Buddhism for Beginners - Part 1

Coming, Thursday Nights this spring



An Introduction to Siddhartha Gautama'. Better known as The Buddha, our first session will explore aspects of his character before we go on to look at his teaching. After a break we will introduce the Mindfulness of Breathing meditation.

Gautama Buddha: The Life and Teachings of The Awakened One

The Mindfulness of Breathing: Short Lead-through by Kamalashila


Exploring habits and emotions'. We will explore how these two things work together, and how we cam develop a gap between our feelings and our behaviour so we are not so reactive. Followed by a Mindfulness of Breathing meditation.


Helpful Habits'. This week we will explore habits that might be helpful in leading us to happiness and contentment, and how to apply these to our daily life. After the break we will introduce the 'Metta Bhavana' meditation - the development (Bhavana) of openhearted caring or friendliness (Metta).


The Five Precepts'. These are the five training principles taken on by most Buddhist to help develop a warmhearted and confident heart and mind. We will look in detail at how to let go of negative habits and develop positive habits. Followed by a Metta Bhavana meditation.


Difficulties in Meditation'. This week will be a workshop looking at the difficulties the mind experiences when we are trying to meditation. Five forces hinder us - greed; ill will; sloth and torpor; restlessness and anxiety; and doubt. We will look at methods to address these. Followed by a Mindfulness of Breathing meditation, where we can practice what we have learned.


'The Buddhist view of existance'. This week we will consider the three marks of conditioned existance of all beings - The Three Lakshanas: Impermanence (anicca), Unsatisfactoriness (dukkha), and non-self (anattā). In particular we will explore the idea of 'Conditioned Existance' - That everything arises fleetingly from a miriad of conditions and in their turn gives rise to conditions for future things to come into being. This wil be followed by a special Metta Bhavana meditation to conclude the course.

What Next

There will be a continuationn of Introducton to Buddhism with a Level 2 course in the early spring. This will explore the teaching of the Buddha, in particular the 'Four Noble Truths' the 'Eight Fold Path' and introduce the Triratna Buddhist 'System of Practice'. The course will go further into working with meditation

Soon after the course finishes there will be a Beginners afternoon where we can discuss next steps

Whats on

Events, Courses & Retreats

Weekly Class Summary

Tues 13:00-13:55

Lunchtime Meditation

Wed 07:30-08:30

Early Morning Meditation

Wed 19:30-21:30Introduction to
Buddhism and Meditation

Thur 19:00-21:30

Dharma Study Night

Please contact Bodhivamsa
beforehand by email at chair@
centre.org.uk if you want to attend

Fri 19:30-21:15

Practice Night

Exploring the Stupa, the Elements and the Buddhas

All welcome who know Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana meditations.
Tea from 19:00. No charge but donations welcome.

Sat 10:30-12:30 Introduction to
Buddhism and Meditation

Sun 18:30-20:00 8 Step Recovery