Courses

Introductory Courses

We run courses on Tuesdays. They allow for greater continuity of practice, as well as offering a chance to get to know the leaders and other participants.

If you’re just starting out, then you might want to do an Introductory Course.  This will give you a systematic overview of the meditations we teach and a taste of some of the key ideas of Buddhism.  See the FAQs below if you want to know more about these courses.

You don’t need to book on a course, just arrive on the first (or second) evening.  If you can’t make all the sessions, that’s OK as long as you can get some continuity of attendance.

All sessions start at 7.30, but it’s great if you arrive earlier either to relax and/or ask questions. Doors open at 7.oopm. We aim to finish by 9.45pm.

Next Introductory Courses

Tuesdays 10 January–14 February (6 weeks)

Tuesdays 28 February-4 April (6 weeks)

Tuesdays 25 April-30 May (6 weeks)

 

Going Deeper

If you’ve been coming to the Buddhist Centre for some time then you might want to do a Going Deeper Series.  This is a chance to take meditation and your exploration of Buddhist ideas a bit further. You don’t need to think of yourself as a Buddhist, just someone who’s interested.  (We also have a vibrant Sangha Night on Thursdays which you are welcome to attend if you’ve been coming to the Buddhist Centre regularly for 3 months or more.)

You don’t need to book. But you will get the most out them by coming to as many evenings of a series as you can.

All sessions start at 7.30, but it’s great if you arrive earlier either to relax and/or ask questions. Doors open at 7.oopm. We aim to finish by 9.45pm.

Next Going Deeper Series

Tuesdays 10 January–14 February (6 weeks)

Tales of Freedom – led by Nagadevi and Dharmashalin

Humans have told stories since we began speaking. We’ll be telling and reflecting on some tales from different aspects of the Buddhist tradition, always asking ourselves: How does this cast light on my life…?

Tuesday 28 February-4 April (6 weeks)

Theme and leaders to be announced

Tuesday 25 April – 30 May (6 weeks)

Theme and leaders to be announced

 

Frequently asked questions

Which meditations do you teach?

We teach the Mindfulness of Breathing and the Metta Bhavana (cultivation of loving kindness), both with roots going back more than 2,000 years.  Our approach to meditation is as much cultivating an attitude as learning a skill.  All our class leaders are members of the Triratna Buddhist Order, with years of personal experience of applying these practices to their lives.

What is the Buddhism you teach?

Our approach is:  ‘Does this help me live well and be a positive presence in the world?’   This follows the tradition of the Buddha who went in search of the truth and answers to life’s difficult questions. What he discovered he shared with others, all the way down to us today.  Come along and see if these ideas make a difference to you. There is no expectation that you will be a Buddhist – people from all traditions benefit from our classes.

What do you charge for your classes?

Our Meditation and Buddhism classes are offered on a donations basis.  We rely on those who participate in our activities and benefit from them to want to help us make them available.  We suggest that you think in terms of giving £5 per session. We want everyone to be able to access the Buddha’s teachings regardless of their financial circumstances. But we are a not-for-profit charity and do not receive external funding for these activities.

What do I need to bring to the meditation class?

We supply all the equipment you will need. Just wear reasonably comfortable clothes and turn your phone off for the evening.

Will meditation help me to relax?

Meditation is a means of understanding our minds – the joys and sorrows of life all come through the mind.  Meditation helps us relate to  this differently, which can help us to relax, and ultimately lead us to freedom.

I’m a complete beginner. Is it difficult to learn to meditate?

Our Introductory Courses are suitable for complete beginners. Meditation is more an art than a skill. It’s not about having ‘good’ meditations – some people find it difficult, some find it easy, but all people who do it find it has a positive effect on their lives.

Any more questions? 

Please e-mail us: info@birminghambuddhistcentre.org.uk.