Thursdays 7pm – 9pm (from 25 July)
Newcomers Night is a drop-in class where we will rotate through some basic Buddhist ideas applicable to life in the 21st Century as well as teach our two main meditation practices, one to develop awareness the other to develop loving kindness.
The evening takes place in two halves. In the first half, we introduce an aspect of Buddhism with an opportunity for discussion. After a short tea break, we will 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.
We have a set series of 16 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 Mettā Bhāvanā (“development of loving kindness”), which brings about a gentle but radical transformation of our emotional world.
|25 July||Buddhism and the Triratna Buddhist Community – Buddhism offers us a way to live a more meaningful and happier life – find out how.|
|1 August||The Three Jewels: The Buddha, his teaching, and the spiritual community – An introduction to the three most important things in Buddhism.|
|8 August||The Four Noble Truths: The Buddha’s teaching on living a happier life – The Buddha’s first teaching encapsulating his insight into freedom from suffer|
|15 August||The Universal Law of Karma – What is karma and how does it affect us?|
|22 August||Buddhist Ethics: Living from our freely chosen values – An introduction to Buddhist ethics – behaviours we aspire to rather than rules|
|29 August||Ethics: Non-violence and compassion for all beings|
|5 September||Ethics: Non-stealing and open-handed generosity|
|12 September||Ethics: Stillness, simplicity and contentment|
|19 September||Ethics: Non-lying and the power of words|
|26 September||Ethics: Mindfulness and the non-use of intoxicants|
|3 October||Meditation: Why bother? – The importance and benefits of developing awareness and positive emotion.|
|10 October||Meditation: How to get the most from meditation – How can you make your time spent meditating more effective?|
|17 October||What does Buddhism mean by “Enlightenment”? – Enlightenment is an experience, not a philosophy; and it is possible for all human beings to attain.|
|24 October||The basic Buddhist doctrine I – Understanding the basic ideas of Buddhism part 1|
|31 October||The basic Buddhist doctrine II – Understanding the basic ideas of Buddhism part 2|
|7 November||Ritual and Devotion: Engaging the Heart – The importance of emotions in the 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.