The emphasis at NBW is on practice and exercises. If you are a newcomer we only ask that you follow our programme from the beginning (induction), whatever your past experience. There are no fees for anything but donations are accepted from those who can afford it. Here is the learning process:
2019 LEARNING PROGRAM
New Buddha Way has three levels of learning:
1. Newcomers & Beginners Class, free two hour induction, and introduction to concentration, mindfulness and open-heartedness. Takes place every six weeks in Woking. Apply at firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Community Sessions, free weekly 2-hour sessions in Woking and Guildford, linked to Community Retreats (residential weekend); training supported by an optional programme of exercises set out in Booklet 1. email@example.com
3. Root Sessions, free, optional montly 1½ hour sessions in Woking, linked to Root Retreat (residential weekend); training supported by a programme of exercises set out in Booklet 2. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
COMMUNITY SESSIONS – LEARNING PROGRAMME
The learning programme at this level takes place after the meditation hour at the weekly Community Sessions on Sundays (Guildford) and Wednesdays (Woking). No special requirements for entering this programme, other than attendance at the Newcomers & Beginners’ Class. The programme is optional (one can just do the 1 hour meditation if one prefers), and it is free. Each programme continues for 14 weeks (Jan-April) and then is repeated (Sept-Dec) after a break. If you wish to proceed to the Root Session (below) you will first need to regularly attend this Community Session programme.
DATES Jan-Apr 2019
4 Noble Truths
Doors / insects
Some, not all
8-10th Root Retreat
Loving kindness / chant
ROOT SESSIONS – LEARNING PROGRAMME
Requirements for access to Root Session
Has attended the Newcomers & Beginners Class
Has attended the Community Session regularly for at least one year
Has completed the ‘Community Learning Programme’ (see Booklet)
Has attended at least two Community Retreats (residential)
Has attended at least one Root Retreat (residential) [first one is on 8-10th March 2019]
Has visited a ‘Thai Forest monastery: Cittaviveka (Petersfield), or Amaravati (Hemel Hempstead) or Forest Hermitage (Warwick) for meditation and Dhamma talk.
Undertakes to register for and follow the ‘Root Learning Programme’ [see Booklet 2]
Endeavours to attend additional Root Workshops when possible
Has had a preliminary Dhamma discussion with Geoff, if requested
Participation in the Root Session is limited.
Attending the Root Sessions is an optional extra. It not something expected of all NBW participants, and it is envisaged that most participants will be happy to remain with Community Sessions & Retreats.
There will be two entry dates to the Root Session each year.
Each applicant should first honestly assess whether they are ready for the Root Session.
For training purposes the exercises in Books 1 (Community level) and Book 2 (Root level) must be understood and actually enacted until unhelpful habits are dissolved.
The 2019 Root Session Learning Programme lasts for an indefinite period, starting on Friday 14th June 2019, 7.30-9.00pm in Woking (Maybury Centre) only. Sorry, but it will not yet take place at our Guildford venue for logistical reasons.
Information and questions concerning either of the two programmes:
In addition to the three-level programme of practices outlined above we hold silent weekend retreats. Retreats are designed for those who wish to begin intensifying their practice and are most suitable for those who have at least completed one cycle of teachings of the weekly Community Sessions, but are open to anyone. On the weekend retreat the maximum sitting meditation period is 60 minutes unbroken, and it usually takes place at an independent retreat centre in the Surrey, UK area.
There are also occasional one-off Workshops that focus on interpreting specific classical texts (Theravada, Mahayana and other), and this is open to experienced meditators. For example, we held a well-attended Workshop on the Anapanasati sutta (mindfulnes of breathing) in 2019.
Self-test: Concerning the Four Noble Truths, what does the following statement mean? “The noble truth of suffering must be understood, the origin of suffering must be abandoned, the cessation of suffering (i.e. peace) must be realized, and the path to cessation must be developed.”