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
30 November 2022 Introduction: Buddhism and the Triratna Buddhist Community
7 December 2022 Introduction: Life of the Buddha
14 December 2022 Introduction: The Three Jewels
21 December 2022 Ethics: Introduction
28 December 2022 Ethics: The Preciousness of Life
4 January 2023 Ethics: Generosity
11 January 2023 Ethics: Stillness, Simplicity and Contentment
18 January 2023 Ethics: Wholesome Speech
25 January 2023 Ethics: Mindfulness and Life Without Intoxication
1 February 2023 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)
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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 - currently our arrangements are that you do not need to book, you may simply 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 (

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.