What to expect at a class

People from all walks of life attend our classes – young and old, religious and atheist. Some simply want to learn how to meditate, and these classes are perfect for this purpose. Others want to find out more about Buddhism, and so the talk (and meditation) are of benefit to them.

Generally, classes begin with everyone arriving a bit early, and sitting on cushons on the floor or   chairs in a comfortable room. The meditation Teacher then comes in and welcomes everyone to the class.

The general structure of the class is as follows:

  • Short Buddhist prayers to prepare for meditation
  • Simple guided meditation
  • Teaching on how to solve problems in daily life
  • Another meditation or questions & answers
  • Brief prayers to complete the session

Q: Do I need to be Buddhist to attend a weekly class?

A: No. We try to present Buddha’s teachings in a way that is accessible to everyone, and no religious obligation 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. The teachings are designed to be simple yet profound, so that every class provides something for everyone.

Q: What classes should I start with?

A: The Thursday evening classes are the perfect way to learn about meditation. You don’t need to call ahead as all the classes are drop-in and have a different topic each week. They are designed to accommodate those that are coming for the first time.

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 want to.

Q: Is there any physical exercise involved, such as yoga?

A: No. The courses focus on meditation alone.

Q: What do I need to bring?

A: Nothing in particular. However, some people find it useful to bring a notepad and pen.

Q: How should I dress?

A: There are no special requirements, but comfortable clothing is generally best.

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 weekly classes it is not necessary to book in advance.

If you are interested in studying Buddha’s teachings in more depth, please learn about our Foundation Program, or come to the Center for a relaxing retreat.