The class takes place at the Friends' Meeting House, Orchard Road, Great Malvern WR14 3DA. Beginners to this tradition come at 7.00pm to learn the Samatha meditation practice which is structured and guided. This teaching therefore happens over a few months, gradually building up confidence and skill. There is opportunity to talk with the teacher about how practice is going on a one-to-one basis.
Classes are held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, and on 5th Mondays when they occur. Coming dates are November 12th and 26th and December 10th. After a break for Christmas and the New Year, classes will start again on January 14th and continue to July 21st.
Experienced meditators arrive later, currently at 7.45 pm. They join the beginners for coffee/tea and conversation on some aspect of Buddhist teaching before they meet for a group meditation practice. At an appropriate time newcomers are invited to stay for this part of the evening to share in the experience of a long group practice.
Sometimes a study group for experienced meditators follows; meditators are invited to join this when it is right for them.
The Friends' Meeting House on Orchard Road is a short walk from Priory Park, or can be reached by car from Malvern town centre via Abbey Road, forking left onto Priory Road. Orchard Road is then on the left, opposite College Road. There is a small car park at the Meeting House, or usually parking available on the street
As we usually sit for practice on a hard wooden floor, it's useful to bring a yoga mat, blanket or other soft surface to rest your knees on. There are some cushions in the Meeting House, though some people bring their own from home. Those who are physically unable to sit on the floor may sit on a suitable chair.
It is customary not to charge anything for teaching , which is freely given. However, we rely on the generosity of those there to cover the room hire and refreshments and most people leave £3 -£5 pounds if they can afford it. You do not need to register or book for a full series of classes - come and try it out!
If you have any questions, you can phone the teacher David Arnold on 01684 893518 or contact him via email firstname.lastname@example.org.