Online Newcomers 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
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.
Join the full class via Zoom or watch past talks 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 past talks you can do this via our YouTube Channel. Go to 'Playlists' and 'Newcomers Online Class'.
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
Meeting ID: 158 663 755
Use a PC or Mac
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.
|17 March||Introduction: Buddhism and the Triratna Buddhist Community|
|24 March||Introduction: Life of the Buddha|
|31 March||Introduction: The Three Jewels|
|7 April||Ethics: The Preciousness of Life|
|14 April||Ethics: Generosity|
|21 April||Ethics: Stillness, Simplicity and Contentment|
|28 April||Ethics: Wholesome Speech|
|5 May||Ethics: Mindfulness and Life Without Intoxication|
|12 May||Meditation: System of Practice|
|19 May||Meditation: Hindrances and Antidotes|
|26 May||Meditation: Access Concentration and Dhyāna|
|2 June||Wisdom: Conditionality and The Five Niyāmas|
|9 June||Wisdom: Karma & Rebirth|
|16 June||Wisdom: The Three Lakṣaṇas|
|23 June||Wisdom: The Four Noble Truths|
|30 June||Ritual and Devotion|
|7 July||Short Talks from Team Members - The programme will repeat, starting 14th July|
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)