no one is ever turned away due to lack of funds. The group invites world-renowned teachers from all lineages, from across the globe, to teach in Portsmouth. The teachings are usually based upon, but not exclusive to, Vipassana Meditation of the Theravadan Buddhist Tradition. The community also facilitates weekly sitting groups, day-long retreats, Sangha socials, social action / justice groups, themed workshops, support groups and training workshops. All of these help participants to integrate meditation teachings and mindful practice into their daily lives.
Southsea Sangha seeks to cultivate an awareness and appreciation of the value of diversity, and this includes all of the beautifully rich orientations that create our island city, so that all can feel welcome, seen and heard.
You're invited to visit on Sunday evenings with no booking required. To discover more visit the website: southseasangha.com.