Meditation classes in Edinburgh

Ancient Wisdom

Passed down in an authentic and unbroken lineage, we teach Buddha’s timeless wisdom and meditation practices in a way that is accessible for everyone and can be easily integrated into busy modern life.

Everyone welcome

Kadampa Meditation Centre Edinburgh is a non-profit organization established to bring inner peace to our busy, hectic lives. Through practising the methods taught, everyone can discover lasting happiness from within.

Practical Solutions

We offer a wide range of classes for all levels of interest, regardless of prior experience or religion. From meditation classes for beginners to in-depth study for advanced practitioners, there is something here for everyone.

Class format

Breathing meditation

Classes start with a 15-minute breathing meditation, which is guided by the teacher – designed to settle the mind and let go of distractions, in order to get the most out of the session.

Talk on the topic

The middle of the class consists of practical teachings on how to begin and make progress in meditation. Each week is self-contained but the topics covered will vary each week exploring a variety of meditations that can be reproduced at home.

Concluding meditation

The final meditation will last around 10-15 minutes and vary depending on the focus for the week. This will help us to improve our practical experience of meditation and enable us to carry the insights we gain into our daily life.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end.


Q) Do I need to be Buddhist to attend?

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 any experience?

A) No. Everyone is welcome, including beginners. The classes are fully guided so all you need to do is show up.

Q) Do I need to wear a specific type of clothing?

A) No. Meditation is done mainly on chairs and you can choose to wear whatever is most comfortable.

Q) Is there any physical exercise involved?

A) No. The classes focus on meditation and teachings alone. You can choose to sit on a chair or meditation cushion.

Q) Do I need to wait for the next series of classes to begin?

A) No, please feel free to drop in whenever you like. Attending the entire series of classes is highly beneficial, as each class builds on the next. However, each class is taught in such a way that if you only attend one class, you will derive benefit from it.

Q) Why do your charge for classes?

A) We are a registered charity (Charity # SC038810) run entirely by volunteers, no-one receives a salary. However, the funds we receive are used to maintain the meditation centre in good working order – any surplus is donated to the charity International Temples Project.

Monday Evenings

Drop-in class in West End

Learn practical methods to improve the quality of our lives through meditation and Buddhist teachings in these 90 minutes classes.

Venue: The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, 25 Palmerston Place, Edinburgh EH12 5AP

Time: 7-8.30pm

Fee: £10/ class. Beginners welcome!

Tuesday Evenings

45 minute meditations in Leith

Enjoy a gentle guided meditation, some moments of inner calm and bring some wisdom into your daily life.

Venue: Leith Community Education Centre, 12a New Kirkgate, Edinburgh, EH6 6AD

Time: 5.45-6.30pm

Fee: £5/ class. Beginners welcome!

Wednesday Evenings

After-work meditation class on Morningside Rd

Take 45 minutes after your workday to connect to your heart, cultivate inner peace and happiness. Everyone is welcome to attend these guided meditations. No previous experience is necessary.

Venue: The Eric Liddell Centre,15 Morningside Road, EH10 4DP

Time: 5.45-6.30pm

Fee: £5. Beginners welcome! Drop in any week.

Drop-in meditations on Morningside Rd.

Learn practical methods to improve the quality of our lives through meditation and Buddhist teachings in these 90 minutes classes.

Venue: The Eric Liddell Centre,15 Morningside Road, EH10 4DP

Time: 7-8.30pm

Fee: £10/ class. Beginners welcome!

Classes in East Coast – Melrose, Perth, Dundee

Monday Evenings in Perth @ Subud Centre (Lower Hall), 7 St Leonards Bank, Perth PH2 8EB

Time: 7-8.30pm

Monday Evenings in Melrose @ Borders General Hospital, Chaplaincy Centre, Melrose, Roxburghshire, TD6 9BS

Time: 7-8.30pm

Tuesday Evenings in Dundee @ Best Western Queens Hotel, 160 Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4DU

Time: 7-8.30pm