Learn meditation – start here:
- Six-week evening courses on Wednesdays: Introduction to Meditation – several courses a year, one after another, including January and September starts. See calendar for dates
- One-day Saturday courses: Introduction to Meditation – every two or three months. Next is 20th August, see calendar for more
- Daily lunchtime classes: A Taste of Meditation – Monday to Friday 1-2pm, no need to book. Popular and informal – a good place to start
- Tuesday tea-time classes – every Tuesday 5.45 – 6.45pm. Same as lunchtimes, no need to book
- Another option – meditation is also included in our Tools for Living your Life Buddhism classes on Saturdays, 11am – 1pm. No need to book
Our courses cover the essential aspects of Buddhist meditation. Taster classes and introductory courses focus on practice, and explore:
- Posture – how to be comfortable but alert
- Meditating with the breath
- Meditation to develop positivity
- Working with difficulties in meditation
- The connection between body and mind
- How meditation can help in daily life
Our classes are taught by ordained members of the Triratna Buddhist Order and by those preparing for ordination. They are well-trained and experienced practitioners, who communicate from their own experience.
You can find some of them in Who’s Who.
Do I need to bring anything?
You don’t need to bring anything special. It’s a good idea to wear comfortable clothing though, as you’ll be sitting in meditation posture quite a bit, but you can do this on a chair just as well as on a cushion.
You might also want some socks as we take our shoes off in the meditation halls.
How do I book?
Some of our courses need to be booked in advance please
- Book online with credit or debit card (find the course in the calendar and click Book Now)
- Phone 0161 834 9232 to pay with card
- Call in to the Centre and pay with cash, cheque or card
- Questions? 0161 834 9232 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a wide range of books, CDs and meditation equipment in our ground floor shop
- Change your Mind by Paramananda
- Wildmind by Bodhipaksa
- Life with Full Attention by Maitreyabandhu
- Meditation by Kamalashila
Or read these in our reference library
- Meditation mats and cushions
- Meditation wooden stools
- Led meditation CDs
- Meditation beads
Online audio and video
What is Meditation?
Meditation can transform our lives
Many things in life are beyond our control, but we can take responsibility for our own states of mind and change them for the better. According to Buddhism this is the most important thing we can do.
Meditation is a means of transforming the mind. It can help us develop concentration, clarity, emotional positivity, and a calm seeing of the true nature of things. By engaging with meditation practice you learn the patterns and habits of your mind, and cultivate new, more positive ways of being. With regular work and patience, such experiences can have a transformative effect and lead to a new understanding of life.
In our introductory classes we teach two traditional Buddhist meditations:
- Mindfulness of breathing to develop awareness
- Loving-kindness meditation or Metta Bhavana for positivity
Two Traditional Meditation Practices
Mindfulness of breathing meditation
This practice helps us become calmer, more centred and concentrated, taking the breath as the object of attention and noticing it coming and going in a relaxed, open way. Settling the attention on the breath lets our mind quieten down and awareness deepen.
The mindfulness that develops from this helps us to keep a continuous flow of attention to what is happening in each moment.
Mindfulness is body and mind fully engaged in a state of clarity and positivity that saturates and colours the whole of our experienceSangharakshita
Traditionally called the Metta Bhavana, this meditation practice helps us to develop a gentle transformation in our emotional life. Through wishing ourselves and others happiness and well-being, we can become more emotionally positive, kind, and compassionate.
You are deeply concerned for the well-being, happiness, and prosperity of the object of your loving-kindness.When you feel this loving-kindness you want them to be not just happy but deeply happy; you have a strong desire for their true welfare, growth and progressSangharakshita
Deepen your experience of meditation
After you’ve done some taster classes and an introductory meditation course, you may want to take your meditation practice to deeper levels. You can:
- Take a Buddhism course and put meditation in context. Learn about how ethical living can support our meditation
- Meditation Club: monthly practice sessions once you have six months experience – see calendar for dates
- Weekend meditation events: local and visiting teachers lead workshops at weekends from time to time, to help deepen our practice and answer questions that arise from it
- Retreats: an ideal way of going deeper with your meditation with more silence and space
- Use the meditation halls: drop in and meditate during the week. One of the rooms is usually available, although it’s safest to check first with reception
Friendly, experienced, intelligent facilitators provide clear, interactive teaching interspersed with practical instruction of high quality. Since starting my first course I have noticed definite positive changes in several areas of my lifeCourse participant
Meditate – do not delay, lest you later regret itThe Buddha