Learn meditation – start here:
- Six-week evening courses on Wednesdays: Meditation Foundation, or Introduction – around six courses a year. Next one starts on 2nd May then 27th June
- One-day Saturday courses: Introduction to Meditation – every few weeks. Next is 12th May then 14th July
- Daily lunchtime classes: A Taste of Meditation – Monday to Friday 1 – 2pm, no need to book. Popular and informal – a good place to start
- Tuesday to Thursday tea-time classes – every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 5.45 – 6.45pm. Same as lunchtimes, no need to book
- Another option – meditation is also included in our Tools for Living your Life Buddhism classes most Saturdays, 11am – 1pm. No need to book
- See the boxes below for booking details, handouts and led meditations from the meditation courses
Upcoming meditation classes
Our courses cover the essential aspects of Buddhist meditation. We focus on practice, and explore:
- The two great stages of Buddhist meditation: calm and insight
- How to sit in a meditation posture that will support comfort and alertness
- Two meditation practices: the mindfulness of breathing and the cultivation of friendliness and kindness
- MThe benefits of developing concentration and absorption
- The benefits of developing friendliness and kindness
- Moving from the thinking mode of mind to the sensing mode
- How to let go of thoughts in meditation
Our teachers are ordained members of the Triratna Buddhist Order and those preparing for ordination. They are well-trained and experienced practitioners, communicating from their own experience. You can find some of them in Who’s Who.
How to book, what to bring
Some of our courses need to be booked in advance please. You can book online or by phone with a credit or debit card, or in person with cash or card. Find booking details and prices for each course in What’s on.
Do I need to bring anything?
You don’t need to bring or wear anything special. Comfortable clothing is helpful for sitting in meditation, but chairs are just as good as mats, and we have both. You might also want some socks as we take our shoes off in the meditation halls.
Handouts for our meditation courses are freely available here in printable pdf format
Six-week Foundation Course
- The Purpose and Aim of Buddhist Meditation
- Mindfulness of Breathing
- Ten Benefits of Breathing Meditation
- More on the First Great Stage of Meditation
- From Thinking to Sensing
Led meditations from the six-week course
Download or click and play here
- Week 1 – Introduction to Mindfulness of Breathing
- Week 1 – Mindfulness of Breathing Stages 1 and 2
- Week 2 – Mindfulness of Breathing Stages 1 to 3
- Week 3 – Mindfulness of Breathing: All Four Stages
- Week 3 – Metta Bhavana: Stages 1, 2, & 5
- More to follow
What is Meditation?
Meditation can transform our lives
Many things in life are beyond our control, but we can take responsibility for our own states of mind and change them for the better. According to Buddhism this is the most important thing we can do.
Meditation is a means of transforming the mind. It can help us develop concentration, clarity, emotional positivity, and a calm seeing of the true nature of things. By engaging with meditation practice you learn the patterns and habits of your mind, and cultivate new, more positive ways of being. With regular work and patience, such experiences can have a transformative effect and lead to a new understanding of life.
In our introductory classes we teach two traditional Buddhist meditations:
- Mindfulness of breathing to develop awareness
- Loving-kindness meditation or Metta Bhavana for positivity
Two Traditional Meditation Practices
Mindfulness of breathing meditation
This practice helps us become calmer, more centred and concentrated, taking the breath as the object of attention and noticing it coming and going in a relaxed, open way. Settling the attention on the breath lets our mind quieten down and awareness deepen.
The mindfulness that develops from this helps us to keep a continuous flow of attention to what is happening in each moment.
Mindfulness is body and mind fully engaged in a state of clarity and positivity that saturates and colours the whole of our experienceSangharakshita
Mindfulness of Breathing
Traditionally called the Metta Bhavana, this meditation practice helps us to develop a gentle transformation in our emotional life. Through wishing ourselves and others happiness and well-being, we can become more emotionally positive, kind, and compassionate.
You are deeply concerned for their well-being, happiness, and prosperity…When you feel this loving-kindness you want them to be not just happy but deeply happy; you have a strong desire for their true welfare, growth and progressSangharakshita
Deepen your experience of meditation
After you’ve done some taster classes and an introductory meditation course, you may want to take your meditation practice to deeper levels. You can:
- Take a Buddhism course and put meditation in context. Learn about how ethical living can support our meditation
- Meditation Club: monthly practice sessions once you have six months experience – see calendar for dates
- Weekend meditation events: local and visiting teachers lead workshops at weekends from time to time, to help deepen our practice and answer questions that arise from it
- Retreats: an ideal way of going deeper with your meditation with more silence and space
- Use the meditation halls: drop in and meditate during the week. One of the rooms is usually available, although it’s safest to check first with reception
Friendly, experienced, intelligent facilitators provide clear, interactive teaching interspersed with practical instruction of high quality. Since starting my first course I have noticed definite positive changes in several areas of my life
Meditate – do not delay, lest you later regret itThe Buddha
Opening Times & more
Opening times:Mon - Thurs: 10am - 7pm
Fri: 10am - 5.30pm
Sat: 10am - 5pm
Bank hols - see calendar
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