A Very Short Introduction to Buddhism

Next introductory evening: Wednesday 8th of November 19:30 to 21:30

A brief introduction to Buddhist teachings and meditation, suitable for complete beginners.

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Programme September to December 2017

REGULARS’ GROUP (Wednesdays 19:30 to 21:30)

The regulars group is open to anyone who has been on an introductory course or who is already familiar with Buddhism and meditation. Evenings marked INTRODUCTION are suitable for complete beginners.

06 Sep  Alan – Biased? Me?
13 Sep  Nigel – The 7 factors for enlightenment
20 Sep  Julian – What’s metta got to do, got to do with it?
27 Sep  Nigel – Go with the flow

04 Oct  Cliff – The Aggi Sutta
11 Oct  Double meditation
18 Oct  Nigel – How to prosper
25 Oct  Alan – On loneliness

01 Nov Eszter – Being your own god
08 Nov  INTRODUCTION A very short introduction to Buddhism
15 Nov  Nigel – Creating worlds
22 Nov  Nigel – How do I do it?
29 Nov  Cliff – The suffering of others

06 Dec  Talk by Orla
13 Dec  Talk by Julian
20 Dec  Winter celebration
27 Dec  no meeting

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Programme May – August 2017

REGULARS’ GROUP (Wednesdays 19:30 to 21:30)

The regulars group is open to anyone who has been on an introductory course or who is already familiar with Buddhism and meditation. Evenings marked INTRODUCTION are suitable for complete beginners.

03 May  The eightfold path – Nigel
10 May  Walking the path – Nigel
17 May  Refuges and precepts – Alan
24 May  The Ānāpānasati Sutta – Alan
31 May  The same but different, but the same – Nigel

07 Jun  Don’t get mad, get dhamma! Anger management in the suttas – Shona
14 Jun  The Saraniya Sutta: the principles of cordiality – Julian
21 Jun  Summer celebration – Alan
28 Jun  The eight worldly winds – Nigel

05 Jul  Dharma Day – Alan
12 Jul  Life is not an easy ride – Cliff
19 Jul  Buddhism at work – Eszter
26 Jul  The four elements – Julian

02 Aug  Sigalovāda Sutta pt2 – David
09 Aug  INTRODUCTION A very short introduction to Buddhism – Alan
16 Aug  The five precepts – Nigel
23 Aug  Right speech – Nigel
30 Aug  Jhāna – Nigel

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Retreat April 2017

10:00 to 16:00 Saturday 22 April

This is our first self-organised retreat in a long time, so we’re keeping it simple. There is no theme or teaching, just a chance to experience the results of a longer period of meditation in a conducive environment.

The day will fall into two parts. The morning (10:00-13:00) will be an Introduction to Meditation class for beginners. Obviously anyone coming on the retreat won’t need this, but we encourage you to come along and sit in, taking advantage of the periods of meditation and giving new folk a chance to meet some regulars.

At 1pm we’ll stop for a light lunch. If you can’t make the morning you can come and join us then. After that the afternoon will be dedicated purely to meditation, alternating sitting and walking meditation. At the end there will be a short time to end with a cup of tea and a discussion of meditation practice.

Further details: see Time and Place

Introductory courses April 2017

Sat 22 April – Introduction to meditation 10:00-13:00

This morning class will cover the best ways to sit for meditation, basic mindfulness techniques and how to go about establishing a regular meditation practice. With plenty of time for questions and discussion it’s the one we’d recommend most of our introductions.

Wed 26 April – A Very Short Introduction to Buddhism 19:30 – 21:30

Taking the place of our regular Wednesday night meeting for a week, this course introduces both meditation and essential Buddhist concepts – and how they fit together.

Both courses are at 100 Crown Street and are by donation – see Time and place. There is no need to book for them but if you are thinking about coming do drop us an email so we have an idea of how many to expect.

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Programme Feb 2017

REGULARS’ GROUP (Wednesdays 19:30 to 21:30)

The regulars group is open to anyone who has been on an introductory course or who is already familiar with Buddhism and meditation.

01 Feb  Nigel – How do you breathe?

08 Feb  Nigel – Anapanasati

15 Feb  Nigel – Creating worlds

22 Feb  Alan – The Sedaka Sutta

01 Mar  Shona – Nurturing your inner adult

 08 Mar  Nigel – Desire

 15 Mar  Julian – Four dharma summaries

 22 Mar  Spring celebration

 29 Mar  Nigel – The 8 worldly winds

05 Apr  Julian – ‘What did you expect?’

12 Apr  David – subject to be confirmed

19 Apr  Nigel – The sublime attitudes

03 May  Nigel – The Eightfold Path

10 May  Nigel – Walking the Path

INTRODUCTIONS

Sat 22 April – Introduction to meditation 10:00-13:00

Wed 26 April – A Very Short Introduction to Buddhism 19:30 – 21:30

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Introduction to Buddhism 2017

We’re starting 2017 with our 3-week introductory course, covering the basic teachings of Buddhism and a bit of background about Buddhist texts, schools and history to help you navigate the different forms of Buddhism that you might find. We will also be teaching  meditation, suitable for complete beginners. Once you have come on an introductory course you can come to our Regulars group which meets every Wednesday.

11 Jan  A Very Short Introduction to Buddhism
An introduction to the basic concepts of Buddhism and to Buddhist meditation.

 18 Jan  Schools and Sources
Buddhism was passed down as an oral tradition for several hundred years. How did it come to be written down? What are the strengths and weaknesses of the different texts and traditions that we know Buddhism through?

25 Jan  Culture and Practice
Buddhism comes with various bits of Eastern cultural baggage. What are these? Where did they come from? Are any of them useful today or can we practice Buddhism without any of them?

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Programme autumn/winter 2016

INTRODUCTORY COURSES

Introduction to meditation: Saturday 22nd Oct; 10:00 to 13:00
Introduction to Buddhism: Wednesday 2nd Nov; 19:30 to 21:30

REGULARS’ GROUP (Wednesdays 19:30 to 21:30)

The regulars group is open to anyone who has been on an introductory course or who is already familiar with Buddhism and meditation.

14 Sep        Nigel – everyday practice
21 Sep        Autumn celebration
28 Sep        Alan – ‘The Spirit Level’ – Buddhist responses to inequality

05 Oct        Julian – The Four Frames of Reference
12 Oct        Cliff – Rebirth
19 Oct        Nigel – Swimming Against the Stream – non-craving in a consumerist culture
26 Oct        Julian – Going for Refuge

02 Nov       Introduction to Buddhism – see above
09 Nov       Nigel – The Buddha’s meditation systemhandout
16 Nov       Alan – Mindfulnesshandout
23 Nov       Shona – Why the Breath?
30 Nov       Alan – Gladdening the Mind

07 Dec        Alan – Practicing the Brahma Viharas
14 Dec        Alan – The mudita bhavana
21 Dec        Winter celebration
28 Dec        closed

4 Jan        Double meditation

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