Welcome to the Triratna Buddhist Centre Amsterdam!

Are you looking for a meaningful life and meaningful connections with other people? Meditation and practicing Buddhist principles can help you to realize this. It creates a better mental state, a clear mind and, as a consequence, a more meaningful life.

Who we are

The Boeddhistisch Centrum Amsterdam is part of the international Triratna Buddhist Order and community. https://thebuddhistcentre.com/

The centre in Amsterdam organizes activities around meditation and Buddhist teachings for both experienced and inexperienced meditators. All our regular classes are in Dutch, but you are very welcome to join us at the following activities if you have some experience in meditation:

Early bird meditation:

Content:
A good start of the day! We meditate together and have a cup of tea or coffee afterwards for those who want to. There is no meditation instruction, just our little tinkling meditation bell. You can also join us for just a single meditation.

Time:
Every Tuesday 7.30-8.15 and 8.30-9.15 hrs.
Every Friday 8.30-9.15 and 9.30-10.15 hrs.

Location : BCA (WG Terrain) Marius van Bouwdijk Bastiaansestraat 56 Amsterdam

Costs: dana/donation

Information: info@bcatriratna.nl

Wednesday 30 October: Remembrance of Urgyen Sangharakhita

A year has passed since Bhante, Urgyen Sangharakshita died. This will be remembered worldwide in Triratna and of course also in the Amsterdam Buddhist Centre. We’ll be doing this in the following way:

19:00 Door open

19:30 Start Opportunity to share something about your personal connection with Bhante/Urgyen Sangharakshita: memories; anecdotes; Dharma taught by him; effect on you, etcetera.

20:00 Meditation – metta bhavana 20:30 Threefold Puja with poems and mantras Bhante requested the following mantra’s to be recited after his death: Shakyamuni, Green Tara, Manjushri, Amitabha and Padmasambhava

Bring your favourite text or poem, written by Bhante, so it can be read out in the puja, or look it up at the start of the evening in the library at the Centre.

Who can help make tea and help to make sure the Centre looks all nice again after the event?

The evening will be led by Gunabhadri

Urban Retreat: Tales of Freedom
Sun 10 – Sat 16 November

Being on retreat in the city and also getting on with your normal activities during the day. It is a unique opportunity to deepen your practice, to experience the effects of regular meditation, and to explore how you can experience freedom in everyday life.

We start on Sangha Day (Sunday, November 10) and from Monday to Friday we meditate in the morning and in the evening. You’re very welcome to join us for supper. The theme is: Tales of Freedom. The urban retreat will end with a meditation morning in silence on Saturday, November 17. Subsequently you can join us for lunch, so we can exchange our experiences.
You are welcome for the whole week or parts of it. If you would like to know more about it or if you want to join us, please e-mail viryamani@sitatara.net

With Viryamani, Mokshagandhi and Parina

Programme Urban Retreat 10-16 November

You’re free to choose which activities you attend: that might be everything or 1 or
  more mornings/evenings
If you’d like to join us for supper, please let us know

Sun 10 November:

11.00 – 17.00 hrs Sangha day  (English translation possible)
  (door open 10.30 hrs 3 entry moments:
  11.00 hrs Mitra-ceremony Gerda Blees
  13.00 hrs Lunch (Please bring something to share)
  14.00 – 17.00 hrs Introduction Tales of Freedom
  Walk
  Meditation & Reflection

Mon 11 november:

*7.30 – 8.15 hrs Meditation (1 or both)
  * 8.30 – 9.15 hrs Meditation (1 or both)
  * 18.30 hrs Supper (please let us know if you want to join)
  19.30 – 21.00 hrs Tale of Freedom, meditation & ritual

Tue 12 november: 

* 7.30 – 8.15 hrs Meditation (1 or both)
  * 8.30 – 9.15 hrs Meditation (1 or both)
  * 18.30 hrs Supper (please let us know if you want to join)
  * 19.30 – 21.30 hrs Full Moon evening with Dhammamegha:
  a sutra about Freedom (English spoken)

Wed 13 november:

* 7.30 – 8.15 hrs Meditation (1 or both)
  * 8.30 – 9.15 hrs Meditation (1 or both)
  * 18.30 hrs Supper (please let us know if you want to join)
  19.30 – 21.00 hrs Tale of Freedom, meditation & ritual

Thu 14 november:

* 7.30 – 8.15 hrs Meditation (1 or both)
  * 8.30 – 9.15 hrs Meditation (1 or both)
  * 18.30 hrs Supper (please let us know if you want to join)
  19.30 – 21.45 hrs Sangha night with a Film about Freedom

Fri 15 november:

* 7.30 – 8.15 hrs Meditation (1, 2 or all of them)
  * 8.30 – 9.15 hrs Meditation (1, 2 or all of them)
  * 9.30 – 10.15 hrs Meditation (1, 2 or all of them)
* 18.30 hrs Supper (please let us know if you want to join)
  19.30 – 21.00 hrs Tale of Freedom, meditation & ritual

Sat 16 november:           

* 10.30 – 13.00 hrs (door open 10.00 hrs) Intensive meditation morning in
  silence with poetry
* 13.00 – 14.00 hrs Closing Ritual & Lunch (bring something to share)

*These activities are easy to follow if you don’t speak Dutch.  The Tales of Freedom will also be available in English on paper, plus the main themes will be translated into English.

Location:         BCA, Marius van Bouwdijk Bastiaansestraat 56 Amsterdam
Costs:               Dana (Buddhist principle of generosity)
Register:         Not necessary, only for supper
Info/questions:      info@bcatriratna.nl (Viryamani)

Full Moon evening

Content:
Dhammamegha is an order member who lives in London. On this full moon evening she will explore a Pali Sutta with us: the Attandanda Sutta. And of course we will meditate and perform a puja, a Buddhist ritual.
Before this evening you’re welcome to join us for a simple meal at 6 pm.

Time: Tuesday November 12: 7.30 pm – 10 pm

Location : BCA (WG Terrain) Marius van Bouwdijk Bastiaansestraat 56 Amsterdam

Costs: dana / donation

Information: info@bcatriratna.nl

Young Buddhist retreat (35 years or younger)

Content:
Akasajyoti from the UK is coming to Amsterdam to lead a retreat in the city.
Check our website around november or contact us for more information.

Time:
Saturday November 23: 12 pm – 10 pm
Sunday November 24: 10 am – 4 pm

Location: BCA (WG Terrain) Marius van Bouwdijk Bastiaansestraat 56 Amsterdam

Costs: ????

Information: info@bcatriratna.nl

Conversations with an order member about your meditation practice /
any questions you have about Buddhist principles
.

Content:
We might not have many activities in English but it’s always possible to talk with an order member about your meditation practice, or about Buddhist principles. Email us if you like to meet one of us: info@bcatriratna.nl

Location : BCA (WG Terrain) Marius van Bouwdijk Bastiaansestraat 56 Amsterdam

Costs: dana / donation

Study groups

Content:
We organize several study groups on various Buddhist themes in Dutch.
If you have been coming to our center for a while and you want to delve deeper into the dharma, please let us know. If there is sufficient interest, we will start a new study group (in English ). You can also email us about this: info@bcatriratna.nl

Sangha walks

Content:
Sangha walks are organized by Guido, once in every 6 weeks. Guido sets out for us an adventurous walk of approximately 14 kilometer each time, for people who have an affinity with the Triratna movement. It is a relaxed way to solidify our connections with each other and enjoy nature. During the walk there is always a period in which we walk in meditative silence. The points of departure are always easily accessible by public transport from Amsterdam and are free of charge. Please email us if you want to join one of the walks.

Details about the walks can be found in the agenda.

In general

If you want more information, you can contact us by phone, e-mail (info@bcatriratna.nl) or in person in our centre. Visit us (see for our programme and opening hours this website) or fill in our contact form; if you do the latter, we will contact you.
For more information about the Buddhist movement Triratna see:
https://thebuddhistcentre.com/text/what-triratna-buddhist-community