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.
How To Join
Use a PC or Mac
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A few minutes before we're due to start, either:
Use a Mobile or Tablet
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A few minutes before we're due to start, click here to join or open the app and enter the meeting ID 244-028-390.
THE BUDDHA'S VISION OF HUMAN EXISTENCE " — THE NATURE OF REALITY: THROUGH SYMBOLS - THE SPIRAL PATH
The Buddha...when he gained Enlightenment...saw a vision of human existence. He communicated his vision in four ways...by means of concepts, by means of symbols, by his actions, and by silence." (Sangharakshita)
|15 April||Mindfulness of Breathing||Poetry as a Spiritual Practice: Maitreyabandhu reads from his new collection After Cezanne and talks about the making and reading of poems. Maitreyabandhu|
|22 April||Mettā Bhāvanā||The Great Escape! An introduction to the Spiral Path: a sequence of positive mental states or experiences. Padmavajra|
|29 April||Mindfulness of Breathing||The ill-fitting chariot wheel: dukkha (unsatisfactoriness). Upekṣhádhí|
|6 May||Mettā Bhāvanā||Faith: 'the emotional response of what is ultimate in us to what is ultimate in the universe' (Bhante) Genny|
|13 May||Mindfulness of Breathing||Karuna - compassion in action. An introduction to the Triratna charity providing aid to India. Akashamitra & Sanghamani|
|20 May||Mettā Bhāvanā||Buddha Day Festival As, Ks, Ud, Vj|
|27 May||Mindfulness of Breathing||Joy and freedom from remorse. The Precepts and the Buddhist practice of confession. 2 personal talks. Jas & Mike|
|3 June||Mettā Bhāvanā||The concentrated mind has conditions: rapture. Physical exhilaration releasing tension. A body meditation workshop. Maitryarája|
|10 June||Mindfulness of Breathing||The concentrated mind has conditions: calm ('integrated exhilaration' - Bhante). 2 personal talks - towards finding tranquility through practice. David & Rachel|
|17 June||Mettā Bhāvanā||The concentrated mind has conditions: bliss - a profound sense of inner, non-physical happiness and well being. Vanarájí|
|24 June||Mindfulness of Breathing||Concentration and the dhyanas (absorption). An integrated mind is capable of sustained investigation into Reality. Kṣántivajra|
|1 July||Mettā Bhāvanā||Stream Entry & Insight: knowledge and vision of things as they really are. Vanarájí|
|8 July||Mindfulness of Breathing||Disentanglement & Equanimity (withdrawal & dispassion). The Bodhisattvas: in the world but not of the world. Sarah|
|15 July||Mettā Bhāvanā||Dharma Day Festival As, Ks, Ud, Vj|
|22 July||Mindfulness of Breathing||Freedom and Enlightenment. Being free from suffering and knowing it. Upekṣhádhí|
|29 July||Mettā Bhāvanā||Ritual to Sakyamuni: exploring garava (respect, honor, reverence and worship). Áryasára|
|5 August||Mindfulness of Breathing||Practice evening. Vanarájí|
|12 August||Mettā Bhāvanā||Practice evening. Marion|
|19 August||Mindfulness of Breathing||Practice evening. Mark|
|26 August||Mettā Bhāvanā||Practice evening celebrating Sangharakshita's birth date. Upekṣhádhí|
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.