Introductory meetings – autumn 2019

Introduction to Meditation

9:00 to 13:00 on Saturday 28th September

Suitable for complete beginners as well as those with an established meditation practice.  The morning will include sessions on posture, stress reduction, mindfulness, different approaches to meditation and establishing a regular practice.

A Very Short Introduction to Buddhism

Part 1 – 19:30 to 21:30 on Wednesday 2nd October
Part 2 – 19:30 to 21:30 on Wednesday 7th October

An introduction to eight key concepts in Buddhism. Meditation instruction will also be given so you can come without having gone to the Saturday morning introduction to meditation, but we advise going to both if you can make it.

All meetings are in the Quaker Meeting House

Programme autumn/winter 2019

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.

04 Sep  The Fire Sermon by Julian
11 Sep  The Acrobats by Alan
18 Sep  Planning meeting – At which those who don’t come get volunteered for tasks 🙂
25 Sep  Resilient by Ruth

9:00 to 13:00 on Saturday 28th September – Introduction to Meditation by Nigel
Suitable for complete beginners as well as those with an established meditation practice.  The morning will include sessions on posture, stress reduction, mindfulness, different approaches to meditation and establishing a regular practice. In the Quaker Meeting House.

The afternoon of Saturday 28th September – Social event by Jacqui
Walk, meditation, food.

02 Oct  A Very Short Introduction to Buddhism, part 1 – INTRODUCTION
09 Oct  A Very Short Introduction to Buddhism, part 2 – INTRODUCTION
16 Oct  A Buddhist reflection on violence and terror by Bright
23 Oct  Comprehend dukkha by Nigel
30 Oct  Double meditation

06 Nov  Talk by Natasha
13 Nov  Talk by Julian
20 Nov  Buddhist economics by Bright
27 Nov  Double meditation

04 Dec  Talk by Alan
11 Dec  Talk by Kris
18 Dec  Double meditation
25 Dec   closed

All meetings are in the Quaker Meeting House, 98-100 Crown Street – meeting details

Costs: All events in the programme are on a dana basis. This means that the costs are funded by donations but individuals decide for themselves how much they wish to contribute.

Introductory classes in summer 2019

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