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.
|19 Dec||Mindfulness of Breathing||Introduction: Buddhism and the Triratna Buddhist Community|
|26 Dec||Mettā Bhāvanā||Introduction: Life of the Buddha|
|2 Jan||Mindfulness of Breathing||Introduction: The Three Jewels|
|9 Jan||Mettā Bhāvanā||Ethics: The Preciousness of Life|
|16 Jan||Mindfulness of Breathing||Ethics: Generosity|
|23 Jan||Mettā Bhāvanā||Ethics: Stillness, Simplicity and Contentment|
|30 Jan||Mindfulness of Breathing||Ethics: Wholesome Speech|
|6 Feb||Mettā Bhāvanā||Ethics: Mindfulness and Life Without Intoxication|
|13 Feb||Mindfulness of Breathing||Meditation: System of Practice|
|20 Feb||Mettā Bhāvanā||Meditation: Hindrances and Antidotes|
|27 Feb||Mindfulness of Breathing||Meditation: Access Concentration and Dhyāna|
|6 Mar||Mettā Bhāvanā||Wisdom: Conditionality and The Five Niyāmas|
|13 Mar||Mindfulness of Breathing||Wisdom: Karma and Rebirth|
|20 Mar||Mettā Bhāvanā||Wisdom: The Three Lakṣaṇas|
|This Week||Mindfulness of Breathing||Wisdom: The Four Noble Truths|
|3 Apr||Mettā Bhāvanā||Ritual and Devotion|
|10 Apr||Mindfulness of Breathing||Team Talks|
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.
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.
Of course, though the meditation we teach is itself a Buddhist teaching.
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 Britannia or Napier Road Car Parks, a few minutes walk away, for 50p.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.