Introduction to Buddhism & Meditation Course

A six-week course in the essentials

7.15 - 9.45pm | In person | £140/£85

Buddhism offers us a method for training our minds in the direction of more positivity, courage and clarity. Like all systems of training it is key we understand the fundamentals of that method so that we lay good foundations from the beginning. This course aims to give you those fundamentals. 

If you're new to meditation or Buddhism, this six-week course will introduce you to key principles and practices in a friendly context.

By learning how to meditate, you will be able to cultivate more self-awareness, open-heartedness and insight. By reflecting on how the Buddha's teachings are relevant to your life, you will gain glimpses of a more expansive vision and tools that can benefit you for many years to come.

This course is ideal for understanding the wider context and purpose of Buddhist practice, and where meditation fits in. We run these courses on a regular basis and you can now book in advance.

Structure of the course

We'll explore:

  • The mindfulness of breathing meditation practice designed to cultivate focus
  • The metta bhavana meditation practice designed to cultivate friendliness and positivity
  • What is Enlightenment
  • How we shape our lives through our actions of body, speech and mind
  • The 5 key principles of action we can use to shape more positive lives
  • Devotion and ritual and its place in Buddhist practise
  • Opening to the forces of Enlightenment both within and outside ourselves

Week 1

Learn the basics of meditation posture, practise the initial stages of the Mindfulness of Breathing and explore the life story of the Buddha.

Week 2

Learn the full Mindfulness of Breathing meditation practice and delve into the meaning of Enlightenment in Buddhism.

Week 3

Explore the meaning of Karma in Buddhism and how we can work with it, as well as discovering new ways of engaging with meditation.

Week 4

Start to learn the Metta Bhavana meditation practice and discover the five principles of action that help us move our lives in more positive directions.

Week 5

Learn the full Metta Bhavana practice and explore ritual and devotion in Buddhism and opening to the influence of Enlightenment both within and outside ourselves.

Week 6

Consolidate what you have learned, explore your next steps and hear a full Dharma talk.

Is this course for me?

This introductory course is open to everyone, including complete newcomers, and is aimed at making meditation and Buddhism accessible to all.

The classes take place at the London Buddhist Centre, in a friendly environment. They are led by Buddhist teachers who will guide you through each week's topic, answer your questions, and help you to reflect on how the teachings are relevant in your life.

There will also be opportunities to connect with others, through discussion and a tea break. After each class, we will send you a follow-up email with the key ideas and practices to try out during the week. We'll also support you to think about next steps when the course ends.

We hope to see you there!

Upcoming Dates

12 Aug - 16 Sep | 7.15 - 9.45pm

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4 Nov - 9 Dec | 7.15 - 9.45pm

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get the most from the course?

Here are some top tips for taking part: 

Come every week – whether you feel like it or not. If you look for motivation before you do something, you reverse your motivation; mostly you only want to do something when you’re actually doing it. 

Come early – so you can relax before the class.

Do your ‘home practice’ every day – then each week you’ll be in a small group to check in about how that went.

What if I can’t make every session?

Often people need to miss a session or two, so feel free to book anyway. We'll send follow-up emails which will recap some of the content you missed.

If you are going to miss a class –  Just get in touch so that we know and do come back the following week.

What if I can’t afford it?

If money is a barrier to you booking on a course, you can use the concessionary rate or alternatively email or call 02087099978 (10am-5pm weekdays) and we would be happy to discuss other ways to help you get on retreat.

You can read more information about payments and cancellations on our Bookings Policy page here.