The centre is closed between 16 Dec – 3 Jan

The drop-in classes (General Program classes) consist of talks and guided meditations suitable for everyone. The emphasis is on integrating Buddha’s teachings into our lives. Beginners are welcome. Although taught as a series, each class is self-contained. If you are attending more than one class per week, consider our membership option at only £30/ month.

Tuesday lunchtime

12.30-1pm | £5/ class

Tuesday evenings

5.45-6.30pm | £5/ class

Wednesday evenings

7-8.30pm | £10/ class

Thursday mornings

11-11.30am | £5/ class

Thursday evenings

7-8.30pm | £10/ class

Buddha

Sunday mornings

10.30-12noon | £10/ class

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.

FAQs

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.