Learn about Buddhism – start here:
Our friendly classes cover the basics of Buddhism, how to live it day to day, and an introduction to Buddhist meditation
- Six-week evening courses on Tuesdays: Buddhism Level 1 – around six courses a year. Next one starts on 5th September, then 31st October,
see calendar for more
- One-day Saturday courses: Introduction to Buddhism – every few months. Next is 16th September
- Weekly taster session: Tools for Living your Life – popular and informal classes most Saturday mornings at 11am. Just turn up a few minutes before
- See the boxes below for booking details, handouts and led meditations
Upcoming Buddhism classes
About our Buddhism Classes
Our classes are friendly and accessible. You’ll get the chance to talk to practising Buddhists and discuss how Buddhism relates to modern life.
Our taster sessions take an aspect of the Buddha’s teachings and explore what it means for us. Our longer courses look at the Buddha’s life and search for meaning, and go on to explore wisdom and compassion, Buddhist ethics, and how meditation can help us change our lives.
You’ll receive practical instruction in two Buddhist meditations, helping you set up a regular practice.
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
How to book, what to bring
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 *protected email*
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.
Handouts for our courses are freely available here in printable pdf format
Buddhism Level 1
- Week 1: The Buddha’s Quest
- Week 2: Siddhartha’s Path to Awakening
- Week 3: Siddhartha becomes the Awakened One
- Week 4/5: Buddha’s teaching on human relations
- Week 6: The five ethical precepts
- Further resources
Introduction to Buddhism: One-day course
Led Meditations and Other Resources
Led Meditations from Padmadarshini
Download or click and play here
- Lying down body awareness meditation
- Sitting body awareness meditation
- Mindfulness of your breathing body 1
- Mindfulness of your breathing body 2
- Mindfulness of breathing, four stages
- Metta Bhavana – kindly awareness
I found the content on ethics incredibly useful and of immediate impactBuddhism course participant
Taking it Further
If you want to learn more after Buddhism Level 1, our Level 2 courses cover several Buddhist themes in depth, as well as further meditation practice. It’s a rolling programme of different six-week modules, so you can sign up for one course after another.
- Six-week evening courses: Buddhism Level 2 – Tuesdays throughout the year. See calendar for next course
About Second Level Classes
Level 2 goes into more depth about the Buddha’s teachings, and Triratna’s approach to practising Buddhism. You can sign up for one course after another. The courses cover:
- The Noble Eightfold Path
- The Five Spiritual Faculties
- The Wheel and the Spiral
- Sangharakshita’s Five Dimensions of Spiritual Life
- What is Triratna?
As on Level 1, 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 speak from their own experience.
You can find some of them in Who’s Who
Level 2 Course Handouts
Handouts for our Level 2 courses are freely available here in printable pdf format
Noble Eightfold Path
- Week 1 – Introduction and Perfect Vision
- Week 2 – Perfect Emotion
- Week 3 – Perfect Speech
- Week 4 – Perfect Action
- Week 5 – Perfect Livelihood
- Week 6 – Perfect Effort
The Five Spiritual Faculties
- Week 1 – Introduction
- Week 2 – Faith
- Week 3 – Wisdom
- Week 4 – Energy
- Week 5 – Concentration
- Week 6 – Mindfulness
The Wheel and the Spiral
Sangharakshita’s System of Dharma Life
- Sangharakshita’s System of Dharma Life
- Dayanandi’s Introduction to the Five Great Stages of the Spiritual Path
What is Triratna?
- A Buddhist Manifesto: The principles of the Triratna Buddhist Community by Subhuti
- Triratna’s Distinctive Emphases by Vadanya
- The Purpose of Ritual by Vadanya
Beyond Level 2
Moving on from the Courses
To deepen your understanding of Buddhism, and get more involved with the Centre, you might want to try:
- Events like Triratna Night on Mondays: Buddhism in depth, with meditation practice and Buddhist ritual. See what’s on
- Joining a study group – see below
- Helping out at the Centre – a great way of feeling part of things
- Going on retreat, listening to talks, and coming to Buddhist festivals can all help deepen your practice
- Beginning to feel you are a Buddhist, or part of our Sangha (community) is always a very personal thing and often quite gradual – there’s no pressure
After Level 2, our small weekly study groups give a thorough grounding in the Buddha’s teaching or Dharma, and Triratna’s approach, with an emphasis on putting them into practice in your life.
During the first foundation year, you will probably work out if practising Buddhism with Triratna is for you and you may want to commit to this by becoming a Mitra. A further three year course of Mitra Study is then available.
See the box below for more about Triratna’s Dharma Training Course for Mitras, plus other online study materials and support.
Joining a Study Group
Study groups usually meet on Wednesday or Thursday evenings. They are very popular and there’s sometimes a waiting list. Ask to speak to the men’s or women’s Mitra Convenor to find out more, or contact us at ku.gr1503514360o.ert1503514360nects1503514360ihddu1503514360brets1503514360ehcna1503514360m@ofn1503514360i1503514360
Studying here is free, but we encourage you to help support the Centre financially – see Giving.
Study Course and Materials
What is Buddhism?
We can change
The basic message of Buddhism is straightforward and practical: we can’t rely on anything to be fixed or permanent, our actions have consequences, and we can change.
One way of looking at how we can change is through Buddhism’s three-fold path of Ethics, Meditation and Wisdom
We try and live our lives within the ethical guidelines that the Buddha taught –
- Not harming anything
- Being generous
- Living a simple and contented life
- Speaking truthfully
- Living mindfully
These guidelines help us to live with a clear mind and develop positive feelings. Acting more skilfully also has a positive impact on those around us.
By meditating regularly, we develop both awareness and positive feelings. We become more mindful of our actions, thoughts and bodily sensations and can see more clearly their effect on us and others. We also become more positive towards ourselves and those around us.
Ceasing to do evil, cultivating the good, purifying the heart: This is the teaching of the BuddhasThe Buddha
Through these and other practices, we begin to see life as it really is – that we and everything around us are changing all the time, with many factors at play. We also see that we are deeply connected with others.
We learn that grasping after things to be how we want them to be rather than how they are, just causes us and others pain. We can change our perspective to help us feel more liberated and compassionate.
You yourself must strive. The Buddhas only point the wayThe Buddha
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