What to Expect at a Class
“The purpose of meditation is to make the mind calm and peaceful. When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subsides and the mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment arises naturally from within.”
The New Meditation Handbook by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
Our classes and courses generally have three elements:
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
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! Our meditation classes are clear, accessible, and friendly.
Modern Buddhism is the ancient wisdom of Buddha’s teaching presented in a way that is easy to understand and practice in our busy modern lives. It has relevance for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. The emphasis at our classes is on both learning the various training the mind techniques taught by Buddha and how to apply them both in meditation and in daily life. Attending these drop-in classes will help us let go of anger, anxiety and other painful states and replace them with peaceful, positive minds.