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

Mindfulness and stories from the life of the Buddha

Date Meditation Talk Subject Facilitator
9 September Mettā Bhāvanā The meaning and practice of mantras Lauren
16 September Mindfulness of Breathing What is live in my practice Upekṣhādhī
23 September Mettā Bhāvanā Meditation workshop – Concentration Kṣāntivajra
30 September Mindfulness of Breathing Mindfulness of dhammas Vimoksini
7 October Mettā Bhāvanā Practice Morning – Amitābha Vanarājī
14 October Mindfulness of Breathing What is live in my practice Lisa
21 October Mettā Bhāvanā Meditation workshop: Keeping our practice alive Upekṣhādhī
28 October Mindfulness of Breathing Reflecting on Myth Anudaya
4 November Mettā Bhāvanā Practice Morning – relaxation Marion
11 November Mindfulness of Breathing Meditation workshop – Dhammas Kṣāntivajra
18 November Mettā Bhāvanā Mindfulness Workshop Vidyamala
25 November Mindfulness of Breathing Personal talks: Becoming a mitra Rachel and friends
2 December Mettā Bhāvanā Prajñāpāramitā (Wisdom) Nigel
9 December Mindfulness of Breathing Introducing new theme for 2022 – Pali Canon: Stories from the life of the Buddha Upekṣhādhī
16 December Mettā Bhāvanā End of year contemplation Upekṣhādhī & Śraddhādāsa
23 December Mindfulness of Breathing Meditation and Silent Reflections (1 hr only) Upekṣhādhī
30 December Mettā Bhāvanā My inspirations Mark
6 January Mindfulness of Breathing Practice Morning: the New Year Vandanacittā & Upekṣhādhī
13 January Mettā Bhāvanā Stories from the Buddha’s life Upekṣhādhī
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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
Śraddhādāsa
Śraddhādāsa
Upekṣhādhī
Upekṣhādhī
Vanarājī
Vanarājī
Vandanacittā
Vandanacittā