Newcomers Night

Every Wednesday, 7:00pm - 9:30pm.

The evening takes place in two halves. In the first half, we explore one of two Buddhist meditations. After a short tea break, we will introduce another aspect of Buddhism with an opportunity for discussion.


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 class will split into two groups, a smaller group for those who are new to meditation and another group for those who attend the class regularly. In the beginners group, we will help you to set up in good posture and give a fully led practice. Once you have been coming a while, the main group will explore different techniques and ways of approaching the practices.


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, followed by breaking into smaller groups for discussion.

We have a set series of 17 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.


Date Meditation Talk Subject
17 Apr Mindfulness of Breathing Introduction: Buddhism and the Triratna Buddhist Community
24 Apr Mettā Bhāvanā Introduction: Life of the Buddha
1 May Mindfulness of Breathing Introduction: The Three Jewels
8 May Mettā Bhāvanā Ethics: The Preciousness of Life
15 May Mindfulness of Breathing Ethics: Generosity
22 May Mettā Bhāvanā Ethics: Stillness, Simplicity and Contentment
This Week Mindfulness of Breathing Ethics: Wholesome Speech
5 Jun Mettā Bhāvanā Ethics: Mindfulness and Life Without Intoxication
12 Jun Mindfulness of Breathing Meditation: System of Practice
19 Jun Mettā Bhāvanā Meditation: Hindrances and Antidotes
26 Jun Mindfulness of Breathing Meditation: Access Concentration and Dhyāna
3 Jul Mettā Bhāvanā Wisdom: Conditionality and The Five Niyāmas
10 Jul Mindfulness of Breathing Wisdom: Karma and Rebirth
17 Jul Mettā Bhāvanā Wisdom: The Three Lakṣaṇas
24 Jul Mindfulness of Breathing Wisdom: The Four Noble Truths
31 Jul Mettā Bhāvanā Ritual and Devotion
7 Aug Mindfulness of Breathing Team Talks

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 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.

Can I just come for the meditation?

Of course, though the meditation we teach is itself a Buddhist teaching.

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.

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The Team


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 Britannia or Napier Road Car Parks, a few minutes walk away, for 50p.

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What People Say

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.


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