About meditation

Classes held at Pure Land Centre

What to expect

  • Classes are suitable for both complete beginners and those who already have experience of meditation.
  • Sessions begin with a simple guided meditation to help stop distracting thoughts and calm the mind.
  • This is followed by a talk on a specific topic relevant to daily life and another guided meditation based on the talk.
  • Seating is in chairs but you are welcome to sit on a cushion if you prefer.
  • Classes are self contained so you can come to a whole course or just drop in when you can.
  • No need to book.

Covid-19 precautions

Please see individual class information for accessibility. Check here for Covid information. Please subscribe to our mailing list to receive updates.

The benefits

  • Learn to relax and let go of stress and anxiety
  • Protect your peace of mind – even in challenging situations
  • Improve concentration and focus
  • Develop genuine and realistic optimism and positivity
  • Everyone can benefit and is welcome to attend – you don’t need to be a Buddhist
The Purpose of Meditation

The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful. If our mind is peaceful we shall be free from worries and mental discomfort; but if our mind is not peaceful, we shall find it very difficult to be happy, even if we are living in the very best conditions.

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso


Buddha’s Teachings, known as Dharma, are like an inner science that explains, with perfect clarity, the nature and function of the many different aspects of our mind. By applying this understanding we can transform our mind and gain spiritual realisations with which we can solve all our human problems and fulfill all our own and others’ wishes. We can live in our busy, modern world, engaging in normal activities, but seeking happiness from a completely reliable source – from the positive qualities that we have cultivated through meditation within our own mind.

How to Transform Your life – free ebook, click image

For an extensive collection of books, including audio and ebooks, guided meditations, audio and printed prayers and prints of authentic Buddhist art go to www.tharpa.com/uk 

Many of these items are also available in our bookshop at Pure Land Centre.

“Normally we divide the external world into that which we consider to be good or valuable, bad or worthless, or neither. Most of the time these discriminations are incorrect or have little meaning. For example, our habitual way of categorizing people as friends, enemies, and strangers depending on how they make us feel is both incorrect and a great obstacle to developing impartial love for all living beings. Rather than holding so tightly to our discriminations of the external world, it would be much more beneficial if we learned to discriminate between valuable and worthless states of mind.”

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

from the book How to Transform Your Life



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