What is Buddhism?
Buddhism is a radical viewpoint on ourselves and the world we live in based on love, compassion and wisdom.
It enables us to live more satisfying, meaningful lives and to help others to do the same.
The basic teachings of Buddhism are straightforward and practical:
- nothing is fixed or permanent
- actions have consequences
- change is possible, there is an interconnectedness at the heart of things
Living a life based on these teachings means to live life from a kind and open heart. Buddhism promotes living an ethical life that will transform our lives and our world. We are encouraged to try the teachings for ourselves and only practice what we find helpful.
Buddhism addresses itself to all people irrespective of ethnicity, nationality, or gender. It teaches practical methods (such as meditation) which enable us to realise and utilise its teachings in order to transform our experience, to be fully responsible for our lives and to develop the qualities of Wisdom and Compassion.Buddhism is a path of practice and spiritual development leading to Insight into the true nature of life. The Insight of the Buddha could be described as seeing that all things arise in dependence upon conditions.
Buddhist practices such as meditation are means of changing oneself in order to develop the qualities of awareness, kindness, and wisdom. The experience developed within the Buddhist tradition over thousands of years has created an incomparable resource for all those who wish to follow a path – a path which ultimately culminates in Enlightenment or Buddhahood.
There are around 350 million Buddhists and a growing number of them are Westerners. They follow many different forms of Buddhism. All traditions are characterised by an understanding of non-violence and tolerance, and take their spiritual guidance from the historical Buddha and his Insight.
The Ipswich Buddhist Centre is part of the Triratna Buddhist Community (formerly Friends of the Western Buddhist Order) founded by an Englishman called Sangharakshita in 1967.
We strive to follow the Buddha’s teachings in a contemporary culture.
Learn to Meditate
Meditation is a way of becoming calmer, open and alive to our moment-to-moment experience. With the increased awareness that this brings we are able to leave behind stressful and limiting states of mind and the suffering they bring.
Awareness brings with it the ability to choose a more satisfying and fulfilling way of being. Whether it is peace of mind that one is looking for, or a deeper insight into our very nature and a radical transformation, then meditation is a profound tool.
A regular meditation practice builds up like drops of water filling a pot. We free ourselves gradually from self-limiting habits and states of mind. Meditation supports us to act and to live the life we would wish.
We teach two simple but profound meditation practices – part of a compete system of practice – that are as old as Buddhism itself:
- Mindfulness of Breathing, which calms our mind and gathers our awareness into the present moment.
- Metta Bhavana, or ‘development of loving kindness’, which helps us to develop friendliness for others and ourselves.
It is much easier to develop a good meditation practice in company with others. Our classes are supportive groups where you can learn how to sit well and overcome the hindrances we all experience.
Our beginner session on Saturday mornings is very popular. Whether you’re interested in learning to meditate, develop mindfulness or would like to learn more about Buddhism, this session is a great place to start.
There is no need to book. Just turn up a few minutes before the session start time. You can be sure of a warm welcome. Everything you need is provided including tea and biscuits. There is no charge but we do appreciate your generosity. (Note: this session is currently online so please supply your own tea & biscuits!)
Also, check out our Tuesday lunchtime meditation sessions which are for all abilities.
Each year we run several Buddhism for Beginners six week courses which are also a great place to start
10:30am to 12:30 noon
NEXT OPEN DAY as soon as COVID19 allows (check for updates)
If you have ever thought about coming to the Ipswich Buddhist Centre then this day will be ideal.
A great chance to get a taste of meditation and an introduction to Buddhist ideas and practice. We introduce how these can be of benefit in a modern life. There will be talks, discussion and practical sessions.
Don’t feel you have to wait for an Open Day. You are welcome to come along to our Introductory session on Saturday mornings where you can sample meditation and take part in a discussion group.