The class tonight will be lead by Keith and Padmajata. We will show some videos of short talks after the meditation.
We are holding classes teaching Buddhist meditation and also exploring Buddhism as a spiritual path.
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It is a drop in class Thursday evenings. We are connected with and inspired by the global Triratna Buddhist Community.
People normally arrive about 7.15pm, and we start the meditation very promptly at 7.30pm. You are welcome to arrive anytime from 7.00pm onwards when the doors open.
We teach two traditional methods of meditation:
1) Mindfulness of Breathing (this is a basic mindfulness meditation. As your thoughts gradually quieten down, you enter a deeper, richer, space).
2) Metta Bhavana (allowing loving kindness to arise, and directing it towards ourselves, a good friend, a neutral person, someone we don't like, and expand outwards to all beings in the Universe).
If you practise these meditations regularly, and set up the right conditions, they will start to affect your daily life, which can lead to feeling lighter, happier, more joyous, kinder etc
The classes are taught in a Buddhist context, but you do not have to "be a Buddhist", believe anything, or even know anything about Buddhism.
Buddhism is a very practical and ancient spiritual path, that gives lots of powerful tools for leading a more conscious and happier life.
The classes do build on each other, and you will go deeper into the practices if you come to several of them. But at the same time I will try and keep them all as self contained as possible, so you can drop in and out, as you please.
You do not need to bring anything. Most people sit on chairs (which are provided and I personally prefer), but if you have a meditation stool or meditation cushions, you are welcome to bring those if you want, and some people do that.
The first half of the class will be a lead meditation, then we will have a tea and biscuit break, then in the second half we will explore our experience in the meditation together, answer any questions, and there will be some teaching on meditation or Buddhism.
Most evenings in the second half, we study part of the excellent book by Vajragupta called "Buddhism: Tools for Living Your Life", although there is no need for you to purchase this. Sometimes we do other things like have guest speakers, watch videos, have social events etc.
The classes are free of charge, but if you could possibly contribute towards the room costs, this would be greatly appreciated. Suggested donation is £5.
Please message me if you have any questions, or just want to introduce yourself.
We usually get between 5 and 17 people attend, including one or two who are here for the first time. Meetup.com may show far fewer are coming , but ignore that, as some people always come who do not use meetup.
But if you can RSVP "yes" on meetup, that is great, as it encourages others to show up too.
There is a picture of the church hall where we meet here:
There is plenty of parking spaces available onsite. In the unlikely event that these are full, there is an estate opposite where you can park.
Cheshunt Wash is a continuation of other roads - Crossbrook St, Turners Hill, Cheshunt High Street, High Road Turnford.
We are easily accessible from the following areas: Broxbourne, Cheshunt, Hoddesdon, Goffs Oak, Waltham Cross, Waltham Abbey, Waltham Forest, Harlow, Enfield, Barnet, Hertford, Ware, Welwyn Garden City, Potters Bar, Hatfield, East Hertfordshire, West Essex etc