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Newcomers Night

Thursdays 7pm – 9pm

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.

Presentations

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.

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.

Programme

 

Date Topic
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 lifeThe 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 valuesAn 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
19 September Ethics: Non-lying and the power of words
26 September Ethics: Mindfulness and the non-use of intoxicants
3 October Meditation: Developing mindfulness; Mindfulness of Breathing.
10 October Meditation: Developing positive emotion; Metta Bhavana.
17 October Meditation: Getting the most from meditation. Working with our mind and body in meditation.
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.
14 November The Buddha and the way to freedom from suffering.
21 November Ethics, living from our freely chosen values.
28 November Meditation, developing a happier mind.
5 December Conditionality and the law of Karma.
12 December The Characteristics of Reality.  (Last Class for 2019)

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.