CITY CENTRE MEDITATION CLASSES
Monday-Thursdays – 1-1.30pm
Wednesday – Thursdays – 5.30-6pm
Tuesdays – 7-8.15pm
Saturdays – 10.30-1.30pm (see course menu)
Sundays – 10.45 – 12 noon (recommencing 20th August)
We run short 30 minute lunchtime and after work meditations as well as longer morning and evening meditation and mindfulness classes.
Our weekly classes include guided meditations and offer fresh pespectives on our life. They provide an opportunity to pause and reflect on our situation in the light of these pespectives and the opportunity to adopt a more helpful attitude.
The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful.
If our mind is peaceful we shall be free from worries and mental discomfort, and so we shall experience true happiness; but if our mind is not peaceful, we shall find it very difficult to be happy, even if we are living in the very best conditions.
Training in meditation helps us to develop an inner space and clarity that enables us to control our mind regardless of the external circumstances. Gradually we can learn to rely upon peace within our mind and can learn to be happy all the time.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT A CLASS
Each class is fairly self contained and all the meditations are guided so you can attend any class – you do not have to start from the beginning of the series. Participants sit on chairs so no special clothing or equipment is required.
Each class begins with a simple guided meditation to help relax and calm the mind. This is followed by a short talk given by a qualified teacher. Each week different advice is given explaining a different aspect of Buddhist thought and how we can use this understanding to improve our daily lives. Examples of the types of topics are – how to reduce stress, how to remain calm when things go wrong, how to improve relationships and increase confidence.
Our longer classes include an opportunity to discuss and ask questions and conclude with a second guided meditation. At most classes participants are welcome to stay afterwards for refreshments. Everyone can benefit from the classes regardless of experience or religious beliefs.
We also run an in-depth study programme on a Monday evening for those who wish to deepen their understanding.
If you are a regular attender, why not purchase a membership card?