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.
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.
Click on the link below to join us every Wednesday evening.
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|19 August||Mindfulness of Breathing||Practice Evening.||Mark|
|26 August||Mettā Bhāvanā||Practice evening celebrating Sangharakshita's birth date.||Katrina|
|2 September||Mindfulness of Breathing||An introduction to the Pali Canon, and to the Buddha's qualities.||Sarah|
|9 September||Mettā Bhāvanā||The Buddha's actions as an expression of Enlightenment: The Kisa Gotami Sutta - Send off for Genny||Chandrachitta|
|16 September||Mindfulness of Breathing||The Buddha's actions as an expression of Enlightenment: The Kosambiya Sutta.||Padmavajra|
|23 September||Mettā Bhāvanā||Padmasambhava Festival.||Āryasāra, Kṣāntivajra, Upekshādhī, Vanarājī|
|30 September||Mindfulness of Breathing||The Buddha's actions as an expression of Enlightenment: A case of dysentery.||Maitreyarāja|
|7 October||Mettā Bhāvanā||The Buddha's actions as an expression of Enlightenment: The Canki Sutta.||Ratnaghosha|
|14 October||Mindfulness of Breathing||A celebration of Dr Ambedkar - Welcome back ex-Genny||Āryasāra, Kṣāntivajra, Upekshādhī, Vanarājī|
|21 October||Mettā Bhāvanā||Recollection of the Buddha: Buddhanusmrti.||Kṣāntivajra|
|28 October||Mindfulness of Breathing||Remembering the death of Sangharakshita.||Āryasāra, Kṣāntivajra, Upekshādhī, Vanarājī|
|4 November||Mettā Bhāvanā||Examples of silence in the Pali Canon and their significance.||The Bodhi B TFO Group|
|11 November||Mindfulness of Breathing||Being with Silence.||Satyaka|
|18 November||Mettā Bhāvanā||My experience of silence on my ordination retreat.||Upekshādhī|
|25 November||Mindfulness of Breathing||Sangha Day Festival.||Āryasāra, Kṣāntivajra, Upekshādhī, Vanarājī|
|2 December||Mettā Bhāvanā||The beauty and value of solitary retreats.||Āryasāra|
|9 December||Mindfulness of Breathing||The peaceful revolution: peace cannot be engendered by polarisation but by silencing the heart and mind.||Vanarājī|
|16 December||Mettā Bhāvanā||In praise of the Buddha - a ritual evening.||Abhayasiddhi TFO Group|
|23 December||Mindfulness of Breathing||Practice Night.||Men's TFO Group|
|30 December||Mettā Bhāvanā||Practice Night.||Vanarājī|
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.
Where to Find Us
We are in South Woodham Ferrers, opposite the library.