We run introductory days and evening courses. Please see below for our listed events. You can book our courses by clicking on the EventBrite button below each listed event. If you are unable to book online please see our bookings page for further information.
Introduction to Buddhist Meditation day
- Sunday 5th March (11am – 4pm)
- Sunday 14th May (11am – 4pm)
- Sunday 25th June (11am – 4pm)
Cost: £35/25 (concession)
On this one day course we will introduce the Mindfulness of Breathing and Loving Kindness Meditation practices, which can help us develop more calm, clarity and self awareness as well as emotional qualities such as warmth, care, and contentment. No prior experience is required.
Introduction to Meditation & Buddhism day
- Sunday 9th April (11am – 4pm)
Cost: £35/25 (concession)
This day is a great introduction to some of the foundation teachings and practices of Buddhism. You will begin to understand what unites the Buddhist world, a world that can seem confusingly varied. But throughout the diversity there is a thread of common philosophy and practice that is distinctively ‘Buddhist’. Such themes as the Four Noble Truths, the Three Fold Path and the Life of the Buddha will inform the day, while clearly taught meditation practices will give you an opportunity to start putting the theory into practice. An excellent introduction for those interested in the Buddhist Path as a living tradition.
Introduction to Buddhist Meditation (Evening course)
- Thursdays, 2nd March – 6th April (7.30 – 9.30pm) with Vidyakara
On this six week course we will introduce two meditation practices, one in which we focus on the breath to help develop more concentration, mindfulness and calm and the other in which we evoke ‘positive emotions’, such as warmth, confidence and care for ourselves and others. As well as practising the methods themselves we will also be discussing the principles involved, such as the practice of mindfulness on and off the cushion; posture and body awareness; specific focus and broader observation of our experience; balancing effort with relaxation and the role of imagination in encouraging healthier emotions. No prior knowledge is required.
The Buddhist Path to Freedom (Evening course)
- Thursdays, 20th April – 25th May (7.30 – 9.30pm), with Suriyavamsa
On this course we will introduce the basic principles of Buddhism and will discuss the relevance of them to our everyday lives. Topics will include the The Four Noble Truths, (universal suffering, its cause, eradication and gradual cure) the role of mindfulness in spiritual practice and the three-fold path of Ethics, Meditation and Wisdom. We will also give instruction in the Mindfulness of Breathing and the Metta Bhavana (Loving Kindness) meditation techniques, which are effective in developing qualities such as calm, concentration, self awareness, warmth, care and contentment.