Dharma Night Hybrid

Dharma Night Hybrid

The Hybrid  evening (either on Zoom or In Person) 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.

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.

To Join on Zoom

Click on the link below (Join Now) to join us online every Wednesday evening.

This meeting is Password enabled. Please contact us if you need access.

To Join in Person

please click below the date(s) you want to book (hall capacity limited to 15 people)

The In Person sessions are taking place at Champions Manor Hall, Hullbridge Rd, South Woodham Ferrers, Chelmsford CM3 5LJ

Please remember to bring your own meditation gear

Programme

Date Meditation Title Facilitator
22 December Mindfulness of Breathing Environments for developing the five spiritual faculties: Team Based Right Livelihood Nandaketu
29 December Mettā Bhāvanā End of year ritual dedicated to Vajrasattva Mark
5 January Mindfulness of Breathing Welcoming in the New Year. Āryasāra & Vanarājī
12 January Mettā Bhāvanā Ritual carries us 'to regions of light and fire, where the winged faculty of calculation dare not ever soar' (Percy B Shelley). An introduction to the sevenfold Puja. Upekṣhādhī
19 January Mindfulness of Breathing Worship: giving expression to our appreciation of the very existence of higher values as embodied in the Three Jewels. Looking at the higher values expressed by the Three Jewels. Śraddhādāsa
26 January Mettā Bhāvanā Salutation: intensifying our devotional feelings towards the Three Jewels, we realise how far we still are from embodying these ideals in our lives. The importance of devotion in the spiritual life. Maitreyarāja
2 February Mindfulness of Breathing Going For Refuge: Ritual is 'Shared action, expressive of common strivings, rooted in common values' (Erich Fromm). The effect on our spiritual lives of committing to the Three Jewels and training in the Precepts. Women's GFR group Katrina Rachel Suz
9 February Mettā Bhāvanā Confession of Faults: openly acknowledging our unskilful states of mind that block our progress. The importance and significance of confession in Buddhism. Kiraṇaśrī
16 February Mindfulness of Breathing Parinirvana Day Festival
23 February Mettā Bhāvanā Rejoicing in Merit: unburdened and more deeply in touch with ours and others' potential brings about confidence and joy. The beautiful practice of Rejoicing in Merits. GFR Women group. Jas Marion Pat Tracy
2 March Mindfulness of Breathing Entreaty and Supplication: opening up to Insight and asking the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas for help. What is meant by Insight in Buddhism? Vidyāḍāka
9 March Mettā Bhāvanā The Heart Sutra: what is the Heart Sutra and other Wisdom texts communicating to us? Kṣāntivajra
16 March Mindfulness of Breathing The Heart Sutra: Taking up the practice of the Heart Sutra in Sanskrit. Padmavajra
23 March Mettā Bhāvanā The Heart Sutra: an experiential approach to the Heart Sutra. Vanarājī
30 March Mindfulness of Breathing Transference of Merit and Self Surrender: the importance and significance of transferring merit towards the well-being of all. Men’s GFR Group
6 April Mettā Bhāvanā Triratna Sangha Day
13 April Mindfulness of Breathing Ritual to Prajñāpāramitā including a sevenfold Puja. Āryasāra
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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be a Buddhist?

No, the class is suitable for everyone who wants to meditate or learn about Buddhism.

What should I wear?

There are no special requirements, just whatever is comfortable to sit in.

Do I need to book?

No - just turn up!

Is it okay to join in the middle of the series?

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.

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.

The suggested amount, based on how many people come and how much it costs to run the centre, is £5-7, but this is not a fixed cost and everyone is equally welcome, even if you cannot give anything at all.

The Team

Āryasāra
Āryasāra
Kṣāntivajra
Kṣāntivajra
Śraddhādāsa
Śraddhādāsa
Upekṣhādhī
Upekṣhādhī
Vanarājī
Vanarājī
Vandanacittā
Vandanacittā