Events

Southsea Sangha is very proud to bring the worlds leading dharma teachers to our corner of the world, many for the first time. Don’t miss out these unique opportunities to explore and deepen your practice with a range of experienced and fantastic teachers!

March 2020

Being in the Stream
An Evening of Practice and Discussion with Bernat Font

Sunday 15th March
6.00pm – 8.00pm
Coastguard Studio, 91 Clarendon Road, Southsea PO4 0SA

Southsea Sangha are very blessed to welcome guest teacher, Bernat Font for his first visit to Southsea, for an evening of dharma, practice and discussion.
This evening will revolve around the notion of commitment.

What inspires us and keeps us going in our path?
What blocks our engagement?

A re-reading of “stream-entry”, an old Buddhist concept referring to the first stage of awakening, allows us to see it not as an attainment to be reached through arduous efforts, but as the ongoing commitment to the dharma that makes progress possible. And in the end, awakening is no different.

To do this, we will explore a little known style of early Buddhist meditation that connects us with our aspirations, with the here and now as the only place where liberation happens, and with the presence of our spiritual friends.

The stream moisturises our path with joy and enthusiasm.

Bernat Font is in teacher training at the Bodhi College, with Stephen Batchelor as his primary mentor. He became fascinated with the dharma in his early teens and has been practising in Europe, India and Myanmar since 2010. He is also pursuing a PhD in Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol. A graduate from the Gaia House Community Dharma Leadership programme, he leads the small community “Sangha Secular” that he founded in his native Barcelona.

What to Bring
We have plenty of cushions and mats and blankets but if you have your own you’d like to bring, please feel free to do so.

Dana
The ticket price reflects the costs of hosting the event.
Bernat has not been paid for the event. To support him in supporting us in our pratcce, we encourage and invite you to practice dana, and offer donations for Bernat’s time and support.

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May 2020

The Silence of the Heart
The Mystery of the Heart with  Dharma Teacher Suvaco

Sunday 10th May
6pm – 8pm
Portsmouth Girls High School. Jr Dept., 36 Kent Road, Portsmouth PO5 3ES

The Heart not only as a physical organ, but as an imaginal and spiritual centre of stillness. Through guided meditation and chanting wee will develop strategies to rest in the open space of the heart and moving towards a clearer recognition of the systemic levels of suffering and look into how Dharma-based perspectives and practices can inform and resource life in these times of great ecological destruction

Suvaco
Suvaco practised as a Buddhist monk for 17 years. He continues his work as a psychotherapist, cranio sacral practitioner and meditation teacher. Currently he divides his time between teaching Dharma, mentoring and environmental activism. He is part of the teaching staff at Gaia house, Devon.

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July 2020

Liberation through Love and Rage: A Weekend Meditation Retreat with Lama Rod Owens (non residential)

Saturday 18th July – Sunday 19th July
9.30am – 4.30pm, daily
Portsmouth Girls High School. Jr Dept., 36 Kent Road, Portsmouth PO5 3ES

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As Audre Lorde has written, there is so much data in our anger. One of the things that we can learn is how to let our anger show us where we have been hurt. We can let this great unveiling happen through the profound practice of radical love.

When we embrace this deep wish to be happy, then we can move into the cultivation of our anger, which can place us into a direct relationship with our rage.

While anger is a reaction in the present moment to something that we have an aversion towards, rage is an intense experience that seems old and ever present. Cultivating our anger and rage through love means that we begin the work of holding space for ourselves to experience the anger and rage and the hurt beneath them. We are learning how to witness and experience not react over and over again.

When we develop his agency, then the energy of our anger and rage can be channeled into helping others instead of hurting others.

In this weekend, non residential retreat we will be moving through mindfulness practice, heart based practices, pranayama (energy breath practice), simple movement practice, as well as Lama Rod’s touching earth practice (Bhumisparsha) and the 7 Homecomings to explore the profound path of liberation through love and rage.

Lama Rod Owens
Lama Rod Owens is an author, activist, and authorized Lama (Buddhist Teacher) in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism and is considered one of the leaders of his generation of Buddhist teachers. He holds a Master of Divinity degree in Buddhist Studies from Harvard Divinity School and is a co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation.

Lama Rod is the co-founder of Bhumisparsha, a Buddhist tantric practice and study community and has been published and featured in several publications including Buddhadharma, Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, and The Harvard Divinity Bulletin, and has offered talks, retreats, and workshops in over 7 countries.

Sept 2020

Undoing Internalised Harm: The Inseparable Fight for Love and Freedom: A Daylong Meditation and Yoga Retreat for Women with Dr Stacie Graham

Sunday 20th September
9.30am – 4.30pm, daily
Portsmouth Girls High School. Jr Dept., 36 Kent Road, Portsmouth PO5 3ES

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Any time we do the work of love, we are doing the work of ending domination.
— Bell Hooks

In mainstream spaces the self is often centred in mindfulness practice. If we only work hard enough on ourselves, we will reap the full rewards of enlightenment. However, as women we are keenly aware of the fact that how we exist and present ourselves is greatly impacted by the environments, in which we move. Further, there is no singular experience that all women share.

The courage we seek to live authentically as our full selves does require us to first turn inward and recognise where we may be holding onto false narratives we picked up on the way. Further, we must acknowledge where we cling to our own socialisation and investments in false narratives about others.

Only then is it possible to take wise action that is in service to the freedom of all women.

On this daylong retreat, Stacie welcomes all women-identified people to take part in practices of movement and stillness to explore courageous love and foster an environment of authentic interaction.

Dr Stacie CC Graham
Dr Stacie CC Graham strives to live her practice through action. As the founder of OYA: Body-Mind-Spirit Retreats, a holistic wellness space, she cultivates community and creates spaces in which underserved and undervalued members of society have an opportunity to simply be. Through workshops, different forms of yoga and movement, mindfulness, meditation and more, community members are offered the tools to heal, to let go and to grow.

Stacie is a certified Hatha yoga teacher. During her yoga teacher training in 2014 she studied Buddhist meditation and philosophy with Ringu Tulku Rinpoche in Sikkim India. She is especially interested in developing intersectional practices, which led her to a masterclass on mindfulness and diversity with Rhonda Magee in 2017. Currently, she is completing a certification with the Mindfulness Training Institute. She has an MSc in economics and a PhD in psychology and works professionally as a management consultant and serial entrepreneur for change.

Nov 2020

The Art of Love: Undoing Patriarchy and Unveiling the Sacred Masculine: A Daylong Meditation Retreat for Men and Masculine Identified Folks with Daniel Sutton-Johanson (assisted by Lee Deveraux)

Sunday 29th November
9.30am – 4.30pm, daily
Portsmouth Girls High School. Jr Dept., 36 Kent Road, Portsmouth PO5 3ES

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Men, in some deep part of themselves, are homesick for the truth.
— Barbara Deming

The loving heart is wild.

It refuses to be contained, shaped and caught by systems of power. It refuses to be limited. Men and masculine identified folk, need to protect their hearts from the untruths we are fed, from childhood, so they can be free.

Many of us walk through the world in constant performance. This performance, for men, is assessed against a set of rigid ‘rules’ which none of us consented to…

…yet here we all are.

In this retreat, participants will engage in meditation, dialogue, sharing and personal storytelling, and ritual to unpack how patriarchy has shaped our expressions of masculinity and the self more generally.

Through a dharmic lens, as a community we will examine our relationship to violence and domination, power, femininity, love and sexuality along a contemplative path to unveiling and honoring non-patriarchal expressions of who we are as human beings.

Beyond conditioning. Beyond fear.

The breaking open of hearts, the deconstruction of a shaming culture where male pain has no voice, where male pain is invisible and has no space to be healed.

This is the work of men acknowledging how hard it is to practice ‘the art of love’ in a patriarchal culture.

On this daylong retreat, Daniel welcomes all male-identified people to collectively illuminate how patriarchal expressions of self create suffering for all of us as we begin to develop a relationship to a more sacred masculinity.

Our hope is that these efforts will not only further our own liberation, but begin to cultivate spiritual and accountable communities and a human world where both the feminine and masculine expressions of ourselves are loved, healed, nurtured and held in a loving balance.

Daniel Sutton-Johanson
Daniel Sutton-Johanson is the founder and community dharma leader of Southsea Sangha, a burgeoning and vibrant urban dharma community on the island city of Portsmouth, est. 2014.

Daniel began dharma practice in 2004 encountering Vipassana at a time of addiction and depression and now practises as a Rogarian Psychotherapist, mindfulness educator with young people, trained by Mindful Schools, and as a mentor for iBme UK.

Daniel is a long term student of Martin Aylward and works closely with Lama Rod Owens, co facilitating and assisting retreats in California and retreats at Gaia House, UK.

He identifies as a queer white cis male and uses he/him/they pronouns.