What to Expect
Each class is self-contained and you can drop in whenever you wish. There’s no need to book in advance, simply turn up and register when you arrive. We meditate sitting on chairs and there is no physical exercise involved or any special clothing needed. Everyone is welcome.
About the classes
Classes are based on Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s book Introduction to Buddhism which presents a clear and inspiring explanation of key Buddhist principles. The book is available at the class, from Tharpa Publications, and at all major book shops.
Most classes run for an hour and a half (or 45 minutes at lunchtime) and consist of:
- A short Buddhist prayer to prepare for meditation
- A simple guided meditation
- A talk on how to solve problems and find real happiness in daily life
- A guided meditation based on the teaching
- A chance to discuss the session after the class over a cup of tea
All proceeds are used to make Kadampa Buddhist meditation widely available.
Benefits of the classes
“The benefits of the teachings given in this course are, through sincerely practising these teachings you can solve your daily problems such as the problems of anger, attachment, jealousy and ignorance. You can maintain a peaceful mind all the time so that you will be happy all the time. You can maintain harmony and good relationships with your family, friends and others so that you can make others happy too. Especially you can make your human life very meaningful.
The benefits of training in meditation are, through sincerely training in meditation on the teachings given in this course you will attain spiritual realisations, which lead you to permanent liberation from all the sufferings of this life and countless future lives. There is no greater meaning than this. Even temporarily, whenever you experience problems, unpleasant feelings, depression or unhappiness you can solve these problems immediately by transforming your mind into peace through your meditation practice. The benefits of meditation are immeasurable”
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, the Founder of Heruka Kadampa Meditation Centre – the main Kadampa Buddhist Centre in North London.
2015 drop-in classes: Dec 1, 8
Upcoming series in 2016Series 1, Confidence to deal with painful feelings
– Feb 2: Meditations for peace of mind
– Feb 9: Overcoming harmful reactions
– Feb 16: Letting go of negativity
Series 2, Living without stress and frustration
– Feb 23; Mar 1, 8, 15, 22; (titles coming soon)
(No classes: Mar 29 and April)
Series 3, Becoming the person you want to be
– April 12, 19, 26; May 3 (titles coming soon)
Series 4, Dealing with change when change is hard
– May 10, 17, 24;
(No classes: May 31 and June 7)
Series 5, Change your mind, change your life
– June 14, 21, 28; July 5, 12, 19;