Newcomers Online Class

Newcomers Online Class

This is a weekly online session put in place in response to Government guidelines following the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

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. Make an online donation here

Meditation

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.

Talks

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.

Join the full class via Zoom or watch the talk live on YouTube

If you would like to participate in the full class, including the meditation and discussion groups following the talk, please join via Zoom. However if you would simply like to watch a Live Stream of the talk you can do this via our YouTube Channel. The talk normally starts at 8.10pm and will be between 15-20 minutes in duration.      

How To Join

These sessions use an application called Zoom. To enable you to access this please set up a Zoom account if you don't already have one - https://zoom.us/signup
 

To join the Zoom Meeting
Click here

Meeting ID: 158 663 755

Password: 144275

Use a PC or Mac

For most modern web browsers, you do not need to download anything. For a better experience you can, before the start time, download the Zoom Desktop Client for Windows, Mac, or Linux. You do not need to create an account or sign in.

A few minutes before we're due to start, click here to join.

Use a Mobile or Tablet

Before the start time, download the Zoom Mobile App using one of the links below. You do not need to create an account or sign in.

A few minutes before we're due to start, click here to join.

Programme

Date Talk Subject
18 November Introduction: Buddhism and the Triratna Buddhist Community
25 November Introduction: Life of the Buddha
2 December Introduction: The Three Jewels
9 December Ethics: The Preciousness of Life
16 December Ethics: Generosity
23 December Ethics: Stillness, Simplicity and Contentment
30 December Ethics: Wholesome Speech
6 January Ethics: Mindfulness and Life Without Intoxication
13 January Meditation: System of Practice
20 January Meditation: Hindrances and Antidotes
27 January Meditation: Access Concentration and Dhyāna
3 February Wisdom: Conditionality and The Five Niyāmas
10 February Wisdom: Karma & Rebirth
17 February Wisdom: The Three Lakṣaṇas
24 February Wisdom: The Four Noble Truths
3 March Ritual and Devotion
10 March Short Talks from Team Members
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Frequently Asked Questions

What time should I login to the session?

The leader of the class will join just before 7pm. Until this time if you try to login you may be asked to wait until they arrive. It is good to be ready for the session before you login, so make sure you are comfortable and have everything you need to hand.

What if I am late and can't join until the session has started?

When you join the session your microphone will automatically be muted although your camera will be visible, so provided that you are already sitting and still you should not disturb the class.

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 login just before 7pm

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 (contact@colchesterbuddhistcentre.com)

The Team

Amalaketu
Amalaketu
Atulyamati
Atulyamati
Bodhilehī
Bodhilehī
Kendal
Kendal
Sophie
Sophie
Sthiranāga
Sthiranāga