Information for Beginners

Where do I start?

We may have a wish to learn how to meditate, or to find out about Buddhism, but where do we start?

The General Programme (GP) Classes at Kadampa Meditation Centre Liverpool and its branches are the perfect place. We may have begun our exploration of Buddhism through reading books on our own, but actually training our mind through meditation depends on guidance from a qualified instructor. It is also invaluable to have the support of fellow practitioners.

The classes are designed both as a series and as stand-alone classes, so you can attend any class even if the series has already started.
You may also be interested in attending our Wednesday morning meditation sessions at the Sefton Park Palm House.

Who are these classes for?

Our meditation classes are for everyone who is interested in learning how to meditate, regardless of background or beliefs. They are designed to give a broad introduction to Buddhist meditation, teachings, and practice.
Buddhism is a non-evangelical religion and so everyone is invited to use whichever aspects of the teachings they find helpful and to not worry about the rest!

What will I gain from these classes?

The classes will allow you to unwind your mind and return home relaxed and refreshed. They will provide you with new tools for dealing with stress, anxiety, and problems. They will also help you to overcome negative states of mind such as anger and jealousy, and to cultivate positive minds such as patience and love.
The talks and guided meditations will provide you with the foundation for developing a powerful meditation practice. A regular meditation practice has many benefits:

  • Helps reduce stress
  • Overcomes anxiety and worry
  • Brings inner calm and a feeling of well-being
  • Gives clarity to solve our problems
  • Helps us deal with challenging people and situations

You may also wish to start with one of our day courses and retreats which are sometimes suitable for beginners.
See also “What to expect at a class” or call us at 0151 726 8900 with your questions.