Events for newcomers

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.

What is Buddhism?

This course introduces you to some of the core teachings of Buddhism and how they are relevant to living our lives today. Using a mix of short talks and friendly inquiry and meditation, we will explore key principles within Buddhism and how these can be applied to making sense of the world around us, and even help us find more fulfilling ways to live. The course will provide an opportunity for open discussion and sharing of experiences, and ask how Buddhism can support you. You do not need to be a Buddhist to take part in the course, just have an open and curious mind. Ideally, you will have some experience of meditation before joining the course, if you are unsure just ask us.

The course will start on Wednesday 23rd February and last for six weeks, taking place in the evening from 7:30-9:30pm at the Shrewsbury Triratna Buddhist Centre. Contact Nagamani to book your place. We ask for a £25 deposit to secure your place and no other course fees are required. (there will be an opportunity to make a donation to the centre if you so wish).

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.