Due to the current Covid-19 crisis, Newcomers Night has now moved online. See below for instructions
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.
Diagram outlining Buddhism can be found here.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Suggested Donation: $15 / $10 / $5 Donate here.
How To Join
Use a PC or Mac
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.
Buddhist Meditation and teachings — 12 week series led by Shraddhanita
|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.|
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).