A WARM WELCOME to Newcastle Buddhist Centre!
We are a community of practising Buddhists, part of the worldwide network of the Triratna Buddhist Community.
At Newcastle Buddhist Centre, you will find:
♦ introductory drop-in classes in meditation and Buddhism
♦ regular events to help you explore Buddhist practice in your own life
♦ an experienced teaching team including a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order
♦ like-minded people and a very friendly welcome.
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Monday Evening Introductory Drop-ins
These run every Monday except Bank Holidays. Feel free to come to either or both, and join us for a cup of tea in between. The classes are by donation, which helps us with the running costs of the Centre. You don’t need to book.
We run a drop-in meditation class every Monday from 5:30pm-6:30pm. This is aimed at total beginners and is free. We usually alternate between two meditation practices, the Mindfulness of Breathing and the Metta Bhavana. There’s nothing special you need to bring, but you might find loose clothing more comfortable.
Buddhism for Today 6.45-7.30pm
We introduce a key aspect of the Buddha’s teachings each week. The sessions form a rolling 8-week programme of basic Buddhism, so you can treat it as an introductory course if you wish. You can join at any time.
Sangha Nights – every Wednesday
Our weekly Sangha night is a chance to come together with Buddhists and others interested in Buddhism to meet, meditate and share your experience of Buddhist practice. It is open to anyone who has learned the basic meditation practices (the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana). Times are as follows:
5:30-6:30 – opportunity for a shared meal – please bring along a vegetarian contribution
6:30-7:15 – meditation
7:15-7:30 – break
7:30-8:15 – Dharma talk and discussion (‘Dharma’ means the spiritual path taught by the Buddha)
8:15-8:45 – tea break
8:45-9:30 – meditation, offerings and mantra (or monthly Puja, usually on the last Wednesday of the month)
You can join the evening at the beginning or at any of the breaks.
We also run practice groups for those who are committed to practising Buddhism within the Triratna Community. Please ask any of the Centre team if you are interested.