What to expect at a meditation class

The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful. In meditation, we cultivate positive states of mind, which are conducive to peace and well-being, and it overcomes negative habits of mind.  Happiness is a state of mind, therefore the real source of happiness lies in the mind, not in external situations.  When our mind is peaceful we are free from worries and mental discomfort, and we experience true happiness.

About Meditation Classes


The meditation classes explain Buddhist meditation, ideas, and practice. They combine guided meditation with practical spiritual advice that you can apply immediately to relieve stress and solve problems in your life. Everyone is welcome. The classes are suitable for both beginners and more experienced meditators. Chairs are provided, or if you prefer you can sit in the traditional meditation posture on cushions on the floor. The classes are organized as short courses, usually 3 to 7 weeks long. Each class is self-contained, so feel free to drop-in for one or more. The classes are easy to follow and do not need prior knowledge or experience.

About Meditation

In his book, The New Meditation HandbookGeshe Kelsang Gyatso explains:


Meditation is a mind that concentrates on a virtuous object, and which is the main cause of mental peace. The practice of meditation is a method for acquainting our mind with virtue. The more familiar our mind with virtue, the calmer and more peaceful it becomes. When our mind is peaceful, we are free from worries and mental discomfort, and we experience true happiness.


Class Format

The teacher will teach you how to meditate and will give practical guidance during the class. He or she will give a talk based on Buddha’s teachings that will explain how to put meditation into practice in daily life to increase your own and others’ happiness. There will be a chance to ask questions, and after the class there will be light refreshments and the opportunity to talk to the teacher. These weekly classes are part of our General Program, and are open to everyone. We also offer more advanced Kadampa Buddhist Study Programs – the Foundation Program – for people who would like to progress to deeper and more extensive study and practice.


What do You Need to Attend?

Simply find a meditation class location that suits you. You do not need to pre-register. Bring water if you want and clothes you’ll be comfortable sitting in for an hour. If you would like more information or help, please contact us.

“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
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