Introduction to the Group
Our evenings usually follow the same format. We start at 7.30pm with a short service consisting of an incense offering and a scripture recitation. We then meditate for twenty minutes, followed by five minutes of walking meditation, then do a further twenty minutes of meditation, finishing with a short litany recitation.
The meditation is normally finished by 8.45pm, at which time some people leave early, others stay longer to talk over tea and biscuits, finishing at around 9.45pm. Once a month we listen to a recorded dharma talk given by one of the monks at Throssel Hole.
We also have a monk allocated to us from Throssel: Rev. Master Adelin Bryceson. Rev. Adelin visits once every other month to meditate with us and lead us in an informal discussion. We have the opportunity to ask any questions that are currently 'alive' for us which is a great opportunity.
In addition we sometimes arrange day retreats and other events, and group members regularly visit Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey for festival days as well as longer retreats. Transport to Throssel can be shared.
Meeting Times and Location
We meet every Wednesday night in Jesmond, to the north of central Newcastle. We hire a room in Jesmond United Reformed Church on Burdon Terrace, Google map here. The entrance is down a short alleyway between the church buildings, around about where the green arrow is shown on the previous Google Map link. Jesmond metro station is within easy walking distance and there are buses serving Osborne Road and the Coast Road which isn't far away. After 6.30pm there's plenty of free parking outside on Burdon Terrace.
Aim to arrive at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start.
If you have any questions about the group then please get in touch. If you would like to join us but not have not meditated before within our tradition of Buddhism then we recommend you contact us before your first visit so that meditation instruction can be arranged.
If you have been before, or meditated at Throssel Hole or another OBC group then please feel welcome to join us at any time.
Email us at:
newcastle 'at' northeastserenereflection 'dot' org 'dot' uk (please replace the explicit spellings with characters; we have spelt this out to hide from spambots)
Steve Roberts on 01830-520760