Programme summer 2019

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

Next introductory classes

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.

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Programme: May to August 2018

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  Juliansubject 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

Programme February – April 2018

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

Introductory classes 2018

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

Programme Sep 2017 to Jan 2018

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

03 Jan Nigel – New Year’s Resolutions
10 Jan Subject to be confirmed
17 Jan INTRODUCTION A Very Short Introduction to Buddhism
24 Jan INTRODUCTION Schools and Sources
31 Jan INTRODUCTION Culture and Practice

Venue and time details

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