Meditation or bhavana in Sanskrit and gom in Tibetan means ‘to cultivate’ and ‘to familiarise’ respectively. Just as an agriculturalist cultivates their fields to produce crops, likewise, in meditation we cultivate the mind in qualities of tranquility, stability and clarity. We also familiarise our being with the virtues of compassion and loving kindness. Additionally, and most importantly, meditation is a time to familiarise one’s mind with reality ‘as it is’, rather than habitually following the way things appear to be.
The benefits of meditation
Through meditation, you learn about the nature of your mind rather than the sense world of desire and attachment. Why is this important? We think that worldly things are very useful, but the enjoyment they bring is minimal and transient. Meditation, on the other hand, has so much more to offer – joy, understanding, higher communication and control. Control here does not mean that you are controlled by somebody else, but rather by your own understanding knowledge-wisdom, which is a totally peaceful and joyful experience. Thus, meditation is very useful.
Friday Guided Meditations
Friday afternoons, 1.15pm – 1.45pm with Chenrezig Sangha
In the Gompa and now online
If meditation is something you’ve always wanted to try, this is a gentle and supportive environment in which to start and all are welcome, experienced or not.
Settle gently into your chair or on a cushion and be guided into a beautiful Buddhist meditation which will take around half an hour, but will seem much shorter. Leave here feeling peaceful and more familiar with yourself.
No bookings required. By donation. Your kindness means we can continue to offer our program for the benefit of all.
Basic Program Meditations
Tuesdays to Thursdays, 9.30am – 10.00am (part of the Basic Program timetable)
Meditation is an integral part of the Basic Program course and is available either in the gompa or online by Zoom. Meditations are led by senior students and will focus on topics covered in the Basic Program to provide motivation for our study and practice. Casual students are welcome to attend
Please note: These meditations are only scheduled during Basic Program teaching modules (Tuesday to Thursday on specific dates. Please check the calendar for dates). Most are general subjects, suitable for everyone, but some (Tantric teachings) will be restricted to those with the appropriate initiation.
Meditation Practice Day with Jhampa
Meditation is the ideal practice for a busy life, creating a strong and stable base of calm and relaxation that we can return to whenever we are feeling stressed or overwhelmed. When feeling stronger and calmer, we have the undistracted focus to be of greater benefit to ourselves and others. Jhampa will gently support your developing practice by leading you through a range of meditations and by explaining their importance on the Buddhist path
Introduction to Mindfulness With Ben Isbel
Full weekend course
The practice of mindfulness is grounded in the Buddha’s teachings, so this simple yet profound practice can lead us directly into the heart of the Buddha’s wisdom. In this way, we may come to see that mindfulness can take us far beyond what we may have thought possible.