Welcome to the Triratna Buddhist Centre Amsterdam!

Our centre will be open from 2nd. of June only for the early morning meditations (max 6 people).

‘early bird’ meditation’
Do you have any experience with meditation and would you like to practice with other meditators at the start of the day?
On Tuesday and Friday morning we meditate together. No meditation instruction will be given. We are practicing the ‘mindfulness of breathing’, the ‘metta bhavana’ as well as an ‘open meditation’. Of course you can choose to do any other meditation you are familiar with.
Both mornings there are two meditations with a 15 minutes break in between.
You can choose to do one of those or both.
!! We can meditate with max 6 people in the shrineroom due to safetyguidelines. We ask you to book a place for each meditationsession using:
ochtendmeditatie@bcatriratna.nl
You then will get a reply and confirmation

Tuesday morning:
7:30 – 8:15
8:30 – 9:15
Friday morning:
8:30 – 9:15
9:30 – 10:15

online
We have put together an ‘online’ programme all in Dutch but here we give you some links to online activities and resources from the wider English speaking Triratna sangha:

Here you can find the the 2 meditations that are taught within Triratna: the ‘Mindfulness of Breathing’ and the ‘Metta Bhavana’ explained.

2. Meditating together every Wednesday evening, each from their own home.

Every Wednesday evening from 7.15-8.00 pm we practice ‘home-together’ the Metta Bhavana (meditation for the development of loving kindness). This metta bhava is adapted to the special time in which we now live. 

1. Metta for ourselves 

2. Metta for a good friend who is having a hard time 

3. Metta for people in vital professions who ensure that services go on 

4. Metta for all people who are sick 

5. Metta for all living beings near and far away in this uncertain time

Via the meditation app ‘Insight timer’ you can set your own bells

3. A short meditation to stop your mind from worrying

One way to stop worrying is to focus our attention on a single object. For the time that we are focusing our minds on the detail of the breath, we cannot worry about anything else, such as the Coronavirus pandemic.

4. The Buddhist Centre online

Here you will find not only introductions, lectures and daily podcasts but also a lot of news about the Triratna centers worldwide. If you enjoy meditating via zoom with people practicing within Triratna worldwide, you can do that twice during the day: 8.30 am and 5.30 pm.

The meditations are not guided, you only hear the bells and you see everyone meditating in their own room, if you look now and then. It is a special feeling of connection.

5. Free Buddhist Audio

This website is operated by Triratna. You will find a wealth of guided meditations, introductions to meditation and many lectures on the Buddhist teachings.

6. Free downloads Windhorse Publications

Now that the center bookshop is closed you can get books on the Dharma, meditation and working with your heart-mind directly from the Windhorse Publications website. Sign up to the Windhorse Publications newsletter here to get a link to a free eBook every week, and details about monthly sales on print books. Create a free sign-up account here to get an additional 10% off all their books. Over the next few months they’re offering free shipping on all orders. There’s never been a better time to read.

In addition to all this there’s a wealth of inspiration from the Triratna London Buddhist Centre to be discovered here.

Please check this website from time to time for actual information about the programme after June 1st.

7. for Young Buddhists < 35

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Are you looking for a meaningful life and meaningful connections with other people? Meditation and practicing Buddhist principles can help you to realize this. It creates a better mental state, a clear mind and, as a consequence, a more meaningful life.

Who we are

The Boeddhistisch Centrum Amsterdam is part of the international Triratna Buddhist Order and community. https://thebuddhistcentre.com/

The centre in Amsterdam organizes activities around meditation and Buddhist teachings for both experienced and inexperienced meditators. All our regular classes are in Dutch, but you are very welcome to join us at the following activities if you have some experience in meditation:

Early bird meditation:

Content:
A good start of the day! We meditate together and have a cup of tea or coffee afterwards for those who want to. There is no meditation instruction, just our little tinkling meditation bell. You can also join us for just a single meditation.

Time:
Every Tuesday 7.30-8.15 and 8.30-9.15 hrs.
Every Friday 8.30-9.15 and 9.30-10.15 hrs.

Location : BCA (WG Terrain) Marius van Bouwdijk Bastiaansestraat 56 Amsterdam

Costs: dana/donation

Information: info@bcatriratna.nl

Conversations with an order member about your meditation practice /
any questions you have about Buddhist principles
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Content:
We might not have many activities in English but it’s always possible to talk with an order member about your meditation practice, or about Buddhist principles. Email us if you like to meet one of us: info@bcatriratna.nl

Location : BCA (WG Terrain) Marius van Bouwdijk Bastiaansestraat 56 Amsterdam

Costs: dana / donation

Study groups

Content:
We organize several study groups on various Buddhist themes in Dutch.
If you have been coming to our center for a while and you want to delve deeper into the dharma, please let us know. If there is sufficient interest, we will start a new study group (in English ). You can also email us about this: info@bcatriratna.nl

Sangha walks

Content:
Sangha walks are organized by Guido, once in every 6 weeks. Guido sets out for us an adventurous walk of approximately 14 kilometer each time, for people who have an affinity with the Triratna movement. It is a relaxed way to solidify our connections with each other and enjoy nature. During the walk there is always a period in which we walk in meditative silence. The points of departure are always easily accessible by public transport from Amsterdam and are free of charge. Please email us if you want to join one of the walks.

Details about the walks can be found in the agenda.

In general

If you want more information, you can contact us by phone, e-mail (info@bcatriratna.nl) or in person in our centre. Visit us (see for our programme and opening hours this website) or fill in our contact form; if you do the latter, we will contact you.
For more information about the Buddhist movement Triratna see:
https://thebuddhistcentre.com/text/what-triratna-buddhist-community