During the pandemic, while it is safe to do so, we are running a reduced online program only.
As a peer-led, open access community, Southsea Sangha embraces all people regardless of age, race, class, culture, nationality, ethnic origin, religious/spiritual background, gender identity, sexual or affectional orientation, marital status, family structure, social identity, physical ability or appearance, mental health, and educational or socioeconomic status.
As such, we strive to speak to each other in a compassionate way using wise speech and communication, avoiding hate-speech, intimidation, and violence of any kind. If you seek refuge in our community, we hope you feel welcome and safe
Dana (What Do the Groups Cost?)
No advanced booking is needed for any of our regular groups. All our groups are open access, which means you can just show up and sit! All our groups are run on a Dana basis.
We welcome dana (generosity/donations) at the end of each group, to keep our community growing. If you feel supported by what our community offers you, please support us. Many people have asked what to give to support us within the context of our overheads and growing costs. We kindly suggest £5 – £10 as appropriate.
No-one is ever turned away for a lack of funds.
What is Dana?
This is not a common practice in the west, but we are continuing this radical tradition of Dana, or generosity, in our community. Dana, translated from Pali, points towards the act of giving or simply generosity, and is a cornerstone teaching within the Buddhist tradition and a personal 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. The generosity of our community in supporting us, allows us to make the teachings of the Buddha available to all who are interested.
On behalf of the whole team at Sangha, we thank you for your generosity and your help in carrying on this radical and heart-centric tradition.
A Community Led Guided Meditation
Dharma Den is our regular, open space to meditate and meet others from the sangha. A great way to connect and sustain your individual dharma practice. Each week is facilitated by Sangha Volunteers, offering guided meditations and an opportunity to practice together and discuss your practice with others in your community.
This group is suitable for all levels of experience. Perfect for beginners or those just curious.
When: Every Tuesday Online
Time: 6pm – 7pm
Where: Zoom (please register here to receive details)
An Online Meditation Space for Men and Masculine Identified Folk
This new online meditation space will meet monthly, on the 1st Monday of every month. You can register to join and get updates on the group here.
This new online meditation space will meet monthly, on the 1st Monday of every month and we are pleased to be launching this new group with a special evening with our good friend Lama Rod Owens.
Who is it for?
This group is for all cis, trans, gender queer and non binary masculine identified folks. With an awareness of the many ways gender can take shape, our focus is on examining our relationship to masculinity beyond toxic and patriarchal models.”
What is it?
This meditation space is born out of seeking connection, love and care beyond the dominant culture’s definition of what it means to identify with masculinity.
We need to reclaim our sense of self from the patriarchal model which we know, which we’ve been taught, and which we practice and participate in.
We need to reclaim ourselves from patriarchy.
This new space is somewhere we can cultivate a love around bodies and people identified with masculinity, where everyone has a voice and place to get involved, to unpack how patriarchy has shaped our expressions of masculinity and the self more generally.
It is a meditation space which is fed and co-created by all its participants and community.
This group will, through a dharmic lens, hold space for and celebrate the many expressions of ourselves through gender and sexuality, and examine together our relationship to themes such as violence and domination, power, femininity, love & sexuality, with the intention to unveil and honour the non-patriarchal expressions of who we are, as human beings.
When: First Monday of Every Month
Time: 7pm – 8.30pm UK, (2pm – 3.30pm EST, 11am – 12.30pm PST)
Where: Zoom (click here to register and sign up to our mailing list via our homepage)