Suitable for everyone, these walk-in classes offer practical methods to improve the quality of our lives through meditation and Buddhist teachings.

CLASS DATES

Series description & details

Training in Happiness • 3-Week Series

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We spend our whole life searching outside for happiness and instead experience much frustration and disappointment. According to Buddha, the cause of real happiness lies within – specifically in the form of positive or virtuous states of mind. By training in these minds we can experience real fulfilment and become a source of great benefit to others.

Aug 16 – Faith & Our Power to Change

Aug 23 – Consideration for Others

Aug 30 – The Joy of Effort

Learn to Meditate • 4-Week Series

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In these classes you will learn how to meditate and the Buddhist approach to training the mind. ​Meditation is a powerful and creative tool for changing our experience of our self, others and our world. Learn the art of meditation, and bring a sense of balance, peace and clarity into your life and your relationships. ​

Sept 6 – The Benefits of Meditation

Sept 13 – Happiness from a Different Source

Sept 20 – Inner Peace

Sept 27 – A Daily Practice

Mindfulness: Finding Stillness Within • 4-Week Series

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This practical, mindfulness-based class series will explore simple but powerful meditations and techniques, to help us overcome distractions and cultivate pure peace & concentration. Through training, we can experience progressively more peaceful states of mind and eventually accomplish our full potential for peace.

Oct 4 – The Nature of the Mind

Oct 11 – Becoming a Skilful Meditator

Oct 18 – Settling the Mind

Oct 25 – Making Progress

Freedom from Limitations • 4-Week Series

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According to Buddha our suffering comes about due to the painful states of mind, known as the delusions. In each class we will focus on how to deal with a particular delusion, learning practical methods to reduce its hold on us and in this way allowing us to experience a deep and satisfying emotional freedom.

Nov 1 – Letting Go of Anger

Nov 8 – How Attachment Sets Us Up for Suffering

Nov 15 – Overcoming Depression and Low Self-Esteem

Nov 22 – Letting Go of our Limited Self

Improving Relationships • 3-Week Series 

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Our instinct is to approach life from a self-centered perspective, but Buddha explained that for as long as we do so we will never solve our problems or experience real happiness. In these classes we will explore the meditations on love and cherishing others that allow us to heal our relationships and enjoy satisfying experiences with everyone we meet.

Nov 29 – Connecting to Others through Gratitude

Dec 6 – Seeing beyond our Faults

Dec 13 – Cultivating a Giving Heart

CLASS FORMAT

What to expect at a class
  • Guided Meditation

    Each class begins with some relaxing guided breathing meditation, to help settle the mind, let go of distractions and cultivate inner peace.

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  • Teaching

    Kadampa Teacher Christine Reeves will then give a practical teaching based on the topic of the class series and explain how we can integrate Buddha’s timeless wisdom into our busy daily lives.

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  • Concluding Meditation

    The class will finish with a concluding meditation to help us take the teaching to heart and there is also an opportunity to ask questions.

FAQS

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Q) Do I have to be Buddhist to attend?

A) No. We try to present Buddha’s teachings in a way that is accessible to everyone, and no religious obligation is required.

Q) Do I need to have any experience?

A) No. Everyone is welcome, including beginners. The classes are fully guided so all you need to do is show up.

Q) How should I dress?

A) No special clothing is required, come as you are.

Q) Is there any physical exercise involved?

A) No. The classes focus on meditation and teachings alone. You can choose to sit on a chair or meditation cushion.

Q) Will I be asked to speak in front of a group?

A) No. But you can ask questions if you want to.

Q) Do I need to book in advance?

A) For weekly classes it is not necessary to book in advance. Each class is self-contained so you can come along whenever you can, and start whenever you like.

Q) Do I have to wait for the next series of classes to begin?

A) No, please feel free to drop in whenever you like. Attending the entire series of classes is highly beneficial, as each class builds on the next. However, each class is taught in such a way that if you only attend one class, you will derive benefit from it.

Q) Why do you charge for classes?

A) We are a registered charity (Charity # 861356970 RR0001) run entirely by volunteers, no-one receives a salary. However, the funds we receive are used to maintain the Temple in good working order – any surplus is donated to the charity International Temples Project.

WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT US

“Going to the meditation classes regularly has literally changed my life. Meditation has helped me examine the way I think and react to the circumstances of my daily life. It has helped me change for the better.”

Arlene

“Kadampa continues to transform my life, from “doing”, to simply…”being”.

Keith

“I benefit from every class that I attend. For me this has become a lifelong commitment, to stop thinking about me, and think about how I can benefit others.”

Alan