Newcomers Class

Newcomers Class

The evening takes place in two halves. In the first half, we explore one of two Buddhist meditations. After a short comfort break, we will introduce another aspect of Buddhism with a talk from one of the ordained members of the Buddhist Centre.

Classes are free but your donations are greatly appreciated. These can be made via contactless payment at the Centre or you may wish to make an online donation here


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 breaking into smaller groups for discussion.

We have a set series of 18 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.

Watch past talks on YouTube

If you would simply like to watch past talks you can do this via our YouTube Channel. Go to 'Playlists' and 'Newcomers Online Class'.    

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Date Talk Subject
17 April 2024 Introduction: Buddhism and the Triratna Buddhist Community
24 April 2024 Introduction: Life of the Buddha
1 May 2024 Introduction: The Three Jewels
8 May 2024 Ethics: Introduction
15 May 2024 Ethics: The Preciousness of Life
22 May 2024 Ethics: Generosity
29 May 2024 Ethics: Stillness, Simplicity and Contentment
5 June 2024 Ethics: Wholesome Speech
12 June 2024 Ethics: Mindfulness and Life Without Intoxication
19 June 2024 Meditation: System of Practice
26 June Meditation: Hindrances and Antidotes
3 July Meditation: Access Concentration and Dhyāna
10 July Wisdom: Conditionality and The Five Niyāmas
17 July Wisdom: Karma & Rebirth
24 July Wisdom: The Three Lakṣaṇas
31 July Wisdom: The Four Noble Truths
7 August Ritual and Devotion
14 August Short Talks from Team Members. - The programme then repeats the following week (Wednesday 13th December)
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Frequently Asked Questions

What time should I arrive at the Centre for the class?

Arrive at the Buddhist centre in time to begin promptly at 7pm.

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.

Do I need to book?

No just come along.

What should I wear?

There are no special requirements, just whatever is comfortable to sit in.

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.

See the link on our web site to enable you to make a donation.

Can I still attend if I am under 18?

All are welcome at our classes however if you are under the age of 18 please contact us in advance of joining the session (

Is there parking available?

As we are in the town centre we do not have onsite parking, the nearest car parks are Britannia (route is via underground subway) and Napier Road.

We are also directly opposite the town train station and serviced by good bus links.

Bikes can be locked to the railings at the back of the building.

The Team


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 Britannia or Napier Road Car Parks, a few minutes walk away, for 50p.