Events for newcomers

Learn to meditate

Meditation can lead to greater freedom, happiness, and insight into the nature of human consciousness.

The next introductory course will start on 8 September and run for 6 weeks. See below for contact details.

Guided meditation

Drop in every Saturday morning at 11 am (currently on Zoom) for thorough instruction and guidance in our two core meditation practices, the Mindfulness of Breathing and the Metta Bhavana. Please click here for the Zoom link to join (the link will take you directly to the session) or enter into your device browser bar.

Meditation course starting in September

The next six-week meditation course starts on Wednesday 8 September, hopefully in person in the Centre! Please contact Nagamani to find out more and to book.

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.