Oxford Young Buddhists
One Friday each month
Who are we?
We are a community of people aged 18 to 30 who want to explore the teachings of the Buddha for life in our modern world. We aim to embody a new way of living and relating to each other. With shared practices and ideals, we hope to become both more individual and also the nucleus of a new society that ultimately benefits everyone.
We meet monthly (at our Sub30s Nights) to connect, transform our perspective, and form friendships with other young people who share our vision. We also meet up socially and for community action days, so feel free to join at any events that interest you. There’s no need to book, and no prior experience needed - just turn up. And while we ask for a donation to cover our costs, we don’t charge for any of our events.
Our current theme is the reactive and creative mind: how can we consistently act from our best in all the areas of our lives - communication, encountering suffering, tech, and balancing the many demands on us - rather than falling back on predictable reactions?
These nights are held at:
Peace House, 19 Paradise St, Oxford, OX1 1LD
- 6:15 Doors open- There will be some members of the team at the entrance to Peace House on Paradise Street, who will welcome you and show you around.
- 6:30 Talk will be given on the week’s theme. This will be followed by some discussion in groups, based on the talk we just heard.
- 7:30 Tea break (chats + yummy cake/ biscuits)
- 8:00 Guided Meditation of approximately 20 minutes
- 8:20 Conclusion. A group of us will head for some drinks after - everyone is welcome to join!
1 Mar-Digital Tech
No Tech: No life?
Do you sometimes feel like you can’t stop picking up your phone? It would be easy to assume that Buddhism is against all technology- but turns out it isn’t quite that simple . Join us with Prajnaketu (author of Cyberloka: a Buddhist Guide to Digital Life) as he talks about what he has learnt from Buddhism about juggling mindfulness, technology, and staying sane!
5th April-Work/ Study life balance
Is There More Than This?
Have you left the library or work recently and wondered if this is all there is? Working, eating, and then sleeping just to repeat it all again. Is there something we can change to make it all seem less empty? Join us to discuss how we can make our relationship with work/study more purposeful.
Provisional dates coming up
Get in contact with us
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So you can stay up to date with everything we’re getting up to. We’ll email you with news and details about upcoming events.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you run events in person?
Yes, our Friday nights and community action days are all in person
Do I need to book?
It's a drop-in class so you're welcome to join on the evening itself. If it's your first time, you might want to arrive around 6.15pm to get comfy.
How much does it cost?
We run all our events by donation so feel free to give as much as you like, or nothing at all.
Is this right for me?
Our activities are not suitable for everyone. Buddhism and meditation bring us face-to-face with deep questions about our lives, which can sometimes be uncomfortable. If you’re in any doubt about whether now’s the right time for you to come along, email us at email@example.com.
What can I expect?
You'll be welcomed at the door, and guided through to the room we use as a shrine room by one of our team. They'll show you where you can put your coat and shoes, and where the toilets are.
If you arrive before 6.15pm you might be invited to join in with setting up the room.
Everyone's friendly and approachable - so feel free to ask questions or strike up a conversation.
What seating options are there?
You can sit on a chair, or on top of firm cushions or wooden stools on floor mats. Unless you're familiar with sitting still on the floor for more than 20 minutes, we recommend you use a chair.
Is there any etiquette I need to know about (I don't want to offend anyone!)?
We're not easily offended, so don't worry! At the same time, when entering the shrine room we will ask you to switch off your devices and leave your shoes outside. Other traditional things that support an atmosphere of respect include not lying down with your feet pointing towards the shrine, or consuming meat, fish, or alcohol... in case you were wondering...