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Medicine for Your Mind

With Resident Teacher Kadam John McBretney

Mondays 7.30 - 8.45pm

Mental suffering is a terrible pandemic that cannot be cured by physical or mental isolation. Only the wisdom taught by Buddha can effect a lasting cure. This is because only Buddha correctly diagnoses the source of all pain, prescribes remedies, and administers essential medicine for the mind.
Through taking this medicine for the mind, sadness, fear, loneliness, disappointment and all other mental afflictions will gradually be reduced and finally eliminated, leaving the mind healthy, joyful and at peace with ourself, our family and our world. This live, online course will explain how, no matter what our circumstances may be, happiness is possible for everyone.

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Meditations for modern life

With Ralph Sueppel

Tuesdays 7.30 - 8.45pm

This live online class teaches Buddhist meditations for happiness and success. Modern life can be overwhelming. Stress, anxiety and depression are widespread. Merely working harder or changing external circumstances cannot solve our human problems. Happiness and success depend on our state of mind and, hence, we must learn how to train our mind.

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Meditations for Relaxation

With Mark Furman

Wednesdays 12.30 - 1.15pm

Learn and practise simple and effective meditations to create inner peace and to relax. By practising these meditations we can see that it is possible to experience inner peace and contentment just by controlling the mind, without having to depend at all upon external conditions. "When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subsides and our mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally arises from within." Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

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Positive Thinking & Meditation

With Resident Teacher Kadam John McBretney

Thursday 7.00 - 7.35 pm

Take a break as we wind down with a positive thought and meditation for the weekend. Each week our Resident Teacher Kadam John McBretney will introduce a profound and inspiring quote from Buddha's teachings, and he will guide a practical meditation on it. He will help us to carry the experience of the meditation into our daily lives to improve our mindfulness and make our daily experiences more peaceful and happy.

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With Kadam John McBretney

7pm to 7.45pm, Thursday 27 May 2021

Join this special live online Q&A session with our Resident Teacher, Kadam John McBretney. He will help clarify and provide answers to anonymously submitted questions on the topic of ‘Finding Solutions to Difficult People and Situations'. Answers will be based on Buddhist wisdom to help guide us to find peace and happiness in our lives.

Please send any questions you may have to rt@heruka.org.

Q&A  7pm to 7.45pm

Free for members.


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How does Kadampa meditation help?

Modern life is challenging and if we lack the inner resources to control our mind, we will inevitably find life stressful and difficult to manage, giving rise to feelings of anxiety, irritation and even loneliness and depression. This can make us feel unhappy and helpless, and it can also have an impact on our relationships as we become less able to cope constructively with disagreements and differences in our views and wishes.

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Kadampa meditation gives us the solution. The meditations taught, and the teachings which help us to understand what to meditate on, give us techniques to understand where our unhappiness and problems are coming from and how to change them. Not only this, but over time, we will learn to transform difficult situations into opportunities for growth and development, so that instead of feeling powerless when faced with a difficult situation, we will come to welcome difficulties into our life as they provide the actual means with which to bring about positive change and spiritual development. In this way, peace and happiness will become our daily experience, and we will approach life with a new confidence and sense of purpose.

"If our mind is pure and peaceful we will be happy, regardless of our external circumstances, but if it is impure and unpeaceful we will never be happy, no matter how hard we try to change the external conditions."

How to Transform Your Life by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

FAQs about meditation classes

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The Kadampa meditation classes in London normally run on a weekly basis. They feature guided meditations and practical advice on how to use Buddha's teachings to solve our daily problems. These local classes will resume once circumstances allow.

Classes are taught by a qualified teachers and follow the teachings of the New Kadampa Tradition; a modern Buddhist tradition founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

The Centre also runs regular weekend meditation courses and pujas or chanted prayer sessions, all of which are suitable for beginners.

Group meditation classes for beginners

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Once the conditions allow, in-person, local meditation classes will resume. These classes are taught in groups and everyone is welcome; you do not need to be a Buddhist to attend or to benefit from the meditations and methods taught.

The classes are well-suited to those new to meditation - all meditations are guided and are clearly explained by the teacher before the meditation begins.

Each class also includes a talk covering a specific aspect of Buddha's teachings. These topics are all scientific methods to improve our human nature and good qualities. For more information about these topics you can download a free copy of one of the books used to teach the classes, such as How to Transform Your Life, by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

While our London meditation venues are closed, everyone is welcome to join our online meditation classes.

"Happiness and suffering are states of mind and so their main causes are not to be found outside the mind."

Modern Buddhism - The Path of Compassion and Wisdom by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

Everyone is welcome

"Happiness is a part of the mind that experiences inner peace, or peace of mind, so the real source of happiness must lie within the mind, not in external conditions."

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso