Dharma Morning

Most Saturdays*, 10:30am - 1:00pm.

Please note the class is now starting at 10:30am rather than 11am.

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.

Talks

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.

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. 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.

Programme

Date Subject
7 Jul Ethics: The Preciousness of Life
14 Jul No Class
This Week Ethics: Stillness, Simplicity and Contentment
28 Jul Ethics: Wholesome Speech
4 Aug Ethics: Mindfulness and Life Without Intoxication
11 Aug Meditation: System of Practice
18 Aug 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

Frequently Asked Questions

What time should I get there?

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.

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.

Do I need to book?

No - just turn up!

What should I wear?

There's no special requirements, just whatever is comfortable to sit in.

Is it okay to join in the middle of the series?

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.

How much does the class cost?

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.

Learn more about donations

The Team

Amalaketu
Amalaketu
Sthiranaga
Sthiranāga
Sujayini
Sujayinī

Where to Find Us

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.

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