Meditation for Beginners| Wed 7:30pm

Meditation for Beginners| Wed 7:30pm

An introduction to Buddhist meditation.

Wednesdays | 7:30 – 8:30pm. Hybrid  event (online and in person spaces).

Our beginners classes are a great way to sample meditation for the first time or to get refreshing support and clarity to help you set up a regular practice.

No need to book if attending online (TBC), to attend in person we are currently operating a booking system. Book an online place by signing up to our website and booking on the ‘events’ page.

Full instructions will be given including how to sit comfortably in a chair or on cushions on the floor. We’ll introduce our meditation practices, one each week – either the mindfulness of breathing which develops calm, focus and wholeheartedness, or a loving kindness (metta bhavana) meditation which develops emotional strength.

There is plenty of time for questions and discussion.

Why meditate? Some of our meditators share their experience here

You don’t need any special clothes for meditation, just wear comfortable trousers or a loose skirt so you can bend your knees.

What do I need to do to prepare?
Find somewhere quiet to sit and let anyone else in your household know that you are going to meditate so you would prefer not to be disturbed. You might want to get ready a comfortable seat, or meditation cushions or a meditation stool. We will give advice on sitting posture as part of the meditation session.

Do I need any previous experience of meditation?
No, these sessions are suitable for complete beginners and anyone wanting to refresh their practice.


Advayamati offering guidance on setting up a meditation posture (Part one)

Advayamati offering guidance on setting up a meditation posture (Part two)

/ - Wed Nov 3rd 2021
7:30pm - 8:30pm
/ - Wed Nov 10th 2021
7:30pm - 8:30pm
/ - Wed Nov 17th 2021
7:30pm - 8:30pm
/ - Wed Nov 24th 2021
7:30pm - 8:30pm

Body-Dharma (mindful yoga) | Sun 9:30am

‘Sensitive to the whole body’ is one of the Buddha’s ‘pith instructions’.  What might it mean to us? How can we become more sensitive to the life of our body and breath? In this class we explore this question.

Sundays 9:30-10:30am with Advayamati | Open to all | Hybrid (in person & online)

UPDATE! Starting from 3rd October

In person at the centre. Book your place by finding the event on our ‘events’ page and signing up!

(TBC if this is to be an online hybrid event too. (Join us via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83787627639)

Body-dharma yoga is a ‘still flowing’ form of Hatha yoga that incorporates Vinyasa flow, Scaravelli inspiration, somatic approach with a ‘practical’ mindfulness. These aid the integration of mind, body and spirit using the yoga of curiosity and letting go.

Trained yoga teacher Advayamati brings his experience of many years practice, leading workshops and retreats that combine shiatsu and energy work with teaching Buddhism and embodied mindfulness.


- Wed Nov 17th 2021
9:45am - 12:15pm
- Thu Nov 18th 2021
9:45am - 1:00pm
- Fri Nov 19th 2021
9:45am - 1:00pm
/ - Sun Nov 21st 2021
9:30am - 10:30am
/ - Sun Nov 28th 2021
9:30am - 10:30am

Intro/Follow-on Courses: Wisdom that Frees | 25 Sept 2021

Finding Freedom in a Restricted World

A Buddhism and meditation course

Introductory Course:

Saturday 25th Sept | 10am – midday | for 6 weeks

(Next course starts in January – day and time TBC)

Uncover genuine ease, contentment and meaning in life through exploring profound yet simple teachings. Come together with others to learn, discuss and discover the means to uncover how to become the change you want to see.

Each session will be partly introducing meditation and partly about the Buddhist context, that helps meditation to be a real power for change. There will be input from the experienced teaching team plus an opportunity for small group discussion. Each week we will email you material to follow up the session and to take your understanding and experience deeper.  

No charge but we welcome your donations to keep us up and running.

This is a hybrid event (in person and online spaces)

Email us to register: maureen@bristol-buddhist-centre.org


Follow on course:

Saturday 6th November | 10am – midday | for 6 weeks

Open to all who’ve done an intro course with us at any time.

Establish a regular meditation practice and integrate the teachings you find helpful into your daily life. We will be exploring the classic Buddhist teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path for these practical and engaging sessions. This 6 week course combines teaching, discussion and meditation.

This is a hybrid event (in person and online spaces)

No charge but we welcome your donations to keep us up and running.

Email us to register: maureen@bristol-buddhist-centre.org

Let us know if you’d like to attend in person or online. Please only book in person if you feel really sure that you will be able to take up the space reserved for you and you expect to be able to attend every week.  Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 

People of Colour

We welcome everyone to our classes. Some people of African, Asian, mixed heritage or other non-white identifications may find these particular classes at the London Buddhist Centre and The Buddhist Centre Online supportive alongside our Bristol classes:

London Buddhist Centre Sundays 4 – 5.30pm via zoom

Welcoming Liberation – Last Saturday of the month

To connect locally, contact Advayamati: advayamati@gmail.com

Watch/listen to Advayamati’s reflections on Black Lives Matter:

‘I’m black, I’m white, I’m Jewish, I’m Buddhist” –

Learn to Meditate

The object of meditation is to transform oneself, not to have good meditations – Sangharakshita

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 the Triratna Buddhist Community continues to do.

Our main practices include the Mindfulness of Breathing, the Metta Bhavana (loving-kindness) and just sitting. These practices focus on developing calmness, integration, positive emotion, and insight into human potential.

Join our Wednesday evening ‘Meditation for Beginners’ class (7:30 – 8:30pm). Book an in person space on our website through the ‘events’ page, or join us online.

FAQs

How much does it cost?
We invite you to give what you can to support us to keep providing classes for others – Donate here

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 curiosity!

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.

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.

Bristol Buddhist Centre, 162 Gloucester Rd, Bishopston, Bristol, BS7 8NT
0117 924 9991

info@bristol-buddhist-centre.org

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