A class at the Buddhist Centre with led meditations of the two main practices, talks and discussion around a variety of Buddhist topics.
Suitable for all levels of experience.
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.
If you would simply like to watch past talks you can do this via our YouTube Channel. Go to 'Playlists' and 'Newcomers Online Class'.
|30 November||Introduction: Buddhism and the Triratna Buddhist Community|
|7 December||Introduction: Life of the Buddha|
|14 December||Introduction: The Three Jewels|
|21 December||Ethics: Introduction|
|28 December||Ethics: The Preciousness of Life|
|4 January||Ethics: Generosity|
|11 January||Ethics: Stillness, Simplicity and Contentment|
|18 January||Ethics: Wholesome Speech|
|25 January||Ethics: Mindfulness and Life Without Intoxication|
|1 February||Meditation: System of Practice|
|8 February||Meditation: Hindrances and Antidotes|
|15 February||Meditation: Access Concentration and Dhyāna|
|22 February||Wisdom: Conditionality and The Five Niyāmas|
|1 March||Wisdom: Karma & Rebirth|
|8 March||Wisdom: The Three Lakṣaṇas|
|15 March||Wisdom: The Four Noble Truths|
|22 March||Ritual and Devotion|
|29 March||Short Talks from Team Members. - The programme then repeats the following week (Wednesday 5th April)|
Arrive at the Buddhist centre in time to begin promptly at 7pm.
The class is especially suited for people who are completely new to meditation and Buddhism, and suitable for everyone, regardless of your religious beliefs.
No - currently our arrangements are that you do not need to book, you may simply come along.
There are no special requirements, just whatever is comfortable to sit in.
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.
All are welcome at our classes however if you are under the age of 18 please contact us in advance of joining the session (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.