01 May Julian Seven cardinal rules for life
08 May Nigel Stop making excuses
15 May INTRODUCTION: A very short introduction to Buddhism
22 May Alan The five precepts: loving kindness
29 May Alan The five precepts: generosity
05 Jun Nigel The five precepts: stillness, simplicity and contentment
12 Jun Nigel The five precepts: communication
19 Jun Nigel The five precepts: mindfulness
26 Jun Cliff The Metta Sutta
03 Jul Julian sutta study
10 Jul Summer break
17 Jul Summer break
24 Jul Summer break
31 Jul Summer break
07 Aug Summer break
14 Aug Double meditation
21 Aug Cliff Self Compassion
28 Aug Buddhism Badge! Visit from the Scouts
Introduction to Meditation Sat 11th of May 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Suitable for complete beginners as well as those with an established meditation practice. The day will include sessions on posture, stress reduction, mindfulness, different approaches to meditation and establishing a regular practice.
Places are free but need to be booked as there is a limit on numbers. Please book with Nigel on 01224 705960 or 07903 667548. Please bring food to share for lunch.
A Very Short Introduction to Buddhism Wed 15th of May 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
This evening will cover introductions to both meditation and foundation Buddhist concepts. Suitable for complete beginners. People who have completed this class can come to our Regulars’ evenings. Cost is on a dana or donation basis.
Both classes are in the Quaker Meeting House, 100 Crown Street. Details can be found here.
20 Feb Cliff – Finding the balance
27 Feb Julian – The Senses
06 Mar Nigel – The Brahma Viharas
13 Mar Double meditation
20 Mar Alan – Bodies
27 Mar Alan – Thoughts
03 Apr Alan – Minds
10 Apr Alan – Dhammas
17 Apr Cliff – A beginner’s guide to dependent origination
24 Apr Talk by Jonathan – to be confirmed
Meetings at the start of 2019 will be dedicated to an introduction to meditation and Buddhism suitable for complete beginners. We recommend these meetings for anyone who wants to come to our regular Wednesday evening group over the rest of the year.
2nd January – closed
9th January – Introduction to meditation part 1
16th January – Introduction to meditation part 2
23rd January – Introduction to Buddhism part 1
30th January – Introduction to Buddhism part 2
6th February – Practice in daily life
13th February – Discussion
All meetings are 19:30 to 21:30 in the Quaker Meeting House. More details here.
05 Sep Alan – Mindfulness
12 Sep Alan – Right Speech
19 Sep Nigel – Teachings from the Forest – Ajaan Lee
26 Sep Nigel – Teachings from the Forest – Ajaan Fuang
03 Oct Talk by Julian
10 Oct Nigel – Teachings from the Forest – Ajaan Chah
17 Oct Bright – The Five Powers
24 Oct Talk by Orla
31 Oct Nigel – Teachings from the Forest – Ajaan Dune
07 Nov Alan – The Social Teachings of the Buddha
14 Nov Nigel – Teachings from Dipa Ma
21 Nov Talk by David
28 Nov Talk by Julian
05 Dec Bright – Gratitude
12 Dec Cliff – Finding the Balance
19 Dec Double meditation
26 Dec Closed
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.
16 May Nigel – The five hindrances
23 May Alan – The Brahma Vihara meditations
30 May Bright – Anatta-lakkhana Sutta: the discourse on not-self
06 Jun Nigel – The five aggregates
13 Jun Alan – Community and friendship
20 Jun Orla – Buddhism and mental health
27 Jun Julian – Angulimala
04 Jul Nigel – The seven factors of awakening
11 Jul Alan – Apollo, Dionysus and the Buddha
18 Jul Julian – subject to be confirmed
25 Jul Alan – Buddhist ethics in a global economy
01 Aug Nigel – Getting to know the breath
08 Aug Bright – Contemplating death
15 Aug Nigel – Dhamma in daily life
22 Aug Orla – subject to be confirmed
29 Aug INTRODUCTION A very short introduction to Buddhism
Over these three weeks we will be covering the Threefold Path, in which the path is broken down into ethics, meditation and wisdom, with each providing the foundation for the next.
25th April The Threefold Path: ethics
2nd May The Threefold Path: meditation
9th May The Threefold Path: wisdom
07 Feb Nigel – Emotions and their role on the path
14 Feb Julian – Right speech
21 Feb Nigel – Effort or no effort
28 Feb Orla – Gender in Buddhism
07 Mar sangha evening
14 Mar Alan – Biased? Me? – part 1
21 Mar Alan – Biased? Me? – part 2
28 Mar Nigel – Putting the present in its place
4 Apr Julian – The Sīgālaka Sutta
11 Apr double meditation
18 Apr INTRODUCTION: A Very Short Introduction to Buddhism
25 Apr Nigel – The Threefold Path: Ethics
Next introductory evening: Wednesday 18th of April 2018, 19:30 to 21:30.
A brief introduction to Buddhist teachings and meditation, suitable for complete beginners.
We’re starting 2018 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.
17 Jan A Very Short Introduction to Buddhism
An introduction to the basic concepts of Buddhism and to Buddhist meditation.
24 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?
31 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?
Meeting times and place