We are holding a drop in class teaching Buddhist meditation and also exploring Buddhism as a spiritual path.
Thursday evenings from 24th March onwards in the Huntingdon Suite. Please arrive any time from 7.00pm onwards for a prompt 7.20pm 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 room at the Broxbourne Council Offices in Cheshunt. Click here for more information and a map.
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. Safety in numbers 🙂
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.
Note: There is no class on 5th May, as our room is being used for the election.
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.