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A Taste of Freedom I - an introduction to Buddhist meditation

Come and join us for a six-week course starting on Monday 12th September at 7.30 pm. Get to know your own mind and discover how you can start to free yourself from the shackles of suffering caused by unhelpful habits and negative mental and emotional states. You will learn some straightforward techniques that have the potential to change your life – and give you a taste of freedom.

The course is open to adults only. We would ask for a deposit payment of £25 to secure your place; we try to operate a generosity-based system rather than charging a fixed sum, so any extra payment on top of that will be at your own discretion. Please contact Nagamani by email to book a place or to find out more.

A Taste of Freedom II - an introduction to the basic teachings of Buddhism

In this six-week course starting at 7.30 pm on Monday 7th November, we'll be exploring the radical teachings of the Buddha , which are just as relevant as they were 2500 years ago. What do the teachings have to say about the link between our ethical conduct and the suffering we experience? How do we find meaning in our lives? How can we be truly fulfilled in an imperfect world? How can we be agents for the good in a world full of suffering? For answers to these and other questions, book a place on our course by sending an email to Nagamani.

The course is open to adults only. We would ask for a deposit payment of £25 to secure your place; we try to operate a generosity-based system rather than charging a fixed sum, so any extra payment on top of that will be at your own discretion.

Guided meditation

We're really pleased to be offering in-person meditation taster sessions. Simply show up at the centre for 10am on any Saturday (please note the earlier time), and you will be offered full guidance on how to sit for meditation and given the tools you need to generate clearer and more positive mental and emotional states. Comfy clothing is recommended. The classes are free of charge but we welcome donations for the upkeep of the centre and will shortly be providing a facility to take card payments.

Please note there will be no online element to this class; it will be live in person only.

About the Triratna Buddhist community in Shrewsbury, Shropshire

We believe that the Dharma, which is the traditional term for both the teachings of the Buddha and the truth they are intended to convey, offers a path of liberation from all forms of emotional and mental suffering. It is to tell people about that path and offer them tools and methods to practise it that our Buddhist centre exists. The path broadly consists of Ethics, Meditation and Wisdom as means of fundamental self-transformation.

In our community, we try to exemplify that path by following the Buddhist ethical precepts - all of which are ultimately an expression of love - by meditating and studying the Dharma and by reflecting on our experience to gain insight into life's true nature. We also teach meditation and Dharma in a range of public classes and courses. Please click here to see our activities for newcomers.

Because we believe that everyone and anyone can benefit from them, we welcome everyone to our classes, regardless of religious belief or the lack of it, gender or gender identification, sexual orientation, age, race, class, whether able-bodied or disabled.

Our community also sets out a clear path of commitment for those who are interested in taking things further. We encourage even fairly new people to get involved in our teams to help others coming along for the first time. Some people choose to become Mitras ("Friends") - a Mitra being someone commits to deepening their practice of the Dharma in the Triratna Community in the context of a simple ritual. Others go a step further and join the Triratna Buddhist Order, a body of women and men who have undertaken to place the practise of Buddhism at the heart of their lives.

Whatever your level of interest and desire for involvement, you will get a warm welcome from us.

Please click here to listen to any of our recorded talks.

Make a donation

One of Buddhism's key practices is generosity (dana). Giving is an important way of overcoming self-centredness and an expression of loving-kindness (metta).

We have a range of financial obligations to meet, including repaying our purchase loans and paying utility bills. If you would like to make a donation, especially if you feel you've benefited from what we offer, please click here. You don't need a PayPal account to donate. Thank you!