Newcastle Meditation Group
Introduction to the Group
Our evenings usually follow the same format. We start at 7.00pm 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. This takes us to about 8.00pm, when we get together to talk, and finish for 9.00pm.
A monk from Throssel hole visits us now and again to meditate with us and lead us in an informal discussion. This provides the opportunity to ask any questions that are currently 'alive' for us which is very useful.
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 7pm - 9pm each Wednesday night in Jesmond Library, on St George's Terrace, West Jesmond close to Acorn Road. See the map to the left.
We meet in the upstairs meeting room at the back of the Library, but if you come through the front doors someone will point you in the right direction. The library is within easy walking distance of West Jesmond metro station, and Osborne Road which is well served by buses. There's also free parking in the streets around in the evening, although you would need to take note of the permit parking restrictions and park carefully. Aim to arrive before 7pm so we can start on time.
If you have any questions about the group then please get in touch. If you would like to join us but have not done Zazen meditation before 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 Steve : firstname.lastname@example.org
We are meeting weekly in person again now. We ask that attendees take the following precautions to help minimise the risk of spreading infection:
Wear a mask during our meetings
Maintain social distancing as much as possible
Do not attend if you have any flu like symptoms
The meditation room will be ventilated, which might make it colder than usual. So far the heating has done a great job, but be prepared to wear a coat in meditation.