“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 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.
In his book, The New Meditation Handbook, Geshe 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.
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 do to attend?
Simply find a meditation class location that suits you. You do not need to pre-register. If you would like more information or help, please contact us.
The official site of the New Kadampa Tradition features a number of introductory videos.