Meditation groups

Insight Meditation Group led by Jaya Rudgard

Jaya (Karen) Rudgard runs a drop-in Insight meditation group in central Oxford on Monday evening. All are welcome and no booking is necessary. There is a half-hour meditation followed by Q&A, teaching and discussion. Chris Cullen and Brigid Avison will also be teaching on some occasions. These evenings are offered on a dana basis.

Jaya began meditating in 1985, and was ordained as a nun in the Thai Forest Tradition from 1996-2005. Her first teacher was Ajahn Sumedho, and she is currently completing a four-year teacher training with Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein and others. She teaches retreats at Gaia House and in the USA, and also teaches Mindfulness and Mindful Self-Compassion.

VENUE: The Friends Meeting House, St Giles, Oxford
DAY: Mondays
TIME: 7.30-9pm
WHAT TO BRING: mat/blanket, bench or cushion (chairs are available)

Monday Sitting Group 2018 Spring Schedule

8th January – peer led
15th January – Brigid Avison
22nd January – peer led
29th January – Chris Cullen
5th February – Chris Cullen
12th February – Chris Cullen
19th February – peer led
26th February – Jaya Rudgard
5th March – Jaya Rudgard
12th March – Jaya Rudgard
19th March – Jaya Rudgard
26th March – Kathryn Tulip
2nd April – Easter Monday: no meeting

Sunday Sangha Meetings

Sunday 10th December – Florence Park Community Centre, Cornwallis Road, Oxford OX4                                                    3NH (led by Chris Cullen)
Sunday 14th January     – St Margaret’s Institute 30 Polstead Rd, Oxford OX2 6TN
Sunday 4th February     – Florence Park Community Centre
Sunday 18th March        – Florence Park Community Centre (led by Jaya Rudgard)
Sunday 15th April           – Florence Park Community Centre
Sunday 13th May            – Venue TBC
Sunday 24th June           – Venue TBC

11am to 2pm

Please aim to arrive between 11am and 11.15am if possible. If you arrive before that, you may wait in the lobby or outside.
Entrance fee: £5 (£3 concessions)

Sangha is the Pali word for community. These meetings will be an opportunity to practise together, to discuss the teachings of the Buddha, to share food and to get to know each other. Please bring vegetarian food to share. Family members, including children, are welcome to join us, either for the whole session or for the lunch only. The sessions will be suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators.

The meetings will consist of a practice session usually comprising meditation, a recorded talk and a discussion. Lunch will start at 1pm.

The practice session will begin at 11.15. If you arrive after the meditation has started, we ask you to sit on one of the chairs at the back of the room, to avoid disturbing the meditation. You can come forward when it’s finished.

At 12.50, partners and children can come into the hall and join us for lunch.

Most of these meetings will be peer-led and will make use of recorded talks given by experienced Dharma teachers.


From January, we expect to be trying out a few different venues, until we find one that really suits us. Keep looking at this site for further information.


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