Welcome to Stockholm Buddhist Centre!
We are a Swedish speaking community that is a part of the international Buddhist movement Triratna Buddhist Community, founded by an Englishman named Sangharakshita. Triratnas objective is to establish, on the basis of Buddhism's fundamental principles, forms of practicing Buddhism that fit today's western people and society.
Below are some of the English-speaking activities we have planned during the year. Observe that some activities requires that you have taken part of an introduction course at our or another Triratna Buddhist Centre.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding our meditation classes, courses, retreats or other activities! See "Kontakta oss" on the bottom of this page.
Drop-in meditation classes
Lunch time - Mondays between 12.00-13.00 (last session before the summer: June 11th)
Evenings - Tuesdays between 18.00-19.15 (last session before the summer: June 12th)
No previous experience needed! The sessions are lead in Swedish or English depending on who is leading.
No fee, but we encourage dana/donations (recommended cost 50 SEK).
Curious about Buddhist meditation? Maybe you want to try before booking on a course or while waiting for your introduction course to start? Or have you done a course with us and want to brush up your memory or just sit together with others?
Then our drop-in meditations are the right thing for you! During these sessions, we give you the basics of a supportive posture for meditation and then lead through one of the two following meditation exercises.
One is called 'mindfulness of breathing' and through awareness of the body and the natural rhythm and sensations of the breathing we can cultivate mindfulness, presence, calm and concentration. The other is called 'metta bhavana' ('cultivation of loving kindness/goodwill') and is an exploration of our emotions towards ourselves and others and an active encouragement of gradually more and more positive and friendly emotions.
We will also leave some time for questions at the end.
Courses and retreats
There ar no introduction courses in English planned during the spring and summer of 2018. These are the English-speaking retreats that will be taking place until September 2018:
Dharmagiri Retreat Centre
Dharmagiri or 'the hill where the Dharma is practiced' is the Retreat Centre belonging to the Triratna sangha in Stockholm. It lies close to the mighty river Dalälven and is surrounded by a peaceful landscape.
How do I get there?
Dharmagiri retreat centre is located about 30 km (20 miles) from the town of Sala. There are trains directly from Stockholm Central (train station) and Arlanda airport to Sala several times per day: sj.se/en/home.html In Sala you'll be picked up by car or travel by bus together with other retreatans.
Dharma Night - Mondays 18.00-20.30 o'clock
Dharma Night is for you who have been coming to the Centre regularly and want to deepen your practice. Dharma Night begins with a collective dinner. The rest of the evening contains meditation, some form of input and sometimes puja (Buddhist ritual).
May 21 - 'The worldy winds' with Taravandana