We run regular courses in various aspects of Buddhist teaching. They vary in length from four weeks to eight weeks long and take place one weekday evening per week. Courses can be a great way of taking your practice deeper and also of forming connections and friendships with others interested in Buddhism and meditation.
Just like our meditation classes, these courses are all taught by Ordained members of the Triratna Buddhist Order or those training for Ordination. All of our teachers are experienced practitioners and have spent many years studying, reflecting and meditating on the teachings of the Buddha.
Because we want our courses to be available to anyone who would like to attend, we offer them free of charge. All donations are gratefully received. We are completely reliant upon donations to run our events and to keep them free for those unable to give financially.
Some of our past courses include:
The Evolving Mind
Exploration and reflection on scientific and Buddhist understandings of the development of consciousness.
Life With Full Attention
A practical course in mindfulness.
The Journey and the Guide
A practical course in the Buddhist path of transformation.
A short course in the basics of meditation.
Meditation Toolkit: Intermediate
A short course in going deeper in meditation.
Dharma Night is a public class for anyone interested in understanding and practicing the simple and profound teachings of Buddhism. With practice, this path is said to lead to a state of mind beyond dissatisfaction and suffering, toward a mind that is light, spacious and filled with joy.
This class is especially suitable for those newer to Buddhism, who might be exploring Dharma teachings for the first time.
Each class covers a fundamental Buddhist theme or teaching and is built around a discussion between two experienced teachers. There will also be a short guided meditation, tea break and a chance for questions.
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7.30 to 9.30pm – Buddhism and Meditation Class.
Venue: Effra Space 21 Effra Parade, SW2 1PX
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.
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.
We believe cost should not prevent people attending, so all our drop-in classes and courses are offered on a donation or “dana” basis (dana means generosity). The suggested donation for classes is £10 (full-waged) / (£5 part-waged).
The suggested donation for courses varies depending on the length of the course. Check the ‘Courses’ page for more information.
Although we offer a suggested amount as a guideline, please feel free to pay as much or as little as you can afford.