Most Saturdays*, 10:30am - 1:00pm.
The morning takes place in two halves. In the first half, we will 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.
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.
|7 Jul||Ethics: The Preciousness of Life|
|14 Jul||No Class|
|21 Jul||Ethics: Stillness, Simplicity and Contentment|
|28 Jul||Ethics: Wholesome Speech|
|4 Aug||Ethics: Mindfulness and Life Without Intoxication|
|11 Aug||Meditation: System of Practice|
|This Week||Meditation: Hindrances and Antidotes|
|25 Aug||Meditation: Access Concentration and Dhyāna|
|1 Sep||Meditation: Mindfulness of Breathing|
|8 Sep||Meditation: Mettā Bhāvanā|
|15 Sep||Ritual & Devotion|
|22 Sep||No Class|
|29 Sep||No Class|
We start fairly promptly 10:30m. You're welcome to arrive any time from 10:15am, but please try to not arrive before then as the team may still be setting up. If you arrive late, feel free to use the doorbell and a team member will come and let you in.
The class is especially suited for people who are completely new to meditation and Buddhism, and suitable for everyone, regardless of your religious beliefs.
No - just turn up!
There's no special requirements, just whatever is comfortable to sit in.
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 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