‘Without inner peace outer peace is impossible’

Kadampa Meditation Centre Edinburgh offers a full programme of meditation classes and courses suitable for everyone. No previous experience is required to attend.

Based on the books of the modern day Buddhist teacher, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, we present Buddha’s teachings in an accessible manner that can easily be integrated into our modern lives.

Spiritual Guide and Founder of Modern Kadampa Buddhism ~ Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche


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.


New schedule of classes

Quiet Edinburgh

Where can you go in Edinburgh when you need to just sit and enjoy some quiet time or some personal meditation?

Our bookshop and reading room are the perfect place to take a breather and is available any time we’re open. Use it for reflection time, reading, or simply catching back up with yourself. Our meditation room is also available to you any time class is out.

Freshly ground coffee and Suki tea are also available to purchase.

Upcoming events & retreats

Foundation Programme

Monday evenings, 7-9pm

study of new book starting 2nd September

Learn to meditate

Learn to meditate half-day course

Sat 17 Aug