Buddhist Meditation in Southampton

What is meditation?

Meditation is a path of discovery. By regularly practising the three basic methods taught in the Triratna Buddhist Community, you can become more deeply aware of what is happening in your mind and gradually become clearer, more lucid, kinder and more accepting of yourself and others.

This quote is taken from

The Dhammapada, one of the earliest collections of the Buddha's teachings. These words express the central importance given to the mind in Buddhism. In a sense, we are what we think.

Experiences are preceded by mind, led by mind, and produced by mind.

If one speaks or acts with an impure mind,

suffering follows even as the cart-wheel follows the hoof of the ox.


Experiences are preceded by mind, led by mind, and produced by mind.

If one speaks or acts with a pure mind,

happiness follows like a shadow that never departs.


The Meditation practices we teach in the Triratna Buddhist Community

The Mindfulness
of Breathing


This traditional Buddhist practice cultivates awareness of ourself - our body, thoughts, feelings and our relationship to the reality around us by focusing on our actual experience of breathing it helps create calm and clarity etc etc

 read about Mindfulness Meditation 


Loving Kindness
('Metta Bhavana')

Another traditional Buddhist practice that helps us to nurture and grow our capacity for kindness towards ourselves and others. This practice can transform the way we experience the world and help us feel a warmer connection with all living beings.


 read about loving kindness meditations 

Just Sitting/
Body Awareness

A good way to begin and end a meditation as it grounds our awareness in our present experience.
It is very helpful to know how we are at the beginning of a practice and how the meditation has affected us at the end.

It is a practice in its own right and is particularly helpful if anxious
or very distracted.