Please click here to go to the meditation page if you want to learn to meditate, or deepen your practice
If you want to join our online community, please do some (or preferably all) of the following:
And of course come along to one of our meetings. Everyone is very welcome including complete beginners.
We 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 very 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.
We practise 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.
I would definitely recommend that you meditate every day – maybe start at 10 minutes a day , then fairly quickly increase to 20 minutes a day. You will find meditating for 20 minutes a day makes a tangible difference. And then you can make it longer, as suits your lifestyle.
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 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. It is definitely not about believing in anything. There is no “God” in Buddhism, and we learn from our own experience rather than believing things because it is in some ancient scripture, or because a guru told us to believe it.
The classes are free of charge, but if you could possibly contribute towards the room (and other) costs, this would be greatly appreciated. Suggested donation is £5. We are not funded from outside, we have to cover all the costs ourselves for this class to continue.
Please contact me if you have any questions, or just want to introduce yourself. There are a few ways of getting in touch:
Take your pick. Or just turn up one Thursday 🙂