Introduction to Buddhism

Sunday evenings | 5-6.30pm

Buddha

These classes follow the cycle of 21 profound objects of meditation that form the steps of the Buddhist path to ultimate happiness. Each week we will explore a different meditation and understand how these newly adopted views and intentions will lead to deeper and deeper levels of happiness.

The teachings will be based on The New Meditation Handbook, which is the perfect companion for those attending the classes. Each week is self-contained but runs according to the cycle of 21 meditations.

The class contains 2 guided meditations, a short talk introducing to object for contemplation and advice on how to carry the instruction into our daily life.

This course is suitable for everyone from complete beginners to experienced meditators.

Meditation Handbook

Dates: Sundays 18, 25 Nov, 9 Dec (* no class on 2nd Dec)
Time: 5-6.30pm
Venue: Kadampa Meditation Centre Edinburgh, 172 Leith Walk, EH6 5EA
Fee: £10/ drop-in class | included in membership

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.