Viryanaga is chair of Brixton Buddhist Community and is one of the driving forces behind the recent developments, making the Dharma and meditation ever more vibrant and accessible in South London.
Viryanaga is hoping to raise £2,600, the cost of securing a second room in effraspace on Monday nights for an entire year, giving the opportunity to teach classes for both beginners and more experienced meditators on a weekly basis.
A Yatra is a Buddhist-inspired walking retreat: a mindful celebration of the ancient pathways and sites of energetic significance.
Alongside many other Buddhists Viryanaga will be making a 100-mile pilgrimage between Bristol and Adhistana (the burial site of Triratna's founder, Sangharakshita). Over the course of 10 days they will be walking in silence, allowing space for a deeper awareness to arise between themselves and the landscape. Each night, they will set up camp anew and cook together around a campfire, finishing the day with Buddhist ritual.
For a long time Brixton Buddhist Community has provided Monday night meditation classes for beginners, but a second room gives them the opportunity to progress with their meditation practice after having learned the basics. It also means experienced meditators within the Sangha have the opportunity to engage with greater depth of teaching on a weekly basis.
If just 26 people donated £100 each, equivalent of £1 a mile, we would reach our target, sharing the benefits of meditation and the Dharma in south London.