Do I need to have experience in meditation to attend these meditation classes?
Classes are suited for anyone with a basic wish to improve the quality of their lives by developing inner peace. Each class includes an explanation of how to meditate as well as a teaching based on a particular Buddhist contemplation/meditation.
If I miss one or two classes in a course series can I still come?
Yes! Each class is self-contained, so you can join in on any session you wish, at any time.
What should I expect a typical class?
The class begins with a brief meditation to let go of stress and to make the mind peaceful. This is followed by a teaching for the evening's topic. There will be a chance to ask questions, then a final meditation to help gain a deeper experience of the topic and after the class there will be light refreshments and the opportunity to talk to the teacher.
Do I have to be a Buddhist to benefit from meditation?
No, you do not need to be a Buddhist. Meditation is for everyone.
What do I need to bring to class? How should I dress?
If you wish to take notes, you can bring a pen and notepad. Dress is casual and comfortable.
What relevance does Buddhism have for our current day lives?
Although Buddhism first appeared in India over two and a half thousand years ago, it has a timeless and universal relevance. The basic premise underlying the teachings is that our problems arise from confused and negative states of mind. Buddha taught methods for developing positive, peaceful states of mind and removing negative ones. Through this process we are able to cultivate greater inner happiness and fulfillment.
Do Buddhists worship?
Buddha is a generic word that means 'Awakened One'. There have been countless Buddhas in the past and countless people will become Buddhas in the future. Buddhists regard all Buddhas as perfect guides and role models, and as such naturally develop faith in them and rely upon them as Spiritual Guides. By relying upon enlightened, holy beings, spiritual practitioners are able to receive blessings - powerful transformative energy - that greatly accelerates the process of mental development. For this reason, Buddhists try through meditation and prayer to communicate with enlightened beings and receive their transforming blessings.
What is the New Kadampa Tradition?
The New Kadampa Tradition is a global network of Buddhist Centres founded by meditation master and scholar Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Classes are offered so that people from all backgrounds can learn about the timeless wisdom and compassion taught by Buddha and put it into practice in a way that suits their particular culture and needs.