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.

When it is time to start, the link to join will be: https://zoom.us/j/158663755?pwd=d2jxnkx0celneucxn1k1unvocja4ut09

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
25 March Introduction: Buddhism and the Triratna Buddhist Community
1 April Introduction: Life of the Buddha
8 April Introduction: The Three Jewels
15 April Ethics: The Preciousness of Life
22 April Ethics: Generosity
29 April Ethics: Stillness, Simplicity and Contentment
6 May Ethics: Wholesome Speech
13 May Ethics: Mindfulness and Life Without Intoxication
20 May Meditation: System of Practice
27 May Meditation: Hindrances and Antidotes
3 June Meditation: Access Concentration and Dhyāna
10 June Wisdom: Conditionality and The Five Niyāmas
17 June Wisdom: Karma & Rebirth
24 June Wisdom: The Three Lakṣaṇas
1 July Wisdom: The Four Noble Truths
8 July Ritual and Devotion
15 July Team Talks
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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
Śrīkīrtī
Śrīkīrtī
Sthiranāga
Sthiranāga