The morning 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 on Thursday morning.
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The 6 Pāramitās — Spirital Qualities and The Sattipatana Sutta (Four Foundations of Mindfulness)
|7 January||Mindfulness of Breathing||Looking Ahead||Āryasāra - Upekṣhādhī|
|14 January||Mettā Bhāvanā||What the Pāramitās mean to me.||Maitripushpa|
|21 January||Mindfulness of Breathing||Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta – my inspiration||Eric|
|28 January||Mettā Bhāvanā||6 Pāramitās – an overview||Kṣāntivajra|
|4 February||Mindfulness of Breathing||Practice Morning – What is parinirvāṇa?|
|11 February||Mettā Bhāvanā||Dāna Pāramitā (Generosity)||Mike|
|18 February||Mindfulness of Breathing||Meditation Workshop 1st Foundation of Mindfulness||Pat Eliot|
|25 February||Mettā Bhāvanā||What meditation means to me||Rachel|
|4 March||Mindfulness of Breathing||Practice Morning – why ritual?|
|11 March||Mettā Bhāvanā||Meditation Workshop: 2nd Foundation of Mindfulness||Kṣāntivajra|
|18 March||Mindfulness of Breathing||Study: Dāna Pāramitā (Genorosity)||Upekṣhādhī|
|25 March||Mettā Bhāvanā||sīla Pāramitā (Ethics)||Vanarājī|
|1 April||Mindfulness of Breathing||Practice Morning – Readings||Upekṣhādhī|
|8 April||Mettā Bhāvanā||Personal journeys practicing sīla (Ethics)||Men’s TFO Group|
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.