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

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

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

Resolutions for Positive Change

Start the new year in a meaningful way by learning the art of meditation

Jan 10 – Happiness from Within

Jan 17 – The Real Source of Problems

Jan 24 – Understanding the Mind

Jan 31 – The Path to Inner Peace

A Daily Practice

Making progress by applying meditation to daily life

Feb 7 – The Power of Faith

Feb 14 – Protecting our Peace

Feb 21 – Overcoming Selfish Minds

Feb 28 – The Joy of Effort

Happy Whatever Happens

Learn how to solve problems through applying Buddha’s wisdom to our daily life

Mar 7 – Inner & Outer Problems

Mar 14 – Moral Discipline

Mar 21 – Concentration

Mar 28 – Wisdom

The Way of Loving Kindness

Using Buddha’s teachings to enjoy a happy life and become of great benefit to others

Apr 4 – Finding Real Meaning

Apr 11 – The Kindness of Others

Apr 18 – Learning to Cherish Others

Apr 25 – The Mirror of Dharma

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