For the full immersive experience, please do some (or preferably all) of the following:
- sign up to our email list on the right. You will then get an email, and you have to click the link in it to confirm ————————->
- Visit http://www.meetup.com/Broxbourne-Buddhist-Meditation-Meetup/ and click “join us”
- Like our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/broxbournebuddhistgroup/ and like, comment, share the posts
- And of course come along to one of our meetings. Everyone is very welcome including complete beginners.
Drop in class teaching meditation and Buddhism – Thursday evenings – Beginners and experienced – All Welcome!
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.
They are held in a church hall in Turnford. Click here for the location. There is free parking onsite, and 2 minutes walk away from the Turnford Mayfield School bus stop for the 310.
We normally get between 7 and 17 people. Here are some pictures of some of us.
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. There are a few ways of getting in touch:
- You can fill in the contact form on this website
- message me on meetup.com There is a contact button under my photo on the left hand side.
- Message us on Facebook
Take your pick. Or just turn up one Thursday 🙂
Festive greetings to you all
Just a quick note to let you know what is happening at Broxbourne and Hertford Buddhist groups in December.
8/12 – Mangala is coming to lead a discussion about the 8 worldly winds, and also friendship
15/12 – Alex is coming up from his community in Leytonstone to lead the evening. Subject is not yet known.
22/12 – Rob is leading the evening, and continuing the discussion from Vajragupta’s book.
29/12 – Keith is leading the evening, and will be showing some videos of talks after the meditation, and we will also have time for discussion
6/12 – Keith and Leah are leading the evening, which will be about loving speech, and we will also cover the other speech precepts if we get a chance
13/12 – Rob is leading the evening which will be about beneficial activity
20/12 – Rob is leading the evening which will be about exemplification. This will also include some sort of profile raising event, which might have some sort of party atmosphere. People are still giving their ideas to Rob about this.
27/12 – Keith is leading the evening, and will be showing some videos of talks after the meditation, and we will also have time for discussion
Meditation and Sevenfold Puja night at Hertford – Friday 9th Dec – arrive any time after 7pm for a prompt 7.30pm start. Lead by Keith
To attend this special evening, you must have come before and learned how to meditate. There will not be any instruction with the meditation, I will just ring bells.
The puja is a devotional ritual in call and response based around a beautiful eighth century text called the Bodhicaryavatara by Shantideva.
If you participate fully into the experience, it can lead to a wonderful and inspirational feeling of connection with the universe, and our ideals of enlightenment, wisdom, love etc.
That is all for now.
I hope that you have a great Christmas and New Year, and hope to see you soon
Just to let you know what is going on in November. There is some great stuff going on with lots of wonderful guest speakers:
Broxbourne Buddhist Group
3/11 – Alex is visiting from his community in Leytonstone to lead the evening. The provisional title of the discussion in the second half is “”Mindfulness, metta (loving kindness) and their connection – in meditation and daily life”
10/11 – Padmajata is leading some study on the Pali Sutta (discourse of the Buddha) – The Hatthaka Sutta – which explores the four means of unification of the spiritual community – giving, kindly speech, beneficial activity and empathy/exemplficiation. This sutta, where the lay follower Hatthaka talks with the Buddha about how he makes connections with people, gives some insights into how we impact on each other in the sangha (spiritual community), and how to create more effective community.
17/11 – Nandaketu will lead the second half which will be about karma and becoming. This will involve some thought experiments, and a discussion
24/11 – Keith will lead the evening. Not sure yet of the topic – probably Vajragupta’s book
Hertford Buddhist Group
8/11 – Taradasa is leading the evening
15/11 – Mangala is leading the evening
22/11 – Rob is leading the evening – this may well be about conditionality, and the circular and the spiral paths.
29/11 – Rob is leading the evening – this may well be continuing the theme of conditionality from the previous week.
Walthamstow Buddhist Group ( http://www.stowsangha.co.uk/ )
I have recently discovered this nearby Triratna group. They hold a monthly practice night once a month on the last Friday of every month, so the next one is on Friday 25th November. The evening starts with a meal (bring vegetarian food to share). I went to it last week, and it was a great experience. They do not teach meditation on those evenings, so you would need to know how to do both practices.
They might also start a course for beginners at some point, so it is worth getting on their mailing list especially if you live over that side. It is easily accessible from the M11 or A406, and there is free parking after 5pm in the nearby Bedford Road car park.
I hope to see you at some of these
The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness is upon us.
By the way, if you like to listen to guided meditations, I put some links on this page http://broxbournebuddhistgroup.co.uk/downloadable-meditations/
Here is a quick update of what is happening at the Broxbourne and Hertford Buddhist Groups
The London Buddhist Centre is holding their annual urban retreat on 8th to 16th October and we can join in at home by signing up on this page https://www.lbc.org.uk/e…/urban-retreat%3A-going-deeper–319 . It is totally free. You will get daily SMSs and emails from the LBC during the week to support you.
There is also lots of stuff going on at the London Buddhist Centre during the week
And you can also watch some of the highlights on youtube https://www.youtube.com/user/LBCvideosite as they happen
We thought we would try and piggy back off the urban retreat, as Suvarnagarbha is visiting us from Sheffield at the end of that week and is leading a puja and going deeper event on the Sunday.
At Broxbourne, we are not having any guest leaders in October, so I will be leading everything. Meditation, tea break and discussion on how to apply Buddhism in the form of tools to help us live our daily lives more consciously and joyously.
I already have a couple of guest leaders lined up in November though – Alex Crowe and Padmajata.
In Hertford the following is going on
4th October (lead by me)
Meditation practice and introduction to the Going Deeper Week, including discussion of meditation practice, making your own meditation corner or shrine at home, the five precepts of Buddhism, going further and deeper, and picking a Going Deeper buddy.
Meditation practice plus more on Going Deeper – What is the Dharma?
Friday 14th October 7.30 – 9.30pm
Meditation and Puja with Suvarnagarbha
Saturday 15th October – practice day and meeting Suvarnagarbha at Michaels Folly, Henderson Lane, Epping Green (by arrangement)
At the Strawbale Studio – Sunday 16th October 10am – 3pm at Michaels Folly, Henderson Lane, Epping Green (parking limited, please share a lift) Going Deeper Day with Suvarnagarbha; meditation, talk, bring and share lunch, country walk.
I think that is all for now
I hope to see you at some of these.
Just a short note to let you know what is happening
Broxbourne Buddhist Group
The plans below are liable to change. You can usually find out updated info on http://www.meetup.com/Broxbourne-Buddhist-Meditation-Meetup/
We have moved to our new location now, which is very cosy, and it also has its own small car park.
8th, 15th, 29th – I (Keith) will be leading the class. We will have a discussion on spirituality in daily life (right livelihood) most nights, although I will probably play youtube videos one of these nights.
22nd Sep – Nandaketu will be coming to lead an evening based around devotion. We will have discussion and q and a followed by (hopefully) a sevenfold puja (which is a devotional ritual).
Hertford Buddhist Group
The plans below are liable to change. You can usually find out updated info on
6th Sep and introducing Sangharakshita through replays of some of the 75 conversations around significant objects that were recorded with Sraddhanandi for his 90th birthday.
13th Sep and next few Tuesdays after that Rob will be introducing Buddhism through the lens of the three yanas.
EVENT POSTPONED on Friday 30th September. The puja is postponed a couple of weeks to 14th October
Hopefully you can make some of the above
all the best
There are two excellent pdfs with a lot of background information and links about meditation, Buddhism, Triratna etc
Click the links below to open and/or download and/or print:
Contents of Resource Pack 1
where to find…
Recommended reading lists
On-line Dharma talks
Study material (including the Triratna
Dharma Training Course)
Contact details for Triratna Centres
Details about retreats
Dharma material and events for young
Children and schools’ Dharma material
Ask a Buddhist: on-line answers
what we look like
Photos of Triratna Centres
Profiles of people/Order Members
Video clips from around Triratna
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
During Jan and Feb 2016 we are studying the book “Buddhism: Tools for Living Your Life” by Vajragupta.
You do not need to purchase it, as we will give out handouts each week.
But if you want to get it, it is available on Amazon in papaerback and also kindle by clicking here