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.
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 296-080-125.
The Noble Eightfold Path of Vision and Transformation and Brahmaviharas
|16 April||Karunā Bhāvanā||Meditation Workshop - Mike|
|23 April||Mettā Bhāvanā||Wheel of Life (MB) Aryasara|
|30 April||Mindfulness of Breathing||Truthful Speech Genny|
|7 May||Practice Morning||Meditation and Ritual Theme: Buddhas Enlightenment Vanaraji|
|14 May||Mettā Bhāvanā||Study: Truthful Speech - Āryasāra|
|21 May||Meditation Workshop||Developing sympathetic joy - Kṣāntivajra|
|28 May||Mindfulness of Breathing||What is a mitra and what it means to me - Upekṣhādhī and Mitras|
|4 June||Practice Morning||Meditation and Ritual – Theme exploring meaning of Threefold Puja/Upeksha- Upekṣhādhī|
|11 June||Mettā Bhāvanā||Q and A - Āryasāra|
|18 June||Brahmavihárás||Rachel, Pat, Katrina & Pauline|
|25 June||Mindfulness of Breathing||Right Action - Kṣántivajra|
|2 July||Practice Morning||Meditation & Ritual - Wisdom - Áryasára|
|9 July||Mettā Bhāvanā||Study: Vírya: energy in the pursuit of the good Upekṣhádhí|
|16 July||Brahmavihárá||Review of Brahmavihárá Meditations , Q&A - Upekṣhádhí|
|23 July||Mindfulness of Breathing||Welcome Back to ex Sarah Wellard after her 3 month Ordination Retreat at Akashavana, Spain Sarah/Upekṣhádhí|
|30 July||Mettā Bhāvanā||The meaning & practice of Mantras - Lauren|
|6 August||Practice Morning||Meditation & Ritual - Seshin, silent flow of meditation, readings & relaxation- Upekṣhádhí|
|13 August||Mindfulness of Breathing||My work with Buddhism in schools - Katrina|
|20 August||Mettā Bhāvanā||Personal Talk: Working with right effort - Mike|
|27 August||Mindfulness of Breathing||Exploring Right Livelihood - David|
|3 September||Practice Morning||Meditation & Ritual - Loving Kindness - 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.