Opportunities exist at Atisha Centre to experience meditation every
Sunday morning at 10 am; during courses and retreats and on special
days. Please go to the Retreats Tab for specific Meditation retreat details.
You are always welcome to use our gompas (meditation and teaching halls) for personal meditation.
At 5.45 on Tuesdays, at Atisha Gifts in Lyttleton Terrace, we host Meditation for Beginners with a member of the sangha.
Meditation classes are suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators. Everyone is welcome.
From time to time, meditation sessions may be in recess, please click here to check our current calendar.
What happens at a class?
At the beginning of each class the teacher will guide a gentle, relaxing meditation in which he or she will help us to develop a beneficial motivation for attending the class. Then the teacher may give a practical teaching on some aspect of Buddhist meditation and practice. The session ends with a guided meditation, designed to help us take the teaching to heart in such a way that we are confident in beginning to practice it on our own. There is usually time for discussion and questions and answers. Afterwards, for those who wish, there is a chance to talk to the teacher and other students informally.
What do I need to bring to class?
It’s a good idea to bring a warm rug when the days and evenings get cooler. If you wish to take notes, please bring a pen and notepad.
Do I have to be a Buddhist to benefit from meditation?
No. Anyone can learn basic meditation and experience the benefits. Buddhism is a non-evangelical religion. Buddhists respect all people and are happy to help anyone regardless of whether they subscribe to another faith, or to none.
Do I need to have experience in meditation or Buddhism to attend the classes?
No. All you need is the wish to improve yourself and the quality of your life.
What is the cost of the classes?
All classes are by donation. All donations or offerings go toward covering the costs of running the centre, making offerings to the teachers and providing materials.
How should I dress for class?
Dress comfortably and with respect for the monks. Please... no revealing clothing, short shorts or plunging necklines.
Do I have to sit on a cushion on the floor?
No, you may sit on a chair, whatever is most comfortable for you.
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