Why Meditate | Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre

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Meditate for Inner Peace

WHY MEDITATE?
The purpose of meditation is to cultivate positive states of mind, conducive to peace and well-being, and overcome negative habits of mind.  Happiness is a state of mind, therefore the real source of happines lies in the mind, not in external situations.  When our mind is peaceful we are free from worries and mental discomfort, and we experience true happiness.

“If we want to experience true, lasting happiness, we need to learn the secret of inner peace by meditating.”  Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

THE BENEFITS

Stress Reduction

Meditation will allow you to unwind your mind and return home relaxed and refreshed.  Meditation will provide you with new tools for dealing with stress, worry and anxiety.

Inner Calm

If we practice meditation we will experience a calm, spacious feeling in the mind.  Daily challenges will be easier to deal with and many of our usual problems will fall away.

Problem Solving Solutions

Meditation helps us to gain clarity and perspective so we develop a positive outlook on life, gain authentic self-confidence and enjoy better relationships with others.
WHERE DO I BEGIN?
Our drop-in classes are the perfect place to start learning.  The meditation classes we offer are suitable for anyone, whatever their level of interest, from those who seek simple relaxation and stress relief, to those who wish to learn about Modern Buddhism.  Everyone is welcome.

All our drop-in classes are suitable for beginners, but you may find that the following classes at the Centre are a good place to begin.

FAQS
Q. Do I need to be a Buddhist to attend?

No. Anyone can learn basic meditation and experience the benefits that come from having a peaceful mind.

Q. Do I need to have any experience?

No. Everyone is welcome, including beginners. All you need is the wish to improve yourself and the quality of your life.

Q. How should I dress?

No special clothing is required, come as you are.

Q. Is there any physical exercise involved?

No. The classes focus on meditation and teachings alone. You can choose to sit on a chair or meditation cushion.

Q. Why do you charge for classes?

We are a registered charity (Charity #855426755RR0001) run entirely by volunteers, no-one receives a salary. The funds we receive are used to pay for our commercial lease and running expenses. 

“When our mind is peaceful, we are free from worries and mental discomfort, and we experience true happiness.  If we train our mind to become peaceful we shall be happy all the time, even in the most adverse condition; but if our mind is not peaceful, then even if we have the most pleasant external conditions we shall not be happy.  Therefore, it is important to train our mind through meditation.”

VEN GESHE KELSANG GYATSO RINPOCHE

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