The evening takes place in two halves. In the first half, we explore one of two Buddhist meditations. After a short tea break, we will introduce another aspect of Buddhism with an opportunity for discussion.
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.
The class will split into two groups, a smaller group for those who are new to meditation and another group for those who attend the class regularly. In the beginners group, we will help you to set up in good posture and give a fully led practice. Once you have been coming a while, the main group will explore different techniques and ways of approaching the 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.
|11 December||Introduction: Buddhism and the Triratna Buddhist Community|
|18 December||Introduction: Life of the Buddha|
|25 December||Introduction: The Three Jewels|
|1 January||Ethics: The Preciousness of Life|
|8 January||Ethics: Generosity|
|15 January||Ethics: Stillness, Simplicity and Contentment|
|22 January||Ethics: Wholesome Speech|
|29 January||Ethics: Mindfulness and Life Without Intoxication|
|5 February||Meditation: System of Practice|
|12 February||Meditation: Hindrances and Antidotes|
|19 February||Meditation: Access Concentration and Dhyāna|
|26 February||Wisdom: Conditionality and The Five Niyāmas|
|4 March||Wisdom: Karma & Rebirth|
|11 March||Wisdom: The Three Lakṣaṇas|
|18 March||Wisdom: The Four Noble Truths|
|25 March||Ritual and Devotion|
|1 April||Team Talks|
Frequently Asked Questions
What time should I get there?
We start fairly promptly 7pm. You're welcome to arrive any time from 6:45pm, but please try to not arrive before then as the team may still be setting up. If you arrive late, feel free to use the doorbell and a team member will come and let you in.
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 turn up!
What should I wear?
There are no special requirements, just whatever is comfortable to sit in.
Can I just come for the meditation?
Of course, though the meditation we teach is itself a Buddhist teaching.
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.
We can take donations by card or cash.
Can I still attend if I am under 18?
All our welcome at our newcomers classes however anyone under the age of 18 needs to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If this is not possible it will be necessary to bring written permission from a parent of guardian if you are under 18 and would like to attend.
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.