Courses

Introductory Courses

You can join a course starting:

Tuesday 14 January (six weeks – Positive Ways of Living)

Thursday 16 January (six weeks – Positive Ways of Living)

Tuesday 25 February (six weeks – Towards Peace of Mind)

Thursday 27 February (six weeks – Towards Peace of Mind)

Join us on a course and you will be introduced to mindfulness and loving kindness meditations, together with Buddhist ideas that can help you develop greater peace of mind and positive ways of living. We offer two distinct courses: “Towards Peace of Mind” and “Positive Ways of Living” and, to help you develop your understanding, we recommend you do both. You can do the courses in any order – both are suitable for complete beginners.

Coming on a course is a great way to learn the basics and give yourself the chance to see what effect meditation and these new ideas can have on your life. It also gives you the chance to get to know the leaders and other like-minded people. To help you get the most out of the course we ask you to commit, as best you can, to attending all six sessions.

No need to book, just turn up on the first week to register for that course. If you miss the first week of the course, we will ask you to join the Led Meditation Class that runs at the same time until the next course starts.

Courses run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7.30-9.45pm. You are welcome to arrive from 7pm to relax, ask questions and have a cup of tea before the class.

We do not charge for our meditation and Buddhism courses as we wish to make them accessible to all. We run them on a donations basis and you will be invited to give a donation to the Buddhist Centre when you come along.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to be a Buddhist, or interested in becoming a Buddhist, to join a course?  Am I welcome if I follow another religion or am not religious?

While we introduce Buddhist ideas on these courses there is no expectation that people attending will be or will become Buddhist.  All are welcome.

What benefit will I get from joining the course?

The meditations and Buddhist ideas introduced on our courses aim to give people tools to respond creatively, rather than reactively, to the struggles and stresses of everyday life. Our approach is very down-to-earth, we want to help people live well and be a positive presence in the world.

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.

Who will be leading the course and what experience do they have?

The courses are led by members of the Triratna Buddhist Order, or those training to join the Order, all of whom have many years of experience in meditation and Buddhism.

Why can’t I join the course if I miss the first week?

We find that people get the most out of the course when there is continuity in the group. So we don’t allow people to join the course after the first week and ask you to wait until the next course starts. There is a Led Meditation Class that runs at the same time, so there will always be a class for you to join.

What do I need to bring to the meditation class?

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

What happens after I’ve completed the Introductory Courses? What next?

If you’ve been coming to the Buddhist Centre for some time then you might want to do a Going Deeper Series on a Tuesday. 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.

Any more questions? 

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