Introduction to Buddhism and Meditation: What is Buddhism?

Buddhism is classed as one of the great religions yet there is no God to obey, no dogma to believe in.  It provides us with practical, effective ways to change, but it is not just another therapy. Offering a spiritual and transcendental perspective, its vision of what a human being can become takes us far beyond the province of psychology. 

This is the first of six Tuesday evenings in which we'll be exploring key Buddhist principles and their relevance to life in the 21st century. Over the six weeks, we'll also learn two traditional Buddhist meditations, the Mindfulness of Breathing and the Metta Bhavana (Development of loving kindness). 

Led by Alobhin, a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, the meetings will be aimed at newcomers to Buddhism and anyone who would like to refresh their knowledge and practice. We'll meet at 7.30pm and finish around 9.30 - 9.45pm.
All welcome. 

At future meetings we'll be looking at the following topics:
Week 2: Who was the Buddha? 
Week 3: The Buddhist approach to ethics 
Week 4: What is meditation? 
Week 5: The development of wisdom 
Week 6: The poetic dimension: faith, imagination and devotion in Buddhism
Come to as many of the evenings as you wish. 

Anyone who would like to take their interest further is welcome to join our small, friendly group which meets at the Quaker Meeting House on Thursday evenings at 7.00pm. We also hold festivals, day and weekend retreats and social events throughout the year. 

Charge for our meetings is by voluntary donation. To help us cover costs such as room hire, we suggest around £4 - £7 per evening but payment isn't a condition of attendance and we don't check! 
This is an established group and our meetings are advertised elsewhere so attendance registered on this site is not an indication of numbers likely to attend. 

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