What Happens At An Online Meditation Class?
All our classes begin with a simple guided breathing meditation to reduce stress, tension and distractions. This is followed by a talk on how to incorporate meditation and Buddhist principles into daily life.
Topics covered include improving relationships, developing confidence, gaining peace of mind, coping with stress and dealing with anger.
There is a second short guided meditation at the end to help us gain a deeper experience of the subject of the class.
While the classes are being offered in an online format you can ask questions via the Facebook group.
Having learned some methods for improving our mind, we can then continue to train in these meditations and practices on our own.
If we put these methods into practice we will experience our mind gradually becoming more peaceful, our problems diminishing, and our relationships improving.
Although our classes are taught as a series, each class is self-contained, so feel free to attend any class or a whole series.
All our classes are based on the books of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso which perfectly transmit the ancient wisdom of Kadampa Buddhism for our modern era. Our teachers will often reference particular sections of the books which gives us the opportunity to deepen our understanding by engaging in follow-up study if we wish.
Q: Do I need to be Buddhist to come to a weekly class?
A: No, we try to present Buddha’s teachings in a way that is accessible to everyone, and no religious affiliation is required.
Q: Do I need to have experience of meditation or Buddhism to attend a weekly class?
A: No, everyone is welcome, including beginners.
Q: Are the classes suitable for someone with some experience of meditation?
A: Yes, as our teachings are designed to be simple yet profound, so that every class provides something for everyone.
Q: Will I be asked to say anything, or speak in front of a group of people?
A: No, but you can ask questions if you would like to. (NB while the classes are being offered in an online format you can ask questions via the Facebook group.)
Q: Is there any physical exercise involved, such as yoga?
A: No, our courses focus on meditation alone.
Q: What do I need to bring?
A: You do not need to bring anything in particular. However, some of you will find it useful to bring a notepad and pen.
Q: Do you have any specific recommendations for the online classes?
A: Try to find a quiet place in your home where you can focus and meditate comfortably with a straight back. It is very helpful to switch your phone to silent or do not disturb mode and to let those you live with know that you do not want to be disturbed during the class to minimise distractions.
Q: How should I dress?
A: There are no special requirements, but you may wish to wear comfortable clothing.
Q: If I want to attend a weekly class, do I need to wait for the next course of classes to begin?
A: No. Each class is self-contained. You can drop in whenever you can, and start whenever you like.
Q: Do I need to book in advance?
A: For our online classes you do need to book online. The link to the video will then be sent to you and you will have a specified period of time to watch it within.