Triratna Centres teach meditation and Buddhism through classes and courses. Teaching in Triratna is done by members of the Triratna Buddhist Order who are themselves experienced in the practice and study of meditation and Buddhism.
There is no expectation that people attending the centre will be Buddhists, nor that they will agree with Buddhist teachings. Classes are an opportunity to learn and test out Buddhist practices in the light of one’s own experience, and in an atmosphere of friendly, encouraging, open communication.
For details on Triratna Centre locations worldwide and other activities, see our find us section.
Open meditation classes
Open classes are the best brief introduction to meditation. The programme of the evening varies from centre to centre and from week to week, but all the classes teach two basic meditation practices: mindfulness of breathing and the
development of loving-kindness. As well as this there may be a talk on an aspect of meditation or Buddhism; time to ask questions and share your experiences in small discussion groups; or another activity, such as walking meditation, which supports the main practice.
Various levels of meditation courses give a thorough grounding in the principles and practices of meditation. As well as simply learning the basic techniques of meditation, the Buddhist tradition has a great deal to say about how to work with those techniques, how to address difficulties, what the benefits of meditation practice can be, and how meditation relates to daily life.
Buddhism courses cover the principles and practices of basic Buddhism. By looking at the human situation from the Buddhist perspective one learns to live with greater awareness, ethical sensitivity, and friendliness. The courses
involve not just theory, but metaphor, myth, and the practical implications of the Buddhist view of life.
Day events and weekend retreats
Triratna Centres also provide a range of activities at weekends, from intensive meditation days, to study days or workshops on aspects of the Arts. As well as these activities, Buddhist centres often also offer health and bodywork classes, such as T’ai Chi or yoga.
Contact your nearest centre to find out what classes they offer.
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