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

Inspiring Solutions for Difficult Times

Based on the book, Universal Compassion, this series gives you practical, creative methods to transform your day-to-day experiences – including the most challenging situations – into opportunities for personal growth and development. Ancient meditation techniques, tried and tested for a thousand years, are explained and made relevant to our modern life.

CLASS DATES

Series description & details

Making Progress

Learn how Buddha’s teachings enable us to transform daily problems into opportunities for growth and development

Feb 8 – Facing up to Our Demons (1)

Feb 15 – Facing up to Our Demons (2)

Feb 22 – Do All Yogas By One

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 Sandra Lewis will then give a practical teaching based on the book Universal Compassion by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. The teaching will focus on 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.

Meditations for Everyday Life

Experience the daily peace that comes from establishing a regular meditation practice. This series of classes provides a comprehensive introduction to meditation, offering guidance at all levels for developing and deepening your meditation practice. Learn meditations to relax body and mind, find inner peace, achieve mental clarity, and develop a kind and compassionate attitude towards others.

CLASS DATES

Series description & details

Meditations for Relaxation

These meditations help to relax both body and mind and lead to a deep experience of inner peace.

Mar 1 – Inner Peace

Mar 8 – Pure Light

Mar 15 – Inspiration

Meditations for a Clear Mind

Experience peaceful meditations on the nature of the mind itself and increase your mental clarity, focus and concentration.

Mar 22 – Body of Light

Mar 29 – Clarity

Apr 5 – The Root Mind

Meditations for a Kind Heart

With regular practice, these meditations help to increase our happiness and improve our relationships through learning to cherish others.

Apr 12 – Cherishing Others

Apr 19 – Taking Away Suffering

Apr 26 – Giving Happiness

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.

    .

  • Teaching

    Kadampa Teacher Sandra Lewis will then give a practical teaching based on the Living Meditation Series. The teaching will focus on how we can integrate meditation and mindfulness into our busy daily lives.

    .

  • 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

Click below to find out more

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