Meditation & Dharma Book Club
The class takes place in two halves. In the first half, we explore one of two Buddhist meditations. After a short break, we will explore another aspect of Buddhism with an opportunity for discussion. You can join either, or both, halves.
We teach two Buddhist meditation practices: Mindfulness of Breathing, for developing awareness, integration and clarity of mind; and Mettā Bhāvanā ("development of loving kindness"), which brings about a gentle but radical transformation of our emotional world. Each week we alternate between the two practices.
We will help you to set up in good posture and give a fully led practice, so there is no need for any previous experience.
Dharma Book Club
Dharma is the name for the teachings of the Buddha. We use books which explore Dharma in a way that is accessible and practical to everyday life in the modern world. Although you will get the most out of the class if you come to every week on a particular book, there is no need for any previous knowledge and you can start coming at any point in the series. You do not need to have read the book beforehand.
The current book we are studying is Tales of Freedom by Vessantara. Drawing on stories from a variety of Buddhist traditions, we explore how we can break out of our self-imposed mental prisons and become wise and compassionate.
How To Join
This class is running at our centre in Newtown. But if you are self-isolating at home, you can also participate online using Zoom.
Use a PC or Mac
Use a Mobile or Tablet
Before the start time, download the Zoom Mobile App using one of the links below. You do not need to create an account or sign in.
A few minutes before we're due to start, click here to join.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to book a place?
No, just turn up!
Is it okay to join in the middle of a book?
Absolutely. Although we read through a book, we will make it accessible for all levels and there's no need to wait until the start of the next book if you want to start coming.
Can I come just for the meditation, or just for the book club?
Of course! If you're just joining for the book club, join us around 11:30am.
What should I wear for the meditation and how should I sit?
There are no special requirements, just make sure you'll be comfortable to sit for the length of the meditation. If you're joining us online and don't have meditation equipment, a dining room chair will be perfectly suitable. If you're joining us in person, you'll need a face mask: please bring your own if you have one or take one of ours when you arrive.
Do I need to be a Buddhist?
No, the class is suitable for everyone who wants to meditate or learn about Buddhism.
Do I need to have read the book beforehand?
No, we will read the current material together before discussing.
How much does the class cost?
We don't charge a fixed price for our classes but instead invite you to make a donation to the centre to help us cover our running costs.
A donation of $10-20 would help us to cover our costs, but everyone is equally welcome, even if you cannot give anything at all.
Where to Find Us
We're in Newtown, a few minutes walk away from the station.