Newcomers Night

Newcomers Night

Due to the current Covid-19 crisis, Newcomers Night has now moved online. See below for instructions 

Format

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. 

 

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, 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.

Diagram outlining Buddhism can be found here.

 

Meditation

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.

Guided meditation sessions for these practices can be found here.

 

If you would like to know more about any of the newcomers evenings you've attended please email your question to: newcomers@wellingtonbuddhistcentre.org

 

Suggested Donation: $15 / $10 / $5   Donate here.

 

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When it is time to start, the link to join will be: https://zoom.us/j/814849339?pwd=efbmbgo4z01tctjuvwxkewdbvxkrqt09

How To Join

You can join either via Zoom or Facebook.

Use a PC or Mac

For most modern web browsers, you do not need to download anything. For a better experience you can, before the start time, download the Zoom Desktop Client for Windows, Mac, or Linux. You do not need to create an account or sign in.

A few minutes before we're due to start, click here to join.

Use a Mobile or Tablet

Before the start time, download the Zoom Mobile App using one of the links below. You do not need to create an account or sign in.

A few minutes before we're due to start, click here to join.

Programme

Buddhist Meditation and teachings — 12 week series led by Shraddhanita

Date Subject
28 May The Buddha and the birth of Buddhism.
4 June The Four Noble Truths. The Buddha's first teaching on liberation.
11 June The Law of Karma. Our actions have consequences.
18 June Ethics. Buddhist ethics and the principle of love.
25 June Ethics. The principle of generosity and developing contentment.
2 July Ethics. The principle of truthfulness and developing awareness.
9 July Meditation. Awareness and the Mindfulness of Breathing.
16 July Meditation. Positive emotion and the Development of Loving-kindness.
23 July Meditation. Getting the most out of meditation.
30 July Wisdom. How the universe works. The bottom line in Buddhism.
6 August Wisdom. The unavoidable truth of Reality.
13 August Buddhist Ritual. Engaging our emotions in our spiritual life.
More questions? Get in touch

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.

The Team

Akashagarbha
Akashagarbha
Shraddhanita
Shraddhanita

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).