Triratna Buddhist Community (Surrey) Registered Charity No. 270460
There are many different meditation practices which have been developed through Buddhist history and in other spiritual traditions. The two main practices we teach are the Mindfulness of Breathing, which promotes calm and the capacity to concentrate, and the Metta Bhavana which focuses on the development of positive emotion. We also help people to work out the best posture for meditating (it is essential to be comfortable!) and teach body awareness meditations as a preparation for formal meditation.
Mindfulness of Breathing
In this elegant meditation practice we simply watch the breath as it comes and goes from the body. Through progressive stages, the practice allows us to deepen and refine our awareness becoming increasingly sensitive to our physical sensations and thoughts, and allowing the mind to settle and calm.
Metta is an ancient Indian word which means loving-kindness or friendliness, and Bhavana means development or cultivation. So in the Metta Bhavana meditation we develop a more positive and kindly attitude towards ourselves and others. We begin by simply noticing how we feel and gently accepting our experience (whatever it is), and then we move through progressive stages of cultivating metta to a good friend, a neutral person, someone we find difficult and then on to include all beings. This is a radical and often challenging practice. However it is remarkably powerful and transformative, often leading to a much greater sense of emotional presence in daily life.
Wednesday 7.30pm - 9.30pm £7.00 / £5.00 concession
This class is is suitable for those who are new to meditation and for those familiar with our two basic practices, the Mindfulness of Breathing and the Metta Bhavana. Different teachers ensure a variety of approaches. We'll have a tea break and ample opportunity to ask questions and advice about Meditation and Buddhism.
Saturday 10.30am to 1.00pm £7.50 / £5.00 concession
Sangha mornings are occasions when regular practitioners of our centre and community come together to sit at the feet of the Buddha, explore his Dharma and endeavour to create Sangha. Saturday mornings commence with salutation of the shrine and the chanting of the refuges and precepts before engaging in meditation practice.
Each week, there will be talks and discussions on a range of themes
If you'd like to keep up to date on what topics we'll be covering on our Sangha Mornings, you can sign up for our mailing list and we'll send you updates and a monthly newsletter. Sign up here
For information on courses on meditation and Buddhism click here.
We try to keep our classes affordable for as many people to attend as possible.
We are able to offer concessionary rates to the following people:
: Full time students
: Unemployed and claiming JSA
: People on a state pension
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 1.05 - 1.55pm
These classes are suitable for all levels of experience and those new to Meditation will have instruction on posture and the Meditation practice. Ideally timed for people on their lunchbreaks. Cost £3
All our weekday and evening meditation and Buddhism classes are suitable for new-comers and run on a drop-in basis so there is no need to book, just come along. Saturday Sangha Morning is more suited to those who are familiar with the meditation practices
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