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What to Expect at a Class

“The purpose of meditation is to make the mind calm and peaceful. When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subsides and the mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment arises naturally from within.” 

 The New Meditation Handbook by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

 

 

About the Classes

The classes are organized as short courses, usually 3 to 5 weeks long. Each class is self-contained, so feel free to drop-in for one or more. You do not need to pre-register.  The classes are suitable for both beginners and more experienced meditators. Chairs are provided for your comfort. At some venues you have the choice to sit on a chair or in the traditional meditation posture on cushions on the floor.

Class Format

Guided Meditation
Each class begins with guided breathing meditation, to help settle the mind, let go of distractions and cultivate inner peace. At some classes a short prayer called The Liberating Prayer is sung; we can join in and recite it if we wish.

Teaching
The Teacher will then give a practical teaching which will focus on how we can integrate Buddha’s timeless wisdom into our busy daily lives.

Concluding Meditation
The class will finish with a concluding meditation to help us take the teaching to heart. There is also an opportunity to ask questions and have refreshments.