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

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An Introduction to Buddhism

Based on the book, The New Meditation Handbook, these classes present the step-by-step series of meditations, known traditionally as Lamrim, or the “Stages of the Path to Enlightenment”. Arranged in the sequence in which they are to be realized, these meditations guide the practitioner along the path by developing their inner peace, compassion and wisdom.

Although each class is self-contained, the on-going series is designed for those wishing to develop a qualified daily meditation practice and to gain heart-felt experience of these instructions.

CLASS DATES

Series description & details

Opening our Hearts to Others

Cultivating connection through developing a warm heart and letting go of our self-centred perspective.

Oct 17 – Recognizing All Living Beings Are Our Mothers

Oct 24 – Remembering the Kindness of Mother Living Beings

Oct 31 – Equalizing Self & Other

Nov 7 – The Disadvantages of Self-Cherishing

Nov 14 – The Advantages of Cherishing Others

Training in Love

Scientific methods for solving our problems by deepening and extending our love for others.

Nov 21 – Exchanging Self with Others

Nov 28 – Exchanging Self with Others

Dec 5 – Great Compassion

Dec 12 – Taking

Dec 19 – Giving Love

Freedom from Painful Emotions

In this series of classes we will dedicate each week to addressing a specific toxic mind – called the delusions – and learn how to apply the positive mental opponent. We will discover why these negative states of mind arise and how, through our meditation practice, we can completely eliminate them from our mind. These practical methods, derived from Buddha’s teachings, will give us the skills to be the confident and joyful person we wish to be.

CLASS DATES

Series description & details

Freedom from Anger & Frustration

Meditations and practical methods for breaking the habits of anger, irritation and frustration

Jan 9 – The Faults of Anger

Jan 16 – Developing Genuine Patience

Jan 23 – The Art of Acceptance

Jan 30 – Keeping your Cool

Freedom from Anxiety & Craving

Learning how attachment sets us up for suffering and how we can experience true freedom from within

Feb 6 – Transforming Uncontrolled Desire

Feb 13 – Love vs Attachment

Feb 20 – Freedom from Grasping

Feb 27 – The Art of Contentment

Freedom from Jealousy & Resentment

Overcoming the isolation of selfish minds and cultivating connection to others

March 6 – The Root of our Problems

March 13 – Overcoming Jealousy

March 20 – Learning to Cherish Others

March 27 – The Art of Rejoicing

Freedom from Limitation

Explore Buddha’s teachings on the nature of reality and our limitless capacity for happiness

April 3 – Connecting to our Potential

April 10 – Finding Inner Clarity

April 17 – Freedom from Grasping

April 24 – A Life of Possibility

CLASS FORMAT

What to expect at a class
  • Guided Meditation

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

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  • Teaching

    Kadampa Teacher Edwin Tubb 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.

  • A Daily Practice

    The class concludes with a guided meditation to help us mix our mind with the teaching and take it to heart. 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

“A fantastic weekly dose of tried and tested timeless teachings presented in an easily relatable and instantly applicable way. The classes are, without a doubt, truly inspiring.”

Max