WHY MEDITATE?

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.

If we examine our life we can see that most of our time and energy is devoted to seeking material and emotional security. Although these things can make us happy for a short time, they are not able to provide the deep lasting contentment that we long for.

Happiness is a state of mind, therefore the real source of happiness lies in the mind, not in external situations. If our mind is peaceful we will experience happiness, regardless of our external circumstances, but if it is unpeaceful we will never find happiness, no matter how successful we are in improving our external conditions. The method to make our mind peaceful is through meditation.

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

THE BENEFITS

What can I gain from these classes?

  • Stress Reduction

    The classes will allow you to unwind your mind and return home relaxed and refreshed. They 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.

  • Positive Outlook

    The talks and guided meditations will provide you with the foundation for developing a powerful meditation practice which has many benefits. Meditation helps us to develop clarity and perspective so we can solve problems and deal with difficult situations in a positive and constructive way.

When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subsides and our mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally arises from within.

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rimpoche

WHERE TO START

We may have a wish to learn how to meditate, or to find out about Buddhism, but where do we start?

The General Program (GP) classes at KMC Wales and its branches are the perfect place. The classes are designed both as a series and as stand-alone classes, so you can attend any class even if the series has already started. Training our mind through meditation depends on guidance from a qualified instructor initially and it is also invaluable to have the support of fellow practitioners.

All General Program classes (https://meditationinwales.org/classes/) are based on Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s books and teachers will often reference a particular section of these books. This gives us the opportunity to deepen our familiarity with the topic by engaging in follow-up study. See ‘Foundation Program’ https://meditationinwales.org/foundation-program/ for more information.

WHAT HAPPENS IN A CLASS?

Classes begin with chanted prayers or a simple guided breathing meditation to reduce stress, tension and distractions. This is followed by a talk on how to incorporate meditation and Buddhist principles into daily life. This may include topics such as improving relationships, developing confidence, gaining peace of mind, coping with stress and dealing with anger.

There is guided meditation at the end of the class to help us gain deeper experience of the subject of the class. The class concludes with question and answer, giving you the opportunity to clarify any points.

“When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subsides and our mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally arises from within” – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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.

A: No- the courses focus on meditation alone.

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

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.

A: Yes, Kadampa Meditation Centre Wales is open to everybody, regardless of religion or spirituality.

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.

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

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.

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

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

A: No, unfortuately our video link is currently not working but check with epc@meditationinwales to check if fixed now.

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

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.