Events for newcomers

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 for the first time since lockdown. 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.

What is meditation?

Buddhist meditation is an age-old practice which can help you experience yourself more deeply and fully at the levels of body, speech and mind as a means to greater happiness and fulfilment in your life.

We will be offering a new round of courses in meditation and Buddhism starting in September. Please watch this space and our Facebook page here.


The Mindfulness of Breathing

This is an ancient meditation technique , said to have been practised by the Buddha himself in the run-up to his Enlightenment, which uses the breath as an object of absorption. The benefits of this meditation include enhanced mindfulness of our body, emotions and thoughts, which will enable us to respond more creatively in situations in which we might otherwise react instantly with aversion or craving. We will also experience higher levels of wellbeing and a decrease in our tendency to become distracted. The clarity of mind we will cultivate will also allow us to investigate the nature of our experience more fully - in particular, the destructive forces of greed, hatred and spiritual ignorance which power and perpetuate our suffering - and to progressively work on weakening them.

The Metta Bhavana

"Metta" means something like "loving-kindness" or "well-wishing", and "bhavana" cultivation: this beautiful and profound practice will help us weaken the forces of ill-will and indifference and to cultivate a boundless heart of well-wishing for all sentient life. It is described in the scriptures as akin to the feeling a mother has for her only child, multiplied infinitely and applied to all beings. The benefits of this hardly need to be stated; suffice to say, we will develop a radically different relationship with beings - especially people - that is characterised by empathy, positive regard and well-wishing.