The morning takes place in two halves. In the first half, we will introduce one of our meditation practices. After a short tea break we will look at an aspect of Buddhism with an opportunity for discussion.
From time to time, this class may not run when there is a weekend retreat or a centre Open Day. Be sure to check the programme below for details.
We introduce traditional teachings of the Buddha in a way that is accessible and practical to everyday life in the modern world.
We tend to focus on a particular aspect of Buddhism in a series which lasts several weeks. While you are welcome to start coming at any point, you will get the most out of the class by coming to an entire series.
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.
The meditations are led, but usually aimed at a slightly more advanced level than our Newcomers Night or Lunchtime Drop-in classes. If you are new to meditation, please let a member of the team know and we can give a more detailed instruction.
Buddhism for Today — A series of key Buddhist themes will be explored each week
Following the traditional Threefold Way of "Ethics, Meditation & Wisdom" our Dharma morning class will explore key Buddhist themes which can help us in the modern world.
|Date||Ethics, Meditation & Wisdom|
|21st September||Introduction - Buddhism & The Triratna Community|
|28th September||Introduction - Life of the Buddha|
|5th October||Introduction - The Three Jewels|
|12th October||Ethics - The Preciousness of Life|
|19th October||Ethics - Generosity|
|26th October||Ethics - Stillness, Simplicity and Contentment|
|2nd November||Ethics - Wholesome Speech|
|9th November||Ethics - Mindfulness and Life without intoxication|
|16th November||Meditation - System of Practice|
|23rd November||Meditation - Hindrances and Antidotes|
|30th November||Wisdom - Conditionality and the Five Niyamas|
|7th December||Wisdom - Karma and Rebirth|
|14th December||Wisdom - The Three Laksanas|
|21st December||Wisdom - The Four Noble Truths|
|28th December||Ritual and Devotion|
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do I need to have been coming?
The class is best suited for those who have learned both of the meditations we teach by coming on Newcomers Night or an Introductory Course.
Do I need to book?
No - just turn up!
Is it okay to join in the middle of the series?
Absolutely. Though of course you'll get those most out of the class by attending the whole series, there's no need to wait until the start of the next series if you want to start coming.
What time should I get there?
We start fairly promptly 11am. You're welcome to arrive any time from 10:45am, but please try to not arrive before then as the team may still be setting up.
How much does the class cost?
We don't charge for our classes, and the team are not paid for their time. We simply ask that those who are able to do so make a donation to the centre to help us cover our running costs.
The suggested amount, based on how many people come and how much it costs to run the centre, is £7, but this is not a fixed cost and everyone is equally welcome, even if you cannot give anything at all.
We can take donations by card or cash.
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
We're just off St. Botolph's Roundabout, across from the Colchester Town Station, just to the left of Mersea Road. Parking is available in Napier Road Car Park (first right off Mersea Road), a few minutes walk away, for £1.50.