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Classes

Our aim is to provide a local situation in which people can meditate together, and explore Buddhism as a living spiritual tradition, within a friendly and active community of like-minded people.

You don't have to be a Buddhist to come to our classes. We welcome anyone who wants to come along to learn about meditation and Buddhism.

Our teachers are ordained members of the Triratna Buddhist Order, or those training for ordination, and all have many years experience of committed personal practice of meditation and Buddhism.

Cost

We believe cost should not prevent people attending, so all our drop-in classes are offered on a donation or "dana" basis (dana means generosity). The suggested donation is £10 (full-waged) / (£5 part-waged)

Bursaries may also be available for selected course places - contact us for information.

Monday evening

7.30 to 9.30pm - Introduction to Buddhist Meditation

Monday evenings are devoted to teaching the practices of either the Mindfulness of Breathing or Metta Bhavana ("loving-kindness") meditations. This class is suitable for newcomers, or those wanting more guidance in these practices. Usually the practice taught is alternated each week.

Please arrive between 7.10-7.25pm for a prompt 7.30pm start.

Wednesday evening

7.30 to 9.30pm - Buddhism and Meditation Class

Wednesday's class is open to all those who know the two practices above and are able to sit in meditation without much guidance. If you've come to our Monday class a few times or learned these practices at another Triratna centre, then you will be fine to come to this class.

Classes usually begin with a 30-40 minute meditation session, followed by a tea break, after which there will be an exploration of a Buddhist theme. Usually this will be in the form of a short talk, discussion and reflection. Once a month on the Wednesday closest to the date of the full moon, we usually have a 'puja', a Buddhist ritual, in the second part of the class.

This class is a great way to learn about the basic principles of Buddhism and meet like-minded people who will be able to support you in your practice.

New theme starting 7th November: An Ever Widening Circle - Friendship and the Spiritual Community

The Buddha once said that friendship is the whole of the spiritual life. Our next Wednesday night series will be exploring the expression of friendship as sangha or ‘spiritual community’. Along with our usual group meditation there will be a series of talks on the four sangraha vastus, or means of unifying the spiritual community. In addition to evenings with talks there will also be several special sangha events in the run up to the new year, culminating in our next weekend retreat together in January. Join us for this rich season diving deeper into friendship, engagement and commitment.

Programme:

- Loving speech

- Benevolent activity

- Going deeper in meditation

- Exemplification as spiritual practice

- Rejoicing evening: chair handover

- Mitra ceremonies

Last Wednesday of the Month
7.30 to 9.30pm - Going Deeper in Meditation

Once a month this class replaces our normal Wednesday night program. This class is dedicated to providing more advanced teaching for those who have a regular/daily meditation practice, and who would like to explore how to unlock or revive a deeper meditation experience.

The class format varies, but will usually involve one or more guided meditations and some group exploration.

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Classes are held upstairs at Yoga Point, Brixton.

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122 Dalberg Rd, Brixton SW2 1AP