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
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.
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THE FIVE SPIRITUAL FACULTIES — Full development of the Five Spiritual Faculties makes one an Arahant (one who has gained insight into the true nature of existence & has attained Nirvana)
|25 August||Mettā Bhāvanā||Practice Evening||Mark|
|1 September||Mindfulness of Breathing||An introduction to Mindfulness: the four dimensions of Awareness||Ratnaghosha|
|8 September||Mettā Bhāvanā||The Path of Mindfulness through the Ānāpānasati practice||Kṣāntivajra|
|15 September||Mindfulness of Breathing||Padmasambhava Festival||Āryasāra Kṣāntivajra Śraddhādāsa Upekṣhādhī Vanarājī Vandanacittā|
|22 September||Mettā Bhāvanā||The Way of Mindfulness. An Introduction to the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta||Eric|
|29 September||Mindfulness of Breathing||The Four Foundations of Mindfulness: Awareness of the body and its movements||Anudaya|
|6 October||Mettā Bhāvanā||The Four Foundations of Mindfulness: Awareness of feelings (vedanā).||Aryasara|
|13 October||Mindfulness of Breathing||Dr Ambedkar Festival||Tracy|
|20 October||Mettā Bhāvanā||The Four Foundations of Mindfulness: Awareness of thoughts or mind||Kiraṇaśrī|
|27 October||Mindfulness of Breathing||Celebrating the life and death of Sangharakshita||Āryasāra Kṣāntivajra Śraddhādāsa Upekṣhādhī Vanarājī Vandanacittā|
|3 November||Mettā Bhāvanā||The Four Foundations of Mindfulness: Awareness of mental objects or higher spiritual ideals||Upekṣhādhī|
|10 November||Mindfulness of Breathing||The Art of Meditation||Vidyadaka|
|17 November||Mettā Bhāvanā||Mantras as a mindfulness practice||Lauren|
|24 November||Mindfulness of Breathing||Environments for developing the five spiritual faculties: Friendship||Padmavajra|
|1 December||Mettā Bhāvanā||Environments for developing the five spiritual faculties: Communities||Vimokshini|
|8 December||Mindfulness of Breathing||Environments for developing the five spiritual faculties: Centres||Śraddhādāsa|
|15 December||Mettā Bhāvanā||Environments for developing the five spiritual faculties: Retreats||Chandracitta|
|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,||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.