In the light of public health guidance, we have suspended our classes at the Buddhist Centre for the time being. Introductory Classes, Going Deeper and Sangha Night continue online at birminghambuddhistcentreonline.org with an amended programme.
There is also a lot of useful and inspirational material freely available at Triratna’s online Buddhist Centre and Free Buddhist Audio.
Wherever you are, try to be mindful and take care of yourselves and others.
Fully-led Meditation Classes – open to all
Our Led Meditation Classes are perfect for both those wanting to try meditation for the first time as well as those looking for a space to be led through meditation with others. All are welcome.
If you are new to the Buddhist Centre and want to come and see what it is like, then the Led Meditation Classes are a great place to start. We teach both mindfulness and loving-kindness meditations. We will introduce you to and lead you though the meditations, so the classes are suitable for a beginner.
The Led Meditation Classes are also for those who have been to the Buddhist Centre before and want to be led in meditation.
No need to book – just turn up. No charge, as we want our meditation classes to be accessible to all. We will invite you to make a donation, if you can, when you come along.
We have three Led Meditation Classes every week:
Tuesdays: arrive at 7.00pm for 7.30-9.45pm
Wednesdays: arrive at 12.45pm for 1.00-2.00pm
Thursdays: arrive 7.00pm for 7.30-9.45pm
Please note: If you come to the Buddhist Centre on a Tuesday or Thursday evening and it is the first week of the Introduction to Meditation and Buddhist Course you will be asked to join that class, which will include led meditation.
Frequently asked questions
What is meditation and how will it help me?
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.
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 class 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.
Do I need to be a Buddhist or interested in becoming a Buddhist to join a class? Am I welcome if I follow another religion or am not religious?
Whilst we introduce Buddhist ideas on these courses there is no expectation that people attending are or will become Buddhist. All are welcome.
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.
What other opportunities are there for learning more about meditation and Buddhism at the Buddhist Centre?
We run Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism Courses on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The courses introduce you to mindfulness and loving kindness meditations, along with Buddhist ideas that can help you develop greater peace of mind and positive ways of living. 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. Attending a course also gives you the chance to get to know the leaders and other like-minded people.
If you’ve been coming to the Buddhist Centre for some time then you might want to go along to Going Deeper on a Tuesday evening. This is a chance to take meditation and your exploration of Buddhist ideas a bit further. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.