Introduction to Buddhism and Meditation Course

 Wed 25th Jan 2023  7:30 pm - 9:45 pm

Our newcomers courses introduce you to the two most important Buddhist meditation practices, along with radical Buddhist ideas that can give a new vision of what it means to be a human being, and a new depth and meaning to life.

Through a combination of team teaching, discussion and practical exercises, this course is the main gateway to the other Buddhist activities at the centre, and to a friendly, thriving community of Buddhist practitioners.

The course will run at Sheffield Buddhist Centre from Wednesday 25th January for 6 weeks at 7.30pm. Don’t worry if you can’t make every session, let us know your availability and we will try and accommodate you. Booking is essential.

All Buddhism classes are offered free of charge. Donations are welcome but completely voluntary. The centre is run on the basis of a ‘generosity economy’.

Booking for this course will open at 5.30pm on Wednesday 4th January. If you visit this page after that time and no places are available, please email us to join the waiting list.

 

Bookings

This event is fully booked.

Jordana

I first became interested in Buddhism as a teenager from a chance encounter with a book found in my school library. I was immediately struck by how Buddhism taught that I could change how I experience the world and that I could grow as a person. However, it wasn’t until many years later at the Sheffield Buddhist centre, that I began to commit myself fully to Buddhist practice as I saw that practicing Buddhist teachings was having a very positive impact on my life and on the lives of others.

I was delighted to join the Still Learning Team in November 2018. My previous work has been as a teacher and as an artist and I feel privileged to be able to bring those skills together with my passion for Buddhism in order to teach children and young people about Buddhism.

Aryadasa

I first came into contact with Buddhism in my final year of university when I attended an introductory course at the Sheffield Buddhist Centre. I was instantly captivated by the revolutionary yet practical nature of the Dharma (teachings of the Buddha).

I began to meditate and apply Buddhism into my daily life and found that it actually worked! I had started to view the world differently and in a way that made me happier. I gained great confidence by this and became a committed Buddhist practitioner soon afterwards.

I enjoy sharing with others what I have learnt and how Buddhism has transformed me so I was delighted to join the Still Learning team in October 2013.

Buddhist Artefacts

Suitable for all Key Stages A fun activity for all ages. Explore a range of traditional Buddhist artefacts. Can you guess what they might be used for? Pupils and teachers love the hands-on approach of this game.

Ethics and Kamra

We have a range of exercises and activities, depending on ages and ability levels, exploring Buddhist ethics and their implications for how we might live as Buddhists.  

The Life of the Buddha

How did the Buddha become the Buddha? Who was he before? What is enlightenment?

An understanding of the Buddha’s life story is an indispensable introduction to the religion. We draw out the key aspects using a beautiful painting that depicts the different events from the story.

The Three Jewels

We often theme our tours and visits around the Three Jewels of Buddhism, the Buddha, the Dhamra and the Sangha. Find out why the Three Jewels are common and central to all schools of Buddhism.

Stilling Activity

Very popular with both students and teachers, this exercise will give you a taste of what it’s like to meditate.