There are two types of classes:
- Introductory courses.
- Ongoing classes for those who have attended a Triratna introductory course. These are known as regulars’ classes.
About Introductory courses
Introductory courses are open to anyone interested in exploring Buddhism and Meditation. The typical format of a session is taught and led meditation that lasts up to 20 minutes and also to explore the major themes of Buddhism. Generally two meditations are taught; one to develop increased awareness (mindfulness) and one to increase positive emotion (kindness to ourselves and others). The major themes covered are the Buddhist approach to ethics, the purpose of meditation and working in meditation and also how Buddhism presents wisdom.
What to Expect
- No prior knowledge is expected.
- A friendly atmosphere.
- Small groups.
- Discussion about the themes presented.
- Meditation is about exploring experience in and of oneself and others. Something to be aware of is that you will be invited to notice your experience not avoid it.
- Courses are a set of classes that build on themes presented each week. The more you can attend the easier it will be for you to access the sessions.
- As they are courses it is not ideal to come to the final sessions but wait for the next one to be advertised.
- If you are concerned that your mental health is not suitable for meditation please consult your doctor. For example, meditation is not recommended when you are in the depths of a depression.
About Ongoing Classes (Regulars’ Classes) For Those Who have Attended A Triratna Introductory Course.
These have a similar format to the introductory classes. There is meditation and exploration of a theme. The meditation is much longer and usually led without guidance. Themes are gone into more depth and over longer periods of time.
Please do not ask to attend a regulars’ class unless you have attended a Triratna introductory course at any Triratna centre or group.
When classes are held in person the address is:
Quaker Meeting House (QMH), 1 Sansom Walk, Worcester. WR1 1UG (See map here) Classes will be in the Main hall (access under the arch and to the right, door on the left).
*Please read guidelines below if you are attending classes at the Quaker Meeting House.
When classes are on Zoom please email WBC either directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) or using the contact form asking for the Zoom link and password. Please also state the name that will appear on Zoom.
The next course starts Dec 3rd 2020 at QMH for 6 weeks.
7.30 – 9.00pm
The venue to be changed to Zoom if the November lockdown continues into December onwards.
The current introductory course will end next Thursday 5th November. This will be on Zoom. I will email the Zoom link and password to those who attended. If we haven’t got your email please contact WBC for the information.
These are on Zoom for the current lockdown: Thursdays 7.30 – 9.00pm
The current Zoom link will continue to be used. Email WBC if you need it.
Saturdays 10.30 – 12.00
The current Zoom link will continue to be used. Email WBC if you need it. The Saturday class at the QMH will resume on 5th December pending government rulings.
Guidelines if attending the Quaker Meeting House:
We are following the Government and Quaker Meeting House guidelines:
- When you arrive at the door to the main hall come straight in and go through to the main room. There will be someone at the door to guide you if it is your first time.
- The nature of the class means that people will arrive about the same time and leave the same time so we won’t be getting in each other’s way.
- One person only in the toilet at a time.
- We won’t be using the kitchen so please bring food and drink with you if you wish.
- Face Coverings. This is the latest guidance for places of worship:
- In England, face coverings are currently required by law to be worn in shops, supermarkets, indoor transport hubs, indoor shopping centres, banks, building societies, post offices and on public transport. From 8 August, face coverings are also required by law to be worn in a greater number of public indoor settings including places of worship, museums, galleries, cinemas and public libraries.
- There are valid exemptions for some individuals and groups to not wear a face covering in these settings. In particular, those who are leading services or events in a place of worship, and those who assist them(for instance by reading, preaching, or leading prayer) do not always need to wear a face covering, although one should be worn especially if physical distancing cannot be maintained (i.e. distributing consumables) This exemption does not apply to worshippers, who should wear face coverings consistent with the requirements for any other public space.
- There may be other requirements introduced on arrival.