Clacton Saṅgha Night
This class is suitable for all levels of experience. The evening is usually structured in two halves. In the first half there is a meditation practice, and after a short tea break, we will explore another aspect of Buddhism either with a talk and discussion.
Ethics, Meditation & Wisdom
The evening takes place in two halves. In the first half, we explore one of two Buddhist meditations. After a short tea break, we will introduce another aspect of Buddhism with an opportunity for discussion.
We teach two Buddhist meditation practices: Mindfulness of Breathing, for developing awareness, integration and clarity of mind; and Mettā Bhāvanā (“development of loving kindness”), which brings about a gentle but radical transformation of our emotional world. Each week we alternate between the two practices.
We introduce traditional teachings of the Buddha in a way that is accessible and practical to everyday life in the modern world. Usually the format is a talk, followed by an opportunity for discussion.
We have a set series of 17 topics that we cycle through, covering Buddhist ethics, meditation theory and Buddhist wisdom. Every night will stand alone so there is no need for any previous knowledge for any evening and you can start coming at any point in the cycle.
|Date||Ethics, Meditation & Wisdom|
|26 December||No Class|
|2 January||Introduction: Buddhism and the Triratna Buddhist Community|
|9 January||Full Moon Puja|
|16 January||Introduction: Life of the Buddha|
|23 January||The Three jewels|
|30 January||Ethics: The Preciousness Of Life|
|6 February||Full Moon Puja|
|13 February||Ethics: Generosity|
|20 February||Ethics: Stillness, Simplicity and Contentment|
|27 February||Ethics: Wholesome Speech|
|5 March||Full Moon Puja|
|12 March||Ethics: Mindfulness & Life Without Intoxicants|
|19 March||Meditation: The System Of Practice|
|26 March||Meditation: Hindrances & Antodotes|
|2 April||Full Moon Puja|
|9 April||Meditation: Access Concentration And Dhyana|
|16 April||Wisdom: Conditionality and The Five Niyamas|
|23 April||Wisdom: Karma & rebirth|
|30 April||Wisdom: The Three Laksanas|
|7 May||Full Moon Puja|
|14 May||Wisdom: The Four Noble Truths|
|21 May||Ritual And Devotion|
Frequently Asked Questions
What time should I get there?
We start fairly promptly at 7pm. If you like, come a little early to chat to one of the team.
What should I wear?
There are no special requirements, just whatever is comfortable to sit in.
Do I need to book?
No - just turn up!
Do I need to be a Buddhist?
The class is especially suited for people who are completely new to meditation and Buddhism, and suitable for everyone, regardless of your religious beliefs.
How much does the class cost?
All of our classes are run on a donation basis. The suggested amount is £7, but this is not a set charge. We just ask you to give what you can to support the class, and everyone is equally welcome, even if you cannot give anything at all.
Can I still attend if I am under 18?
All our welcome at our classes however anyone under the age of 18 needs to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If this is not possible it will be necessary to bring written permission from a parent of guardian if you are under 18 and would like to attend.
Where to Find Us
The class is held at the Quaker Meeting House, a 5 minute walk from the station. There is free street parking on the road.