Practice Night Class (at the Buddhist Centre)
A more in depth and intense class which includes Dharma talks, discussion, meditation practice as well as Buddhist ritual.
Suitable for those with more experience. Not suitable for beginners.
This is an in-person weekly class at the Colchester Buddhist Centre.
Building on the success of our Dharma Mornings this class seeks to offer an opportunity for our Sangha to come together. Suitable for experienced and new Sangha members alike.
In the second half of the class we will introduce an aspect of Buddhist teachings.
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.
We tend to focus on a particular aspect of Buddhism in a series which lasts several weeks. While you are welcome to start coming at any point, you will get the most out of the class by coming to an entire series.
If you would simply like to watch past talks you can do this via our YouTube Channel. Go to 'Playlists' and 'Online Sangha morning'.
During this series we will be looking at Buddhist meditation within the context of Triratna's System of Practice. The series will allow the opportunity to experience different aspects of meditation, as well as some different meditation practices.
There will be opportunities to discuss your own practice and along the way we will be sharing hints and tips to help your meditation.
This is a drop-in series and our aim is for each morning's topic to stand alone, so please come when you can.
|30 April||What are we trying to do?||Metta|
|7 May||The purpose of meditation||Mindfulness|
|14 May||Preparing for and concluding meditation||Metta|
|21 May||The importance of the body||Mindfulness|
|28 May||Enjoyment of awareness||Metta|
|4 June||Uncontrived mindfulness||Mindfulness|
|11 June||Opening the heart and Hara||Metta|
|18 June||Brahma Viharas - Metta (Loving Kindness)||Metta|
|25 June||Brahma Viharas - Karuna (Compassion)||Karuna Bhavana|
|2 July||Brahma Viharas - Mudita (Sympathetic Joy)||Mudita Bhavana|
|9 July||Brahma Viharas - Upekkha (Equanimity)||Upekkha Bhavana|
|23 July||Relaxing||Element Practice|
|30 July||Just sitting||Just Sitting|
|6 August||Beyond the self - fulfilling our potential||Metta|
|13 August||Buddha Vandana||Visualisation|
|27 August||Life as meditation and Q&A session||Mindfulness|
Arrive at the Buddhist centre in time to begin promptly at 10:30am.
The class is best suited for those who have learned both of the meditations we teach by coming on Newcomers Night or an Introductory Course.
No - currently our arrangements are that you do not need to book, you may simply come along.
Absolutely. Though of course you'll get those most out of the class by attending the whole series, there's no need to wait until the start of the next series if you want to start coming.
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.
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)
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 Napier Road Car Park (first right off Mersea Road), a few minutes walk away, for £1.50.