Events for newcomers

Resourcing in troubled times: an introduction to Buddhist Meditation

Join us online for a 5-week meditation course running on Thursday evenings starting October 8th and ending November 5th. The sessions run from 7 - 9pm with a tea-break.

Since lockdown in March, our lives have been subject to a level of disruption we may not have experienced before. How do we cope with uncertainty, the loss of activities that give our lives pleasure and meaning, with increased solitude or being with being cooped with the same few people week after week? The answer is partly governed by how well resourced we are, mentally and emotionally.

Meditation allows us to turn inwards and cultivate greater flexibility and resilience in the face of change.

During the course we will explore what meditation is and some of the ways it can help us to work with our minds. You will learn a practice of cultivating calm and steadiness of mind, and another that encourages an appreciation of ourselves and of our connections with others. The atmosphere on the course is friendly and encouraging with ample opportunities to talk with others on the course, and the teachers about your experience.

To take part effectively, you will need an area at home where you can feel undisturbed for the sessions. You don’t need any special meditation equipment, but you will need a laptop or phone to run Zoom. We ask that you commit to put aside 15mins every day during the course, to practice the meditations. No prior experience of meditation is necessary.

We offer all of our Buddhist activities without charge and rely on donations to keep running. However, for our introductory courses to meditation and Buddhism, which have a cap on numbers, we ask for a £25 reservation fee to secure a place. There will be a further request for optional donations during the course.

The course will be led by two ordained Buddhists from the Shrewsbury Triratna Buddhist Centre, Vajrapriya and Vajradevi.

To book, please email Nagamani here.

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 to ask for the Zoom code (we don't publish it to avoid Zoom bombing).

***Please note that there will be no meditation this coming Saturday 3 October***

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.

Please e-mail us here for the code to join the Zoom meeting. We use a static code, so you will only need to do this once.