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Saturday Morning Meditation Drop-in

A morning exploring the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana (loving kindness) practices. The session includes sitting, some gentle movement and walking meditation.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Saturday 10.15-12.45
With: Karunagita, Vajramitra, Maitrisambhava, Akashamitra, Ratnaprabha
£10/ £5 (concession)
Open to All
No booking required

Saturday Morning Meditation and Buddhism Drop-in class

We start with meditation at 10:15. After the tea break, you can continue to explore meditation, or alternatively you can join the Buddhism option. Our new theme is "The Eight Ways of the Noble Ones".

On the second Saturday of each month there is a talk on one of these themes (click here), and on the other Saturdays we get together to explore the topic further. All are welcome, and you don't need to come each week.

Saturdays 10.15-12.45
With: Ratnaprabha & Sat morning team
£10/ £5 (concession)
Open to All
No booking required

Under 35's Day Retreat: From reactivity to creativity (Sun 1 March 2020)

In order to change the world, we start by changing our minds. Through transforming our habitual thought patterns we enter into a realm of creativity and freedom.

Join the sub35 team for a day of meditative practice, reflection and discussion. Suitable for newcomers and regulars.

Please bring a vegetarian lunch to share.

Sun 1 March 2020; 10.00-17.00
With: Moksadhi & the sub35 team
Free event. Donations welcome.
Open to All
No booking required

Introductory Meditation Lunchtime Drop-in

We introduce two core meditation practices: the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana (loving kindness) practices.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
***new from 8 Jan *** also on Wednesdays
13.00-14.00
With: The Centre Team
£6/ £3 (concession)
Introductory
No booking required

Introductory Meditation Evening Drop-in

The Tuesday night class is one of our most popular weekly events. We introduce two core meditation practices: the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana (loving kindness) practices.

Tuesdays 19.00-21.30
With: Visuddhimati, Satyanathin, Maitrisambhava
£10/ £5 (concession)
Introductory
No booking required

Meditation Toolkit for Regular Meditators

Our meditation toolkit explores strategies for taking our meditation practice further. Suitable for anyone who has already learned the two basic practices and wants to go deeper.

Tuesdays 19.00-21.30
With: Visuddhimati, Maitrisambhava, and friends
£10/ £5 (concession)
Going Deeper
No booking required

Yoga for Meditation ***new class*** start Wed 8 Jan 2020

Let gentle movement of your body connect you to your mind and heart. This accessible yoga encourages you to bring awareness and kindness to your experience, preparing you to do the same in meditation.

One price for both, so stay on after the yoga to explore your inner world further through meditation.

Wed 12.00-12.45 incl. meditation teaching from 13.00-14.00
With: Maitripushpa
£8 (includes free meditation)
Open to All
No booking required

Meditation for Regular Meditators - Lunchtime Drop-in

Meditation practice session for those with experience of our basic meditation practices.

Wednesdays 13.00-14.00
With: The Centre Team
£6/ £3 (concession)
Going Deeper
No booking required

Are you curious about Buddhism and Meditation? (start Sat 14 Mar)

This 4 week course will introduce the Buddha, his teaching (Dharma) and the followers of his teaching (Sangha). We will focus on the historical Buddha including key stories about his life and enlightenment as well as exploring Buddhist practice - the Buddhist path laid out in his teaching.

The course is open to all and will include space for questions and discussion.

We will also explore the 'Mindfulness of Breathing' and the 'Metta Bhavana' meditation practices.

4 mornings
Sat 14 Mar - Sat 4 Apr 2020
10.00-12.30
With: Ratnaprabha, Maitrisambhava
Costs,
£64
£32 concession

Introductory
Booking required

Buddhism and Meditation - PART 2 (start Wed 25 Mar)

This 6 week course is suited for everyone who has attended one of our introductory courses and who knows our 2 meditation practices.

The Buddha suggests we become familiar with how the mind works- How it creates and shapes our perceptions - of ourselves and the world

Using both the Tibetan Wheel of Life and Meditation as a bases for our study, the course will look at how we shape our lives, how we can practise to let go of ways of acting which limit us, and the Buddhist teachings which lead toward living a more positive and responsive life.

6 evenings
Wed 25 Mar - Wed 29 Apr 2020
19.30-21.45
With: Vajramitra
Costs,
£90
£45 concession

Going Deeper
Booking required

Doorway to the Deep (start Thu 26 Mar 2020)

An intensive meditation course for those with at least 6 months experience and a daily meditation practice.

If we dive deep enough into the sea, we reach a depth where the body is no longer buoyant enough to float nor heavy enough to sink. We remain suspended, hanging in deep blue space, able to move in any direction without the least bit of friction. This place is called the doorway to the deep and it promises to open us to our true nature, our deepest potential when freed from afflictive mental states that bind us to suffering, by either taking us back to the surface or pulling us under. From this place we discover a more creative response to life, full of awareness, love and transformation.

This course includes a day retreat on Sunday the 19th of April.

5 evenings
Thu 26 Mar - Thu 23 Apr 2020
19.00-21.30
incl. a day retreat Sun 19 Apr 10.00-17.00
With: Singhashri
Costs,
£90
£45 concession

Going Deeper
Booking required

The Matrix of Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the all-pervading infra-structure upon which all growth and development, both personal and spiritual can flourish.

In this evening workshop, hosted by the Tuesday evening class, Vajradaka will lead us into practical and direct meditations and exercises which highlight how different facets of mindfulness help us become more positive and go beyond limitations in our meditation and everyday life.

Tuesday 7th April 2020, 19:00 - 21:30
With: Vajradaka
Open to All
No booking required

The Technology of Change - An Introduction to Buddhism and meditation

Can we really find happiness in more and more distraction, and having ever more stuff? Buddhism tells us that this won’t work – but that there is a real happiness to be found, if we look in the right place.

On this course you will learn the two most important Buddhist meditation practices, and try out some powerful Buddhist wisdom teachings that can change the way we see the world.

Using a combination of team-teaching, small-group discussion, meditation, and practical exercises, this course gives us the tools to become more like the person we want to be.

6 mornings
Sat 25 April - Sat 30 May 2020
10.15-12.45
With: Anandavajra
Costs,
£90
£45 concession

Open to All
Booking required (18 places left)

Metta Day (Sun 26 Apr 2020)

Come and spend a nourishing day retreat immersed in metta - friendliness, kindness, unconditional love. Through talks, meditation, discussion and mindful self-compassion we will explore this transformative practice, how it changes our attitude to ourselves and to the other beings who surround us in the world.

Bring veggie lunch to share

Sun 26 Apr 2020, 10:00-17:00
With: Karunagita, Maitrisambhava
Free event. Suggested donation £30/ £15
Open to All
Booking required

Are you curious about Buddhism and Meditation? (start Thur 30 Apr)

This 4 week course will introduce the Buddha, his teaching (Dharma) and the followers of his teaching (Sangha). We will focus on the historical Buddha including key stories about his life and enlightenment as well as exploring Buddhist practice - the Buddhist path laid out in his teaching.

The course is open to all and will include space for questions and discussion.

We will also explore the 'Mindfulness of Breathing' and the 'Metta Bhavana' meditation practices.

4 Thu evenings
Thu 30 Apr - Thu 21 May 2020;
19.00-21.30
With:
Costs,
£60
£28 concession

Open to All
Booking required

Open Weekend Retreat (Fri 22. - Sun 24. May 2020)

A weekend retreat on Buddhism and Buddhist meditation. More details closer to the date.

The retreat will be held at Redfield Retreat Centre in Buckinghamshire. Shared accommodation and vegetarian food (we share the cooking) are provided.

Fri 22. - Sun 24. May 2020
With:
Costs,
£175
£145 low income
£95 concession

Open to All
Booking required

Gentle Transformation: Introduction to Buddhist Meditation (start Wed 27 May 2020)

Meditation helps us to develop awareness and mindfulness as well as positive emotions. It helps us to get to know and change our mind and live a more mindful and richer life. Over time meditation can bring about a gentle but radical transformation.

The course will introduce traditional meditation practices and help you to develop skills in listening and connecting with your body and mind.

Suitable for complete beginners and those in their early stages of their meditation practice.

4 evenings
Wed 27 May - Wed 17 June 2020
19.00-21.30
With:
Costs,
£64 waged
£32 concession

Introductory
Booking required

Opening the Gates of the Senses - Weekend Retreat with the West London Buddhist Centre Sangha (Fri 3. - Sun 5. July 2020)

Going on retreat is one of the most powerful of Buddhist practices – taking time and space, surrounded by nature, to let go of the pressures of daily life and allow the mind naturally to relax and open. There’ll be a simple programme of meditation, study/discussion groups and devotional practice, with plenty of time to do nothing, go for walks or hang out together.

Our retreat location is in the beautiful and highly supportive conditions of Vajrasana, an award winning purpose built Buddhist retreat centre in the midst of the Suffolk countryside, easily accessible from London.

Booking via the West London Buddhist Centre website Please click here to book.

Fri 3. - Sun 5. July 2020
With: Bodhilila, Ratnaprabha
£195/ £170 / £140
Please
Open to All
Booking Information in Description

Dancing with the Elements - Summer Retreat in Spain (Sun 9 - Sat 15 August 2020)

Dancing with the Elements and Opening into the Element of Space Summer retreat At Suryavana Retreat Centre, Spain.
Amalamati, Lalitaraja and Visuddhimati invite you on a journey to explore the elements and discover spaciousness through arts and ritual on a retreat in Spain - near Valencia. Using music, art and movement we will be exploring the elements and drawing inspiration from the arts practice of each of the leaders. Lalitaraja is a professional dancer, Visuddhimati is a visual artist, and Amalamati is a professional pianist.
To book contact Sudaka: info@suryavana.es - discount for early bookings, and if you book with a friend

9 - 15 August 2020
With: Amalamati, Lalitaraja, Visuddhimati
390/340 Euros
Open to All
Booking Information in Description