During the morning we teach two meditation practices: the Mindfulness of Breathing and the Metta Bhavana (cultivation of loving-kindness). Our practices focus on developing calmness, integration, positive emotion, and insight into our human potential. They are tried and tested since the time of the Buddha and totally relevant to all of us wanting a worthwhile life here in the 21st century.
Full instruction is given, including how to find a comfortable way to sit. We also do walking meditation and there’s time to ask questions over a cuppa.
Come and see for yourself!
Also an opportunity for anyone in the Sangha (community of those exploring the Buddha’s teachings) to meditate on a Saturday morning.
The object of meditation is to transform oneself, not to have good meditations. – Sangharakshita
Next dates: (no session in August) 30 Sept, 28 Oct, 25 Nov, 30 Dec.
We also have a Taster Morning on 23 Sept. Just drop in any time between 9.45am-2pm for a meditation, talk or just have a cuppa with us and see the place.
Frequently asked questions
How much does it cost?
We’re keen to develop a culture of generosity so there is no charge for these sessions, but we’ll invite you to give what you can. Of course you don’t have to give anything if you don’t want or can’t afford to, but we hope you’ll be able to contribute appropriately to the running costs of the centre so more people can benefit. As a guideline, we suggest £12 for a Saturday morning class.
Do I need to book?
No need to book, you can just turn up at 10 a.m.
Do I need any previous experience of meditation?
No, these sessions are suitable for complete beginners.
Do I need to be a Buddhist?
No, meditation is helpful for most people – just bring your curiosity!
Will I have to meditate for 3 hours?
No, the actual meditations are 20-30 minutes each. There’s time in the morning for explanation and discussion too.
What should I wear?
You don’t need any special clothes for meditation, just wear comfortable trousers or a loose skirt so you can bend your knees. You can sit on a chair if you dont want to try sitting on cushions or a stool.
What do I need to bring?
You don’t need to bring anything to the class, we have meditation cushions and stools, and will give advice on sitting posture as part of the meditation session.
How can I learn more about meditation?
You can read a little about meditation on our Buddhism & Meditation page, but there’s no substitute for coming along to try it out for yourself!