The Buddha’s reputation is as an exemplar of peace and kindness. The Buddha addressed his teaching towards each person according to their needs and this is what Triratna attempts to continue to do.
During the morning we lead three meditation practices: the Mindfulness of Breathing, walking meditation and the Metta Bhavana (cultivation of loving-kindness). These practices focus on developing calmness, integration, positive emotion, and insight into human potential.
Full instruction is given, including how to find a comfortable way to sit for meditation. Plus an opportunity to ask questions about any aspect of Buddhism or Triratna over a cuppa.
Whether you are new or familiar with Triratna meditation practices, you are very welcome to join us – you never know; you might experience something afresh.
The object of meditation is to transform oneself, not to have good meditations. – Sangharakshita
Next dates: no session in Dec, 27 Jan (Taster Morning), 17 Feb, further dates in 2018 tbc
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 £15 for a Saturday morning class.
Do I need to book?
No need to book, you can just turn up at 10am.
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 many 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 don’t 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.