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Meditation Classes in London

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A full programme of live online meditation classes

Right now a full programme of weekly meditation classes is available live and online from Heruka Kadampa Meditation Centre (KMC). By making the meditations taught at these weekly classes part of our daily routine, we can give ourselves the best opportunity to find lasting inner peace and happiness, and solve all of the problems that come from negative minds, including anxiety, stress and worry.

"These instructions are scientific methods to improve our human nature."

How to Transform Your Life by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

Livestreamed meditation classes

With Resident Teacher Kadam John McBretney

Book single classes or enjoy all classes with a fully inclusive livestreaming subscription (£20 a month) or with a membership.

Classes from Monday 10 August

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How to Relax and Find Peace with Meditation

Mondays 7.30 - 8.45pm

10 & 17 August

"By training in meditation, we create an inner space and clarity that enables us to control our mind regardless of the external circumstances. Gradually we develop mental equilibrium, a balanced mind that is happy all the time, rather than an unbalanced mind that oscillates between the extremes of excitement and despondency." Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Distractions "steal" our meditations, robbing us of mental peace. Through training in mindfulness we can gradually gain control of our own mind.
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Freedom from Anxiety, Stress, and Feeling Low

Tuesdays 7.30 - 8.45pm

11, 18, 25 August

There's no need to feel miserable, stressed or anxious. Find out how to be free of these crippling mental states using Buddha's wisdom so that we can enjoy life.
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Meditations for Relaxation

Wednesdays 12.30 - 1.15pm

12, 19, 26 August

Following the Monday evening classes, learn three simple and effective meditations. "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. This feeling of contentment and well-being helps us to cope with the busyness and difficulties of daily life." Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
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Meditations of Modern Buddhism

Thursdays 7.30 - 8.30pm

13, 20, 27 August

Learn the systematic meditations of the stages of the path to enlightenment - Lamrim - that give our life real purpose, fulfillment, and meaning.
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HOPE, HAPPINESS & WELL-BEING

Public talk with Kadam Bridget Heyes

Monday 24 August, 7 - 8pm

Feel like you need a boost? Have these unusual times left you feeling down? In this short talk Kadam Bridget Heyes, will introduce practical Buddhist methods to help you lift your spirits, find hope and meaning

The Teacher, Kadam Bridget Heyes, is a senior disciple of Geshe Kelsang and has been practising Modern Buddhism for over 25 years. In 1994, she helped to found Nagarjuna Centre and has been teaching there ever since. In 2009, Kadam Bridget was also elected as the NKT-IKBU National Spiritual Director of the UK.

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POST FESTIVAL RETREAT

The Power of Loving Kindness

28 - 30 August, 2020

With Resident Teacher, Kadam John McBretney

A wonderful opportunity to join the on-line meditation retreat on the teachings of The New Eight Steps to Happiness by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche from the 2020 International NKT Summer Festival.

Kadam John McBretney will guide profound and practical meditations for transforming all life’s difficulties into valuable spiritual insights and for developing universal love and compassion, the source of true happiness for both ourself and others.

The retreat is suitable for both complete beginners and advanced practitioners, and will enable everyone to improve and deepen their experience of happiness using Buddha’s wisdom and compassion.

Classes from Monday 31 August

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How To Solve Our Human Problems

Mondays 7.30 - 8.45pm

31 Aug - 21 Sep

"For as long as we are in conflict with life’s difficulties, thinking that things should be different from the way they are and blaming circumstances or other people for our unhappiness, we will never have the clarity or spaciousness of mind to see what it is that is really binding us. Patience allows us to see clearly the mental habit patterns that keep us locked in samsara, and thereby enables us to begin to undo them. Patience is therefore the foundation of the everlasting freedom and bliss of liberation." Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

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Positivity, Peace, Hope and Joy

Tuesdays 7.30 - 8.45pm

1 Sep - 22 Sep

Learn how to develop a new, positive attitude towards yourself, your life and other people that will improve your physical and mental well-being, and make you happy, peaceful and joyful all the time.
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Meditations for a Kind Heart

Wednesdays 12.30 - 1.15pm

2 Sep - 23 Sep

A kind heart is a special mental attitude that cherishes other people at least as much as we cherish ourself. It is grounded in the commonsense thinking: 'Just as I wish for happiness and not suffering, so to does everyone else. In this respect we are all exactly the same.' As Geshe Kelsang Gyatso says, "A good heart always gives good results."
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Meditations of Modern Buddhism

Thursday 7.30 - 8.30pm

3 Sep - 17 Sep

Learn the systematic meditations of the stages of the path to enlightenment - Lamrim - that give our life real meaning, purpose and fulfillment.
Book a class

£8

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Q&A and Discussion Class

Thursday 24 Sep, 7.30 - 8.30pm

A chance to ask questions and clarify your understanding of Buddhism, and how to apply it to solve the problems of daily life. Kadam John is happy to take written and verbal questions, give answers and facilitate discussion. Please come with your questions! Ask a question

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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.


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Places to meditate in London

ALL OUR MEDITATION VENUES ARE TEMPORARILY CLOSED

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, weekly meditation classes around London 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