Year’s End

We are finishing the year on the 16th December (as the arts centre will be closed over the holiday period). There will be meditation as usual, but to celebrate seven years of the group (and just because we can) there will be a ‘cultural evening‘ with songs, poems and other contributions. So please come along, […]


Graduations, funerals, weddings, birthday parties… even in a largely secular society rituals abound. Over the next few weeks we will look at how ritually using gesture, speech and imagination can be a powerful transformational tool.


I had a day out in London today. I visited the William Blake exhibition at Tate Britain. Well worth a look if you like Blake or are intrigued about one of the most talked about artists within the Triratna community. The other exhibition I saw was simply called ‘Buddhism’ and is the one that Mandy […]

Building the Pure-land

Pure-lands appear in Mahayana Buddhist texts. They are ideal worlds created by compassionate beings where the conditions for being transformed by the Dharma are excellent. In the class on Monday nights (starting on the 14th October) we will look at: how they are created famous examples in texts and art how these myths can animate […]

Celebrating Padmasambhava

On Monday 7th October we are celebrating the life and teaching of the precious guru of Uddiyana. Come and enjoy an evening of story, ritual and readings. His smile welcoming smile pacifies and gladdens, and his fierce eyes challenge us to transform. All (who dare) are welcome.


This is to let you know, with sadness, of the death of Urgyen Sangharakshita founder of the Triratna Buddhist Community (of which the Hornchurch Buddhist Group is a part). He died today, 30th October 2018, at approximately 10 am in Hereford Hospital. He had been diagnosed with pneumonia and  sepsis. Please send him your metta.   For […]