"Waking up is not a selfish pursuit of happiness, it's a revolutionary stance from the inside out, for the benefit of all beings...the truth is, going against the internal stream of ignorance is way more rebellious than trying to start some sort of cultural revolution" - Noah Levine
Southsea Sangha is an open access, peer led Buddhist meditation group, inspired and influenced by our friends at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society (founded by Noah Levine, author of Dharma Punx).
WHO WE ARE:
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, expanding to a more diverse community, interested in the Dharma and willing to flex their contemplative fitness.
WHAT DO WE DO:
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.
We wish to create and sustain communities of healthy, accountable, wise and compassionate people from every walk of life. We believe that the path of awakening and benefits from meditation should be available to all and we strive to create a safe environment for all who come to practice or are simply curious. We aim to support those wishing to explore this radical meditative discipline 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.
WHAT IS DANA:
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.
HOW MUCH ARE CLASSES:
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: what you give is a personal decision. Donations make an invaluable contribution to the running of the group and towards the purchase of shared resources such as cushions & Zafus etc.
The generosity of our Sangha (community) in supporting the center and those who visit, allows us to make meditation teachings, freely available to all those who are interested while regularly supporting local homeless and rape crisis charities with our surplus funds.
ALL ARE WELCOME:
We welcome people from all racial, economic, sexual, social, political and religious backgrounds and preferences and wish to create a safe and supported environment for all who come to practice or are simply curious about meditation. You don't need to be a Buddhist to meditate or just to come hang with us at Sangha :)
♥ with Metta ♥