Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some common questions that people ask about our meditation classes. If you have any other questions please contact us and we'll be happy to help you.

What weekly classes are available?

We run many meditation classes and courses in-person and online. General Programme classes take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays. Over the weekend we run workshops, retreats and special events, e.g. public talks and workshops with guest teachers from other Kadampa centres in the UK or abroad. We also have special study programmes to go deeper: Foundation Programme and Teacher Training Programme.

Do I need to be Buddhist or have any meditation experience to attend a weekly class?

No, everyone is welcome, including beginners. We try to present Buddha’s teachings and meditations in a way that's accessible to everyone.

If I'm a complete beginner, should I attend a weekly class or a weekend event?

Either is fine; it really depends on your own circumstances and preference. Weekly classes are shorter and the groups are smaller, whereas weekend events often attract larger audiences and take place over a whole day or more.

Which weekly class is suitable for someone with some experience of meditation?

The Monday evening class is a more in-depth class for those with some experience of meditation. However, all our classes are designed to be simple yet profound, so that every class provides something for everyone.

What should I expect at a weekly class?

The General Programme classes begin with a relaxation meditation, followed by a talk. This will cover the basics of meditation and mindfulness techniques, emphasising how these can be applied to your daily life. There'll also be one or two guided meditations within the class so you can practise meditating on the topic that's just been explained. To conclude, there'll be some time for questions at the end – in-person, via audio or via the Zoom chat function.

Will I be asked to say anything, or be asked to speak in front of a group of people?

No, but you can ask the teacher questions at the end of the class if you want to.

Is there any physical exercise involved, such as yoga?

No, our classes focus on meditation alone.

Will I be expected to sit on a cushion on the floor?

Generally, most people sit on chairs provided at the centre. There are also a few mats and cushions for those who prefer to sit cross-legged or on the floor.

What do I need to bring?

Nothing in particular. However, some people find it useful to take notes, so you can bring a notepad and pen if you like.

How should I dress?

There are no special requirements, but comfortable clothing is generally best.

If I attend a weekly class, do I need to wait for the next course of classes to begin?

No, each class is self-contained. You can drop in to any class, and start whenever you like.

Do you offer discounts for your classes?

Yes, all our courses are discounted when you buy the whole course. We also offer monthly memberships which give discounts on all our classes and courses. Sign up today and get instant benefits!

What safety measures do you have in place for Covid-19?

Please visit our Covid Safety page to read a full list of requirements for attending our in-person classes during the coronavirus pandemic.

Do you have disabled access?

Yes, and there's also a disabled toilet on the premises.

Do you have a hearing loop system?

Yes, we have.

How do I join the online live streamed classes?

Visit the How to Book page for full instructions. Please note the online classes are in a webinar format, so you'll only see the teacher, no other participants, and you won't need a webcam. You'll have access to the class for 7 days in case you're unable to make it at the scheduled time.

Where can I access further information? 

We have plenty of meditation CDs and Buddhist books on sale in our shop. Why not pop in for a browse and enjoy a hot drink in our cafe at the same time!

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