Worcester Buddhist Centre

Buddhism for modern life

Buddha

Introductory courses and in-depth Buddhist practice at the heart of Worcester city centre.

  • Learn to meditate

  • Develop mindfulness 

  • Explore the treasures of Buddhism 

  • Gain the tools we all need for a happy life

Meditation

Autumn 2022
introductory courses

Learn how to meditate and the foundations of Buddhist practice

Thursday evenings
Oct 6 - Nov 10

7.30 - 9.45
Seven week course

 

Saturday mornings
Nov 19 - Dec 17
10.30 - 12.45
Five week course

Autumn regulars' classes

Thursday evenings
Sept 8 - Dec 22
7.30 - 9.30

Saturday mornings
Sept 10 - Dec 17
10.30 - 12.45

Go deeper with Buddhism and meditate for longer. Open to all who have completed a Triratna introductory course.

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Our story

We are a part of the worldwide Buddhist movement called Triratna. The centre was started by order member Vajragupta early in 2002. He was chair of Birmingham Buddhist Centre at the time and wanted to start outreach classes in nearby towns and cities. He and newly ordained Nibbhaya drove from Birmingham each Tuesday evening in the centre’s old van with mats cushions and a rupa (statue of the Buddha) and led classes at the University.

 

Nowadays our classes take place on Thursdays and Saturdays at the Quaker Meeting House in the centre of Worcester and are led by Nibbhaya, newly ordained Sthiradharma and other experienced members of the team.

 

There is a lovely atmosphere at the Quaker Meeting House that is  conducive to meditation, mindfulness and reflection.

 

Anyone of any faith or none is welcome to join us. We look forward to meeting you.

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FAQ

What happens in an introductory course?

Introductory courses normally last six weeks. We teach a structured course covering the basics of Buddhism. During the course participants also learn the body scan, mindfulness of breathing meditation and loving kindness meditations. We ask that people commit to continuing the practices and exercises in-between lessons so they can feedback experience of how they have got on to the rest of the group next time - emails with links to guided meditations are sent to participants. One of the three jewels of Buddhism is Sangha, sometimes translated as community (the other jewels being Buddha, and Dharma - the Buddha's teachings). A genuine feeling of community can develop during the course when people wholeheartedly take part. After completing an introductory course, if people wish, they can continue coming to Worcester Buddhist Centre by joining our regulars classes which take place at the same times as the introductory courses. You do not have to consider yourself a "Buddhist" to come to either our regulars or introductory classes.

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What happens in the regulars class?

The regulars class is a natural progression from the introductory course. The meditations tend to be longer and we explore Buddhism going beyond the basics learnt on the introductory course. You do not have to consider yourself a "Buddhist" to come to either our regulars or introductory classes. We ask that only people who have completed an introductory course come to the regulars class.

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What do classes cost?

Classes are on a donation basis.  A suggested donation would be £10.00 but please give according to your circumstances. We do not want cost to be a barrier to people attending. 

Was Buddha a god?

No. Buddha was a man called Siddhartha Gautama who lived 2,500 years ago and through training his mind became awake to reality. The word Buddha literally means awake.

What is meditation?

Meditation is a method of training the mind using mindfulness and concentration. Typically in our classes we teach the "mindfulness of breathing" which stills the mind and develops the powers of concentration and "loving kindness" meditation which develops love and a feeling of connection with life.

Does Buddhism unduly focus on the suffering in life?

Buddhism actually teaches the way out of suffering. Using Buddhist practices people can find they become much more receptive to the beauty of life that is in us and around us all of the time.

What is mindfulness?

"Awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally" is the definition of mindfulness according to the father of secular mindfulness Jon Kabat-Zinn. In Buddhism paying attention to the present moment is seen as being very important - without it one could not meditate and it would be very hard to develop spiritually. Mindfulness is explored more deeply and taken further than the secular model in our Buddhist classes.

Do I have to be a Buddhist to come to Worcester Buddhist Centre?

No you don't. People of any faith or none can come. Everyone is welcome!

What if I disagree with the teacher?

That is fine! Positive doubt and a questioning mind are encouraged in Buddhism. We like people to ask questions and to test what they are taught here to see if it works.

 
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Events for your diary

Thursday taste of Buddhism drop ins

September 8, 15, 22 and 29

7.30 - 9.45pm

Drop in sessions where you can "dip your toe" into Buddhism, ask questions, see what we have to offer and find out if it's the right fit for you. There'll be a 20 minute meditation led by an experienced teacher followed by tea and a led discussion on a Buddhist theme. Everyone is welcome - open to all. 

Saturday taste of Buddhism drop ins

September 10, 17, 24 and October 1

10.30am - 12.45pm

Drop in sessions where you can "dip your toe" into Buddhism, ask questions, see what we have to offer and find out if it's the right fit for you. There'll be a 20 minute meditation led by an experienced teacher followed by tea and a led discussion on a Buddhist theme. Everyone is welcome - open to all. 

Dharma day celebration

A celebration of the Dharma (teachings of the Buddha) through the traditional ritual of a Puja.

Thursday July 21
7.30pm - 9.45pm

Padmasambhava day celebration

Saturday October 8
10.30am - 12.45am

Padmasambhava is an important figure in the Buddhist tradition and in Triratna. He stands at the crossroads where history and myth meet. He is Padmasambhava the sorcerer as well as Padmasambhava the monk. He shape-shifts and fascinates us to go beyond ourselves into unimagined realms.

 

The founder of Triratna, Sangharakshita has a particular connection with Padmasambhava – one of his teachers gave him the name ‘Urgyen’ which means ‘belonging to the land of Uddiyana’ (birthplace of Padmasambhava). 

We will be celebrating the mysterious figure of Padmasambhava with a Puja that will include chanting the Padmasambhava mantra.

Sangha day celebration

Join us in a puja celebrating the Sangha or Buddhist community.

Thursday November 10

7.30pm - 9.45pm

 

Where to find us

The Quaker Meeting House

1 Sansome Walk, Worcester WR1 1UG

 

(Walk up the path turn right under archway and use the door on the left into the main building)

 

We are looking for a permanent home but currently most of our events take place at the Quaker Meeting House in Worcester. It is an oasis of peace with an atmosphere very conducive to meditation, mindfulness and reflection.