Note: From 9 - 30 January the emphasis will be on meditation and posture - see detail below under 'programme'.
The evening takes place in two halves. In the first half, introduce an aspect of Buddhism with an opportunity for discussion. After a short tea break, we explore one of two Buddhist meditations.
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, with an opportunity for questions and discussion.
We have a set series of topics that we cycle through, covering Buddhist ethics, meditation theory and Buddhist wisdom. Every night will stand alone so there is no need for any previous knowledge for any evening and you can start coming at any point in the cycle.
We teach two Buddhist meditation practices: Mindfulness of Breathing, for developing awareness, integration and clarity of mind; and Development of Loving Kindness (Mettā Bhāvanā), which brings about a gentle but radical transformation of our emotional world.
We will help you to set up in good posture and give a fully led practice, so there is no need for any previous experience.
What is Buddhism?
Meditation 101 — Starting on 9th January 2020
Meditation 101 is a drop-in class aimed at those with little or no meditation experience, perhaps wanting to re-learn; and to work on developing your meditation practice and posture.
We teach two Buddhist meditation practices: Mindfulness of Breathing, for developing awareness, integration and clarity of mind; and the Development of Loving Kindness meditation, which brings about a gentle but radical transformation of our emotional world. We will help you to set up in good posture and give a fully led practice, so there is no need for any previous experience.
Along with practical instruction we'll give some background on where meditation fits into the bigger picture of Buddhist practice and worldview.
Every night will stand alone so there is no need for any previous knowledge, come to one or many.
This is followed by our regular Newcomers Night which is a 15-week programme that has more focus on basic Buddhist teachings, starting on 13 February.
|9 January||You can change your mind||Saradarshini|
|16 January||Engaging your emotions||Saradarshini|
|23 January||Working with body awareness and posture in meditation||Satyadevi / Saradarshini|
|30 January||Working with body awareness and posture in meditation||Satyadevi / Saradarshini|
|6 February||Waitangi Day - no class|
Buddhist Meditation and teachings — 15 week series led by Aryagita
|13 February||Buddhism; the way to freedom from suffering.|
|20 February||The Buddha's first teaching on freedom from suffering.|
|27 February||The Law of Karma; the consequences of our actions.|
|5 March||Buddhist Ethics; expressing our freely chosen values.|
|12 March||Ethics: The Preciousness of Life.|
|19 March||Ethics: Generosity.|
|26 March||Ethics: Stillness, Simplicity and Contentment.|
|2 April||Ethics: Wholesome Speech.|
|9 April||Ethics: Mindfulness and Life Without Intoxication.|
|16 April||Meditation: Awareness; Mindfulness of Breathing.|
|23 April||Meditation: Positive emotion; Development of loving-kindness.|
|30 April||Meditation: Getting the most from meditation.|
|7 May||Wisdom: How the universe works; the bottom line in Buddhism.|
|14 May||Wisdom: The characteristics of reality.|
|21 May||Ritual and Devotion. Engaging our emotions in our spiritual life.|
Frequently Asked Questions
What time should I get there?
We start fairly promptly 7pm. You’re welcome to arrive any time from 6:45pm, but please try to not arrive before then as the team may still be setting up. If you arrive late, feel free to slip in quietly and place your coat and shoes in the cloakroom on the left.
Do I need to book?
No – just turn up!
Do I need to be a Buddhist?
The class is especially suited for people who are completely new to meditation and Buddhism, and suitable for everyone, regardless of your religious beliefs.
What should I wear?
There are no special requirements, just whatever is comfortable to sit in.
How much does the class cost?
We don’t charge for our classes, 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, is $5 to $15. Everyone is equally welcome, even if you cannot give anything at all.
We can take donations by card or cash.
Where to Find Us
We're upstairs at 6-8 Broomhedge St, just off Adelaide Rd. There is plenty of parking outside the centre (you can ignore the private parking signs as the other tenants only use the spaces during work hours).