The next step for those who have taken the Newcomers & Beginners Class is to attend our Community Sessions where you can follow our 'Daily Exercise Programme', free of charge. This programme was created by NBW in June 2017.
You can follow the completely free programme, with guidance and discussion, over a 6 month period.
This is how it works:
You receive a leaflet every two weeks which gives an instruction on how to practice a particular exercise while at home, at work, with friends or wherever, whenever.
After practising the exercise in daily life, you bring your experience of the exercise back to the Community Session where, if you wish, you can share your benefits and challenges with others and also listen to what they have to say about their experience. So it is shared learning. Each discussion follows on the usual one hour of meditation and the tea break, and lasts about 45 minutes. It is guided by a meditation teacher.
Approach 1 and 2
The programme is divided into Aproach 1 and Approach 2. On completing Approach 1 you may judge yourself ready to move to Approach 2. Each approach has about 10-12 exercises in it.
'Approach 1' of the programme (late 2017) finished in Dec 2017 and will be repeated from 21st Jan. 2018.
'Approach 2' is for those who have completed Approach 1' and will also start on 21st Jan. and run for 6 months.
Concluding an Approach
At the end of each 'Approach' you receive a 'Summary Card', which you may keep as a record and reminder for continuing the practice of developing concentration, mindfulness and open-heartedness.
More details of the programme appear in the NBW Newsletter from time to time. You receive the free Newsletter after you have taken the Newcomers' & Beginners' Class.
So that NBW can keep up with the printing of the exercise leaflets, please hold onto your copies. Use them as reminders. NBW cannot provide fresh copies of an exercise at each session.
Explanations of the exercises and their links to the Noble Eightfold Path are given in detail at the free Community Sessions. If you attend regularly you will start to build them up and connect them, so you will see the benefits.
Also at the Community sessions you can share your experience of the exercises with others and ask the teachers questions.
If you attend regularly then you will not miss exercises and you will complete an 'Approach' on time. This makes things easier for the meditation teachers. The exercises will eventually bring more peace, wisdom and compassion into your life if you maintain them on a daily basis. If you miss them for a period then start again.