Wednesday Dharma Night in person only

Wednesday Dharma Night in person only

The evening 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.

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Programme

In progress
17 July 2024 — 8 January 2025: The system of Practice and the Dhyānas

Date Meditation Topic Newcomers
17 July 2024 Mindfulness of Breathing Perfect Samādhi - Saraṇālokā Ethics 3 – Contentment - David
24 July Mettā Bhāvanā Seven fold Puja - Āryasāra Ethics 4 – Wholesome speech - Saraṇālokā
31 July Mindfulness of Breathing Practice Evening Ethics 5 – Mindfulness - Abhayavāṇī
7 August Mettā Bhāvanā Practice Evening Meditation 1 – The System of Practice - Saraṇālokā
14 August Mindfulness of Breathing Practice Evening Meditation 2 – Balanced effort - Āryasāra
21 August Mettā Bhāvanā Marking the handover of the role of Treasurer, with a 3 fold Pūjā and Rejoicing in Śraddhādāsa Meditation 3 – The Hindrances - Katrina
28 August Mindfulness of Breathing David Ordination Retreat Send Off Newcomers and Regulars together
4 September Mettā Bhāvanā Wisdom 1 – Conditionality - Abhayavāṇī
11 September Mindfulness of Breathing Wisdom 2 – The Four Noble Truths- Katrina
18 September Mettā Bhāvanā Rachel Ordination Retreat Send Off Newcomers and Regulars together
25 September Mindfulness of Breathing Wisdom 3 – The Lakshanas - Āryasāra
2 October Mettā Bhāvanā Wisdom 4 – Karma and rebirth - Kṣāntivajra
9 October Mindfulness of Breathing Introduction to Buddhism and Triratna -
16 October Mettā Bhāvanā Going for refuge to the three jewels -
23 October Mindfulness of Breathing Ethics 1 – Non harm -
30 October Mettā Bhāvanā Ethics 2 – Generosity -
6 November Mindfulness of Breathing Ethics 3 – Contentment -
13 November Mettā Bhāvanā Ethics 4 – Wholesome speech -
20 November Mindfulness of Breathing Ethics 5 – Mindfulness -
27 November Mettā Bhāvanā Meditation 1 – The System of Practice -
4 December Mindfulness of Breathing Meditation 2 – Balanced effort -
11 December Mettā Bhāvanā Meditation 3 – The Hindrances -
18 December Mindfulness of Breathing Wisdom 1 – Conditionality -
25 December Mettā Bhāvanā Wisdom 2 – The Four Noble Truths -
1 January 2025 Mindfulness of Breathing Wisdom 3 – The Lakshanas -
8 January 2025 Mettā Bhāvanā Wisdom 4 – Karma and rebirth -
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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, would be what you would pay for say a Yoga class, but this is not a fixed cost and everyone is equally welcome, even if you cannot give anything at all.

The Team

Āryasāra
Kṣāntivajra
Śraddhādāsa
Vanarājī
Vandanacittā