We are holding a drop in class teaching Buddhist meditation and also exploring Buddhism as a spiritual path.
Thursday evenings. Please arrive any time from 7.00pm onwards for a prompt 7.30pm start. Not a problem if you are late or have to leave early, just sit down or get up quietly. We normally finish about 9.45pm.
Our first and second meetings both had 14 people. Here is a picture of some of us.
They are held in a church hall in Turnford.
Please join http://www.meetup.com/Broxbourne-Buddhist-Meditation-Meetup to be emailed updates about this, and also future courses. This is totally free. It also helps us build a community, and connect with each other. Please RSVP yes if you are coming to a meeting, as other people are more likely to come if they see a lot of people RSVPing.
We teach two traditional methods of meditation:
1) Mindfulness of Breathing (this is a basic mindfulness meditation. As your thoughts gradually quieten down, you enter a deeper, richer, space).
2) Metta Bhavana (allowing loving kindness to arise, and directing it towards ourselves, a good friend, a neutral person, someone we don’t like, and expand outwards to all beings in the Universe).
If we do mindfulness of breathing on one week, then we usually teach metta bhavana the following week, as it is important to do both.
If you practise these meditations regularly, and set up the right conditions, they will start to affect your daily life, which can lead to feeling lighter, happier, more joyous, kinder etc
The classes are taught in a Buddhist context, but you do not have to “be a Buddhist”, or even know anything about Buddhism.
The classes do build on each other, and you will go deeper into the practices if you come to several of them. But at the same time I will try and keep them all as self contained as possible, so you can drop in and out, as you please.
You do not need to bring anything. We will sit on chairs (which I prefer), but if you have a meditation stool or meditation cushions, you are welcome to bring those if you want.
The first half of the class will be a lead meditation, then we will have a tea and biscuit break, then in the second half we will explore our experience in the meditation together, answer any questions, and there will be some teaching and discussion on meditation and/or Buddhism.
The classes are free of charge, but if you could possibly contribute towards the room costs, this would be greatly appreciated. Suggested donation is £5.
Please contact me if you have any questions, or just want to introduce yourself. You can fill in the contact form on this website, or alternatively message me on meetup.com There is a contact button under my photo on the left hand side.
Please come along to as many of the meetings listed below as you can. We are building a very friendly and lively community of friends.
Everyone will get a very warm welcome including newcomers who have never meditated before, and who know nothing about Buddhism.
Also if you used to come, and have not been for a bit, then please come back. We miss you 🙂
Broxbourne Buddhist Group – Thursdays
We are at a new location – St Clement’s Church Hall in Cheshunt Wash, Turnford. EN8 0LU. Doors are open 7pm to 10pm. Class starts promptly at 7.30pm and ends at 9.45pm . If you need to arrive late, or leave early, this is OK.
There is a car park in the grounds. In the unlikely event that that is full, then plese park in the estate opposite. Do NOT park in the council Turnford Brook car park near the Lea Valley as this will get locked.
1/9 – Class lead by Mangala. Discussion will be our daily life combining the properties of calm and activity
8/9 – theme not yet decided
15/9 – theme not yet decided
22/9 – class lead by Nandaketu from the Hornchurch group. Topic will be devotion, and it will probably include a seven fold puja.
Hertford Buddhist Group – Tuesdays
theme of classes not yet decided
In addition to the above we have a sub-35 group, dharma study by skype, going deeper group, and meditation and puja evening.
Please message myself email@example.com or Rob firstname.lastname@example.org or via meetup for more information
where to find…
Recommended reading lists
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Study material (including the Triratna
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Ask a Buddhist: on-line answers
what we look like
Photos of Triratna Centres
Profiles of people/Order Members
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more about Triratna
FWBO/Triratna History and archives
What is a Mitra?
Asking for Ordination
Contents of Resource Pack 2
This Pack complements this Resource Pack and includes short introductions to meditation and
Buddhism as practiced in the Triratna Buddhist Community, plus the text of the main ceremonies used.
a short introduction to meditation
a short introduction to Buddhism
a short introduction to the Triratna Buddhist Community
basic Triratna texts
The Threefold Puja
The Dedication Ceremony
The Sevenfold Puja
the Refuges and Precepts
The Heart Sutra