Dharmavajra Kadampa Buddhist Centre

Frequently Asked Questions

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Q. Will I be expected to sit on the floor?

A: No- seating on chairs is provided and this is what the majority of people use, but there are a few cushions for people who want to sit in a traditional cross-legged style.

 

Q: Is there any physical exercise involved, such as yoga?

A: No- the courses focus on meditation alone.

 

Q: How should I dress?

A: There are no special requirements- whatever you normally feel comfortable wearing.

 

Q: Do I need to have experience of meditation to attend a class?

A: No- many people who come to classes and retreats do not have much (if any) experience of meditation. And don't worry if you have tried meditation before without feeling much success. Almost everyone finds it challenging in the beginning because our minds are naturally very busy. Dharmavajra Centre is a perfect place to gain this inner experience.

 

Q: Can I come if I am not a Buddhist or if I practice another spirituality or religion?

A: Yes, Dharmavajra Centre is open to everybody, regardless of religion or spirituality.

 

Q: What should I expect at a weekly class?

A: The classes begin with a guided breathing meditation to relax the mind and body. Then there will be a talk covering the basics of meditation and Buddhism, emphasising how these can be applied to daily life. There is then a second meditation and time for discussion, questions and answers. The classes conclude with light refreshments and an opportunity to talk with people people informally. Buddhist books and CDs with guided meditations are on sale for further reading.

 

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

A: No, but you can ask questions if you want to.

 

Q: Are you open to the public and for people who aren't Buddhist?

A: Yes- everyone is welcome to the Centre and no-one is excluded, whatever their background or faith. The methods and practices taught here are suitable for every level of interest and experience, from beginner to advanced. Modern Kadampa Buddhism offers practical and powerful tools that can help everyone resolve the stresses and difficulties of modern life.

 

Q: Can I meet with a teacher?

A: Yes- after all classes the teacher and experienced students are available to talk with attendees and answer any questions.

 

Q: How many people do you expect?

A: It varies, but most of our introductory classes are between 8 and 20 people.

 

Q: Do you offer childcare?

A; No - however, there is a video link into a second room which families are welcome to use., plus dedicated classes for families.

 

Q: Are the Centre and facilities accessible by wheelchair?

A: Yes- we have a wheelchair accessible entrance and bathroom facilities. Please call ahead so we can open this entrance for you.

 

Q: What relevance does Buddhism have today?

A: Although Buddha's teachings first appeared in India over two and a half thousand years ago, it has a timeless and universal relevance. Buddha explained that all our problems arise from confused and negative states of mind. He taught methods for removing these destructive states from our minds and thereby realising true happiness and fulfilment. These methods just as effective today as they were in Buddha's time.

 

Q: What does the Centre's name, Dharmavajra, mean?
A: Dharmavajra was a yogi- a practitioner who emphasised retreat in quiet places- and was one of the lineage holders within our tradition.

 

If you have any other questions or would like to know more before trying a class, please contact us.