Weekly Classes

 

Drop-in meditation classes at Vajrapani Centre:
Evening Drop-in Meditation Class – Tuesdays 7.30pm-9.15pm
Morning Drop-in Meditation Class – Thursdays 11am-12.30pm
Evening Drop-in Meditation Class - Thursdays 7.30pm-9.15pm
Prayers For World Peace ~ Free Drop-in Class – Sundays 11am-12.30pm

Drop-in Meditation Classes outside the centre at branch venues:
Hoylandswaine – Drop-in evening meditation class – Tuesdays 7.30-9pm

These weekly classes, suitable for everyone, are an ideal opportunity to get some space in our week to relax, refresh and improve our inner peace. The classes include guided meditations and a talk (all in the comfort of a chair) helping us discover the practical benefits of meditation and mindful living, demonstrating through our own experience how we can all learn to keep a peaceful, positive and relaxed mind in daily life.

The classes are part of our General Programme, which is suitable for both beginners and more experienced meditators and are generally taught as part of a  4 week course around a particular theme. Each class is self contained, with a new topic each week.

What to expect at a meditation 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

These classes are presented in an open, friendly, relaxed and welcoming environment. The classes are based on a practical presentation of authentic meditations and related practises drawn from the Buddhist tradition. They have been made relevant for modern people, both Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike.

You will learn practical meditations and the trainings in mindfulness that you can immediately apply in your daily life. In each class there are two guided meditations and a practical talk on how to maintain a peaceful and positive mind in the midst of a busy modern life.

The first guided meditation is generally a relaxation and breathing mediation. It lasts about 20 minutes. The talk lasts about 45 minutes and there is a chance to ask questions. Then the final meditation, which is related to the talk, lasts about 15 minutes. To conclude the evening there is short group discussion and light refreshments.

These classes are meant for everyone and you do not have to be a Buddhist to participate in or benefit from any of the classes or courses at the centre. We sit in ordinary chairs and no special clothing is necessary.