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About meditation

Attending our classes: 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.

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
Geshe la

“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

Buddha's teachings


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 Kadampa Meditation Centre Exeter

How to meditate

Beginner meditations

Meditation and Mindfulness: Why We Need Meditation - Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong

How to Meditate - The Benefits of Meditation

How to Meditate - Improving our relationships with others

Geshe la

“If we want to be truly happy and free from suffering, we must learn how to control our mind.”

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

from the book Modern Buddhism: The Path of Compassion and Wisdom, Volume 1: Sutra

How to meditate 2

Developing authentic happiness

The Keys to a Meaningful Life with Kadam Morten Clausen - Part 1

The Keys to a Meaningful Life with Kadam Morten Clausen - Part 2

Meditation Series: Practical Advice for the Meditation Break - with Kadam Morten Clausen - Part 3

Geshe la

“It is very important to identify the actual cause of whatever unhappiness we feel. If we are forever blaming our difficulties on others, this is a sure sign that there are still many problems and faults within our own mind.”

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

from the book How to Solve Our Human Problems: The Four Noble Truths


Temples for World Peace and Festivals

Building a Temple for World Peace in Malaga, the beginning of the project

Building a Temple for World Peace in Malaga, February 2021

Building a Temple for World Peace in Malaga, nearing completion October 2021

Geshe la

“Although we want to be happy all the time we do not know how to do this, and we are always destroying our own happiness by developing anger, negative views and negative intentions. We are always trying to escape from problems, even in our dreams, but we do not know how to liberate ourself from suffering and problems. Because we do not understand the real nature of things, we are always creating our own suffering and problems by performing inappropriate or non-virtuous actions.”

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

from the book Modern Buddhism: The Path of Compassion and Wisdom, Volume 1: Sutra.

Useful links

Tharpa is the dedicated publisher of the books of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. At Tharpa you will find Buddhist books, audio and art, which offer inspiring solutions to daily problems bringing wisdom and clarity to your life.

Manjushri KMC is an internationally renowned centre for modern Kadampa Buddhism in The Lake District, and is the mother centre of our tradition.

Providing meditation classes, retreats and various courses.

Based in Bristol offering a range of introductory meditation classes, drop in lunchtime classes, day courses, in-depth study programs and focused retreats.



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