Most Saturdays*, 11:00am - 1:00pm.
The morning takes place in two halves. In the first half, we will introduce one of our meditation practices. After a short tea break we will look at an aspect of Buddhism with an opportunity for discussion.
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 11 topics that we cycle through, covering Buddhist ethics and meditation theory. While you are welcome to start coming at any point in the cycle, you will get the most out of the class to start coming towards the beginning of a 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. Each week we alternate between the two practices.
The meditations are led, but usually aimed at a slightly more advanced level than our Newcomers Night or Lunchtime Drop-in classes. If you are new to meditation, please let a member of the team know and we can give a more detailed instruction.
* From time to time, there may be breaks when there is a weekend retreat or a centre Open Day. Be sure to check the programme below for details.
The class is best suited for those who have learned both of the meditations we teach by coming on Newcomers Night or an Introductory Course.
No - just turn up!
Absolutely. Though of course you'll get those most out of the class by attending the whole series, there's no need to wait until the start of the next series if you want to start coming.
We start fairly promptly 11am. You're welcome to arrive any time from 10:45am, but please try to not arrive before then as the team may still be setting up.
We don't charge for our classes, and the team are not paid for their time. 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, based on how many people come and how much it costs to run the centre, is £7, but this is not a fixed cost and everyone is equally welcome, even if you cannot give anything at all.
We can take donations by card or cash.
We're just off St. Botolph's Roundabout, across from the Colchester Town Station, just to the left of Mersea Road. Parking is available in Napier Road Car Park (first right off Mersea Road), a few minutes walk away, for £1.50.Find Us
We were greeted by Amalaketu, who runs most of what the centre does, and also the Saturday morning class. He welcomed us into their session so warmly, and taught us a lot in that small amount of time about meditation, awareness, a few teachings and so much more.
Absolutely love this place - highly recommend to anyone who wants to explore the art of meditation.
What a wonderful atmosphere that's been created here. I went to the lunchtime drop in meditation yesterday as my first visit and really enjoyed the experience! Everyone made me feel welcome and the meditation was explained and guided brilliantly. Also a lovely selection of books!
Absolutely lovely location and place to reconnect. So many purposeful and good services are offered here. Great location and a big place too - lovely staff and incredibly humble, kind and helpful. A must visit.
A warm, welcoming, calm and relaxed atmosphere. The Buddhist Centre offers the perfect antidote to the hectic modern lives that we lead.
A warm, friendly, supportive, and mentally stimulating environment. The meditation practices I have learned and the study classes I have attended have radically transformed my life for the better.