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 15 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.
|13th December||Mindfulness of Breathing||Wisdom: The Three Lakṣaṇas|
|20th December||Mettā Bhāvanā||Wisdom: The Four Noble Truths|
|27th December||Mindfulness of Breathing||The Three Jewels|
|3rd January||Mettā Bhāvanā||Two Short Talks - Personal Experiences with Buddhism|
|10th January||Mindfulness of Breathing||Ritual and Devotion in Buddhism|
|17th January||Mettā Bhāvanā||Buddhism and the Triratna Buddhist Community|
|24th January||Mindfulness of Breathing||Ethics: The Preciousness of Life|
|31st January||Mettā Bhāvanā||Ethics: Generosity|
|7th February||Mindfulness of Breathing||Ethics: Stillness, Simplicity and Contentment|
|14th February||Mettā Bhāvanā||Ethics: Wholesome Speech|
|21st February||Mindfulness of Breathing||Ethics: Mindfulness and Life Without Intoxication|
|28th February||Mettā Bhāvanā||Meditation: More on Meditation - Part 1|
|7th March||Mindfulness of Breathing||Meditation: More on Meditation - Part 2|
|14th March||Mettā Bhāvanā||Wisdom: Conditionality|
|21st March||Mindfulness of Breathing||Wisdom: Karma & Rebirth|
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