Thursday Class

Thursday Class

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.

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

The 6 Pāramitās — Spiritual Qualities and The Sattipatana Sutta (Four Foundations of Mindfulness)

Date Meditation Talk Subject Facilitator
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
15 April Mindfulness of Breathing Meditation Workshop – Vedanā Kṣāntivajra
22 April Mettā Bhāvanā MEBC – the story so far Upekṣhādhī
29 April Mindfulness of Breathing Testing the Teachings Bodhi TFO Group
6 May Mettā Bhāvanā Practice Morning – Buddha s Enlightenment Upekṣhādhī
13 May Mindfulness of Breathing Kṣānti Pāramitā Kṣāntivajra
20 May Mettā Bhāvanā Personal Talk Kṣānti Mike
27 May Mindfulness of Breathing Why we meditate Upekṣhādhī & Jean
3 June Mettā Bhāvanā Practice Morning: Green Tara Vandanacittā
10 June Mindfulness of Breathing Vīrya Pāramitā Nigel
17 June Mettā Bhāvanā Mindfulness of Thoughts Vimoksini
24 June Mindfulness of Breathing Send off for Mike on his Ordination Retreat at Padmaloka Upekṣhādhī - Mike
1 July Mettā Bhāvanā Practice Morning - Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta Upekṣhādhī
8 July Mindfulness of Breathing Study: Vīrya Satyaka
15 July Mettā Bhāvanā 4 foundations of mindfulness – short talks 2nd year Mitra study group
22 July Mindfulness of Breathing Welcome Back ex Mike from his Ordination Retreat Upekṣhādhī & Ex-Mike
29 July Mettā Bhāvanā Amitabha Vanarājī
5 August Mindfulness of Breathing A morning of Mindfulness Barbara
12 August Mettā Bhāvanā Triratna & MEBC – early days Upekṣhādhī
19 August Mindfulness of Breathing Personal Talk - Padmasambhava Mark
26 August Mettā Bhāvanā Personal Talk - experiences from my retreat David
2 September Mindfulness of Breathing Practice morning Upekṣhādhī
9 September Mettā Bhāvanā The meaning and practice of mantras Lauren
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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, is £5-7, but this is not a fixed cost and everyone is equally welcome, even if you cannot give anything at all.

The Team

Āryasāra
Āryasāra
Kṣāntivajra
Kṣāntivajra
Upekṣhādhī
Upekṣhādhī
Vanarājī
Vanarājī
Vandanacittā
Vandanacittā

Where to Find Us

We are in South Woodham Ferrers, opposite the library.