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'.
|13 December||Introduction: Buddhism and the Triratna Buddhist Community|
|20 December||Introduction: Life of the Buddha|
|27 December||Introduction: The Three Jewels|
|3 January 2024||Ethics: Introduction|
|10 January 2024||Ethics: The Preciousness of Life|
|17 January 2024||Ethics: Generosity|
|24 January 2024||Ethics: Stillness, Simplicity and Contentment|
|31 January 2024||Ethics: Wholesome Speech|
|7 February 2024||Ethics: Mindfulness and Life Without Intoxication|
|14 February 2024||Meditation: System of Practice|
|21 February 2024||Meditation: Hindrances and Antidotes|
|28 February 2024||Meditation: Access Concentration and Dhyāna|
|6 March 2024||Wisdom: Conditionality and The Five Niyāmas|
|13 March 2024||Wisdom: Karma & Rebirth|
|20 March 2024||Wisdom: The Three Lakṣaṇas|
|27 March 2024||Wisdom: The Four Noble Truths|
|3 April 2024||Ritual and Devotion|
|10 April 2024||Short Talks from Team Members. - The programme then repeats the following week (Wednesday 13th December)|
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 just 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 (email@example.com)
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.
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.