Scarborough: Buddhism and Meditation Course (on Zoom) starting in 2022
at Crossgates Community Centre in Scarborough
Mahasraddha, Karen and Rachel have moved to Scarborough to start a Scarborough Triratna Buddhist Group, and will be teaching meditation and an introduction to Buddhism via 6 week courses, starting in January 2022. You can find out more about them by clicking on the photos below
The course – Finding Peace in a Turbulent World – An Introduction to Buddhism, will introduce you to the basics of the Buddha's teaching:
* How the ups and downs of life (the so-called Worldly Winds) blow us around and cause us pain.
* How to change our experience of the world
* Natural ethics and how they can help us do this
* How things are not as they seem - and why it is important to understand this
No experience of Buddhism or meditation is needed. Just come along whatever your experience.
During the course, we will be teaching two traditional meditations - the Mindfulness of Breathing and a Loving-Kindness meditation (traditionally called the Metta Bhavana). The Mindfulness of Breathing meditation helps us become calmer, more centred and concentrated, taking the breath as the object of attention and noticing it coming and going in a relaxed, open way. Settling the attention on the breath lets our mind quieten down and awareness deepen.
The Metta Bhavana meditation practice helps us to develop a gentle and deeply rewarding transformation in our emotional life. Through wishing ourselves and others happiness and well-being, we can become more emotionally positive, kind, and compassionate.
Apart from a £12 booking fee this course is freely offered. However we do need to pay for the venue each week so a donation of £5-£10 each week would be very much appreciated.
There is no charge for this course except for the Registration Fee. However, we do need to pay for the venue each week so we would ask you to donate a small amount at each class to help us to do this.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to book?
What should I wear?
You don't need any special clothing or equipment.
Do I need to be a Buddhist or wish to become one?
Absolutely not! Everyone is welcome and there is no pressure for you to practise in a set way or make any commitment at all, other than attending the course every week. Many of our regulars do not consider themselves to be Buddhists - they just find the teachings useful.
How much does the course cost?
It is free (apart from the registration fee) but we ask you to make a small donation of £5-£10 per week if you can, as we have no income other than that which comes from those who use the Centre. However donations are entirely optional.
Is it okay to join on Week Two or miss a class?
We would rather that you didn't as it does put you behind others. However, if you unavoidably miss a class, we will do all we can to help you catch up.
Are there any weird rituals?
No, this is a very practical course exploring how we can live our lives in a more peaceful and contented way.