Programme autumn/winter 2019/20

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  The Pali Canon by Julian
20 Nov  Buddhist economics by Bright
27 Nov  Double meditation

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

01 Jan  closed
08 Jan  My New Year’s resolutions by Nigel
11 Jan (Saturday) Introduction to Meditation morning
15 Jan – 5 Feb Buddhism from the Beginning (introduction)

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.

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

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

September meetings

Our autumn programme will begin with a brief introduction to both Buddhsim and meditation – an ideal introduction for beginners or a useful refresher for regulars.

2nd Sep: A Very Short Introduction to Buddhism

Seven key Buddhist concepts. Meditation – body-based mindfulness.

9th Sep: 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? Meditation – mindfulness of breathing.

16th Sep: 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? Meditation – mindfulness and emotion

Programme for Summer/Autumn 2013


7th –  Nigel – Questions are the Answer

14th –  Nigel – The Precepts

21st –  Alan – The Art of Listening

28th –  Erin – title to be confirmed


4th –  Alison – The Presence of the Buddha

11th –  Julian – The Maha-Rahulovada Sutta

18th –  Nava – Inclusive Buddhism

25th –  Thilini – reading


2nd –  Nigel – Strength Training

9th –  Alison – Mantras

16th –  Double meditation

23rd –  Alan – Ritual in Buddhism

30th –  Autumn puja

Programme January to April 2013

These talks build on each other, adding up to a rounded introduction to Buddhism, with the emphasis on practical application. However each talk is also meant to stand on its own and to be useful even if you can’t attend all of them.


Wed 9th         How To Approach Buddhism
                        Meditation:  body awareness

Wed 16th       The Noble Quest
                        Meditation:  body awareness

 Wed 23rd       The Buddha’s Enlightenment
                        Meditation:  body awareness

Wed 30th       The Four Noble Truths
                        Meditation:  mindfulness of breathing


Wed 6th          View and Intention
                        Meditation:  mindfulness of breathing

 Wed 13th        Speech
                        Meditation:  mindfulness of breathing

 Wed 20th        Action
                         Meditation:  metta bhavana

Wed 27th        Livelihood and Effort
                         Meditation:  metta bhavana


Wed 6th          Mindfulness and Concentration
                         Meditation:  metta bhavana

Wed 13th        The Historical Development of Buddhism
                       Meditation:  karuna bhavana

Wed 20th        Buddhism and Society
                       Meditation:  just sitting

Wed 27th        The Five Hindrances


Wed 3RD         The ‘Meditation Roadmap’

Wed 10th        Discussion


Programme: April to June 2012

Download: ABG programme 2012 Apr-Jun

Theme: Different Approaches To Buddhism

25 Apr   Theravada and Mahayana on the Wheel of Life

Sometimes it is easier to understand something through a visual image. This talk by Alan uses the image of the Wheel of Life to illustrate the differences between the Theravada and Mahayana approaches to Buddhism.

02 May  Teachers and Spiritual Friends

On the idea of ‘vertical’ and ‘horizontal’ relationships on the path of development.

09 May  Buddha Day Celebration

Saturday the 5th of May is Wesak or Buddha Day, the traditional anniversary of the Buddha’s enlightenment. Julian will lead a double meditation.

16 May  The Triratna Buddhist Community

The Aberdeen Buddhist Group is currently affiliated to the Triratna Buddhist Community, also known as the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order. Alan will talk about the history, organisation and teachings of the TBC.

23 May  The Thai Forest Sangha

The Thai Forest Sangha is a movement within Theravada Buddhism that seeks to get back to the original practices of the Buddhist sangha. It is now established in the West with teachers like Thanissaro Bhikkhu at the Metta Forest Monastery in San Diego County, California. Nigel will talk about the approach to Buddhism taken by this tradition.

30 May  Discussion on the Future of the Aberdeen Buddhist Group

It has been some time since the group has discussed how it is organised and what its affiliations are, to the extent that the situation has become rather vague. This discussion will help to clarify things and give everyone a chance to contribute to decisions about our future.

06 Jun    Compassion

A talk by Mhairi about this core Buddhist quality.

13 Jun    Buddhism and Helicopters

Ian will talk about an example of applying Buddhism to daily life – applying it to a job that you hate.

20 Jun    Double Meditation

27 Jun    The Four Contemplations

A talk by James.