Newcomers Class (at the Buddhist Centre)

Newcomers Class (at the Buddhist Centre)

This is an in-person weekly class at the Colchester Buddhist Centre.

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 17 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 November Introduction: Buddhism and the Triratna Buddhist Community
24 November Introduction: Life of the Buddha
1 December Introduction: The Three Jewels
8 December Ethics: Introduction
15 December Ethics: The Preciousness of Life
22 December Ethics: Generosity
29 December Ethics: Stillness, Simplicity and Contentment
5 January Ethics: Wholesome Speech
12 January Ethics: Mindfulness and Life Without Intoxication
19 January Meditation: System of Practice
26 January Meditation: Hindrances and Antidotes
2 February Meditation: Access Concentration and Dhyāna
9 February Wisdom: Conditionality and The Five Niyāmas
16 February Wisdom: Karma & Rebirth
23 February Wisdom: The Three Lakṣaṇas
2 March Wisdom: The Four Noble Truths
9 March Ritual and Devotion
16 March Short Talks from Team Members - Then the programme will repeat, starting 23rd March
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Frequently Asked Questions

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

As we are observing a number of covid precautions it is recommended that you arrive at the Centre 5-10 minutes before the class is due to start.

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.