What to Expect at a Class
All of our drop-in classes are perfectly suited for busy modern people. You do not need to be a Buddhist to enjoy and understand Buddha’s teachings – anyone can benefit from increased inner peace.
All classes are taught by our Resident Teacher or other experienced Kadampa teachers.
Classes begin with a simple guided breathing meditation and a beautiful brief prayers to reduce stress, tension and distractions. This is followed by a 40 minute teaching on how to incorporate meditation and Buddhist principles into daily life. This may include topics such as improving relationships, developing confidence, gaining peace of mind, coping with stress and dealing with anger.
There is guided meditation at the end of the class to help us gain deeper experience of the subject of the class.
At our Centre in Rathgar we ask that shoes are removed before entering the meditation room. Most people sit in chairs, but cushions are available if you prefer to sit on the floor. Before the teacher enters the room, it is traditional to stand out of respect.
Even people who have never meditated before can benefit from our classes. Teachings are presented in a clear and easily accessible manner, and meditations are guided so that beginner and experienced meditators can appreciate the benefits of meditation together.
After class, there is usually an opportunity for some social time with tea and biscuits. The teacher and more experienced students are often available to answer any questions that may arise or to discuss the teachings.