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

How to Transform Your Life

This series of classes will be based on the book, How to Transform Your Life, a practical manual that shows how we can develop and maintain inner peace. Learn step-by-step meditations for solving daily problems and discover the methods through which we can bring about positive changes in our lives that will enable us to experience deep and lasting happiness.

CLASS DATES

Series description & details

Emptiness – The True Nature of Things

Emptiness is the most meaningful of all Buddha’s teachings. This liberating wisdom frees us and helps us begin to solve our problems and change.

Class Dates

Aug 22 – Emptiness for Beginners, Pt. 1

Aug 29 – Emptiness for Beginners, Pt. 2

Overcoming Anxiety

Many people suffer from feelings of fear and anxiety, or are simply overwhelmed by the stress and demands of everyday life. This month we will explore mindfulness methods, meditations and ways of thinking derived from Buddha’s teachings that will help us to become fearless in the face of adversity and deal with our negative emotions more confidently and effectively.

Class Dates

Sept 5 – Stilling the Mind

Sept 12 – Identifying the Problem

Sept 19 – Getting Out of the Way

Sept 26 – Putting Things into Perspective

Anger

This series will focus on the meditations and practical methods for transforming anger and conflict. By learning to wholeheartedly accept difficulties we can use them as the springboard for real transformation. In this way even challenging people and situations can be used to empower our spiritual growth – and we will also find solutions to many of our daily problems.

Class Dates

Oct. 3 – The Inner Enemy of Anger

Oct. 10 – Taking Control of our Life

Oct. 17 – Developing Inner Cool

Oct. 24 – Freedom from Frustration

 

Purifying Our Mind

In this series, we will learn the actual methods for purifying the mind. These powerful and joyful methods, that come from Buddha’s teachings, bring about deep healing in our hearts, washing our mind clean of the stains of the past. Through guided meditations, teachings and discussion the teacher will emphasize the integration of these profound tools into our daily lives.

Class Dates

Nov. 7 – Creating a Pure World

Nov. 14 – Why we need to Purify?

Nov. 21 – How to Purify?

Nov. 28 – The Power of Purification

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

“Attending the Centre reminds me of how I can improve myself and fulfil my potential. I also just generally enjoy being around other kind people.”

Ryan

“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