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.
We will help you to set up in good posture and give a fully led practice, so there is no need for any previous experience.
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. Each week will stand alone so there is no need for any previous knowledge.
We strongly encourage attendence in person to get the most out of your engagement, but for those whom physical attendence is a problem or during Covid restrictions, we also offer online participation via Zoom. Just click this link to join.
Approaching the Buddha
|4 May||Approaching the Buddha I: Introduction|
|11 May||Approaching the Buddha II: The Buddha's Victories|
|18 May||Approaching the Buddha III: Stories from the Buddha's Life|
|25 May||Buddha Day Puja|
|1 June||Approaching the Buddha IV: The Mythic Buddha|
|8 June||Approaching the Buddha V: Symbols of Enlightenment|
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to book?
No, just turn up!
What should I wear?
There are no special requirements, just whatever is comfortable to sit in
Do I need to be a Buddhist?
No, the class is suitable for everyone who wants to learn about Buddhism, or just to meditate.
Can I come just for the meditation?
Of course! The meditation part of the evening will finish around 7:30pm.
What time should I show up?
The meditation will start at 6:45pm. You're welcome to turn up any time from 6:30pm.
How much does the class cost?
We don't charge a fixed price for our classes but instead invite you to make a donation to the centre to help us cover our running costs.
A donation of $10-20 would help us to cover our costs, but everyone is equally welcome, even if you cannot give anything at all.
We are a non-profit organisation and support charities such as the ITBCI School for Tibetan refugee children.
You can give cash on the night or make a transfer to the following bank account: BSB: 313140 / Account: 12113931
Is it possible to participate online?
We strongly encourage attendance in person to get the most out of your engagement, but for those whom physical attendence is a problem we also offer online participation via Zoom. See above for the link to join.
What is a Puja?
A devotional ritual which invokes a sequence of spiritually beneficial moods, helping us bring our emotional side as well as our thinking side into our practice. It involves speaking in call and response and some simple chanting, so anyone can take part or just observe, as you feel comfortable.
Where to Find Us
We meet at the Anthroposophic Book Centre in Halifax Street.