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

Living Lightly • 5-Week Series

By integrating Buddha’s teachings on the true nature of reality into our daily life we can learn to let go of our problems and experience profound peace of mind

Nov 16 – Enjoying a Wonderful Life

Nov 23 – Everything is Like Space

Nov 30 – The Wisdom Factory

Dec 7 – Urban Survival Skills

Dec 14 – How to Create Real Wealth

Inspiring Solutions for Difficult Times

Discover how we can take control of our life and enjoy a truly meaningful new year by learning to control our mind

Jan 11 – Visions of the Pure Land

Jan 18 – The Enlightened Warrior

Jan 25 – Six Signs of Success

Feb 1 – Remaining Natural

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

Mar 1 – Remaining Balanced

Mindfulness for a Happy Life

Using meditation to overcome negative habits of mind and learning the secrets to successful practice

March 8 – Three Trainings

March 15 – Three Causes of Success

March 22 – Faith and Mindfulness

March 29 – Free from Prejudice

Developing Inner Strength

Developing a stable practice of meditation so we can improve ourself and be of great benefit to others

April 5 – Best Conditions

April 12 – Steady, Certain and Stable

April 19 – No Regrets

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.

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