Open Classes

Fully-led Meditation Classes – open to all

When you walk through the doors to the Birmingham Buddhist Centre we aim to welcome you and help create a space for you to be introduced to meditation and Buddhism and explore. Explore what? Your mind, your life through the practice of meditation and the ideas of Buddhism.  The following classes are completely open, just come along and have a go.

If you miss the start of one of our courses, please feel free to come along at the same time on Tuesday or Thursday and join one of our drop-in classes.


Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism Courses, arrive at 7.00pm for 7.30-9.45pm


Introduction to Meditation ,  arrive at 12.45pm for 1.00-2.00pm


Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism Courses, arrive at 7.00pm for 7.30-9.45pm

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.

Some of our classes also include an introduction to Buddhism. 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 Next?

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.)

Frequently asked questions

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? 

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Meditation is the art of cultivating calm, focused and positive states of mind. We teach two meditations at the Birmingham Buddhist Centre, both of which have been practised in Buddhism from its earliest days.

The mindfulness of breathing is a meditation for developing clarity and awareness.

The metta bhavana is a practice for transforming our emotions, and for cultivating positivity and openness towards ourselves and others.

You can come to the Buddhist Centre to learn to meditate any Tuesday or Thursday evening or Wednesday lunchtime in any week. No need to book.

  • Tuesdays, 7.30pm – 9.45pm
  • Wednesdays, 1pm – 2.00pm
  • Thursdays, 7.30pm – 9.45pm

We also regularly run Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism Courses.  If you can’t make it to our Buddhist Centre in Moseley, see information about classes in Warwick, Shrewsbury and Worcester.

We do not charge for meditation classes – but please make a donation to help keep the Buddhist Centre running.