Pure Land Kadampa Buddhist Centre is closed to visitors

Due to the current risks of Covid-19 we are now closed to the public until further notice.  All branch classes are also cancelled.

We are now Live-streaming many classes and events (see below).  Please subscribe to our mailing list to receive updates.

 

Meditation classes 2020

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

Exeter, Pure Land Centre Tuesday evenings 7.30-8.45pm

Note:* Classes are only for those in our normal catchment area
– Devon, Teignbridge, Southwest Somerset and West Dorset.
To find your nearest Kadampa Centre click here.

with Gen Kelsang Chonyi

Facing fear: finding freedom

  • June  9, 16, 23, 30
  • July 7

A talk and guided meditations. Experience deep relaxation and develop the mental freedom to approach life with clarity, wisdom and a fresh perspective.

  • For information on accessing Live streaming click here
  • £5 per class
    students £4

Please book at least 2 hours before start of class if possible
A link for access will be sent to your email.

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Exeter, Pure Land Centre Tuesday lunchtimes 12.30 - 1.00pm

with Gen Kelsang Chonyi

‘Just Meditate’ – Half Hour Classes

  • May 5, 12, 19

  • June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

A guided meditation to wind down, rest and refresh in your lunch break.

£2.00 per class

Exeter, Pure Land Centre Wednesday 5.30 - 6.00pm

with Clive Owen

‘Just Meditate’ – Half Hour Classes

  • June 3,10,17,24

A guided meditation to wind down, rest and refresh.

£2.00 per class

Exeter, Pure Land Centre Thursday mornings 11am - 12 noon

Thursdays mornings, 11am-12noon

with Gen Kelsang Chonyi

Offerings, Visualisation & Prayer

Ever wondered what any of these is all about? All three are principally mental actions and now’s your chance to find out their real meaning and power.

  • June 11 Offerings: How to accumulate a wealth of positivity
  • June 18 Visualisation: Abiding in the presence of enlightened beings
  • June 25 Prayer: The power of pure aspiration

£4 per session

Crediton Monday evenings 6.30 - 7.45pm

Transform your mind: transform your life

Crediton class

with Louis Bartlett

6.30-7.45pm

  • July 6,13,20

£5  > students £4

Please book at least 2 hours before start of class if possible.  A link for access will be sent to your email.

St Boniface Roman Catholic Church, Park Road, Crediton, EX17 3ET
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Exeter, RD&E Hospital Wednesday lunchtimes 12.30 - 1.00pm

with Gen Kelsang Chonyi

  • June 10, 17, 24
  • July 1, 8

Meditations to create inner calm, confidence and genuine positivity in extremely challenging times.

Available for all staff at the RD&E Hospital
Information on joining is available from RD&E Comms.

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Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Barrack Road, Exeter, EX2 5DW

Budleigh Salterton Mondays 3.00 - 4.00pm

Foundation Programme

with Gen Kelsang Chonyi

  • February 24
  • March 9, 23
  • April 20
  • May 4, 18
  • June 1, 15
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A talk and guided meditations. Experience deep relaxation and develop the mental freedom to approach life with clarity, wisdom and a fresh perspective.  

> £5 per class 

Exmouth Mondays 6.30 - 7.45pm

Exmouth classes

with Gen Kelsang Chonyi

The Art of Positive Thinking

  • February 24
  • March 9, 23
  • April 20
  • May 4, 18
  • June 1, 15

A talk and guided meditations. Experience deep relaxation and develop the mental freedom to approach life with clarity, wisdom and a fresh perspective.  Stay on for a cup of tea if you wish.

> £6 per class or £20 for a four week class card (covers you for any four weeks, doesn’t have to be four in a row and can be used at any of the venues on this page) > students £4

The Kennaway Centre 10-12 Victoria Road, EX8 1DL

Sidmouth Thursday evenings 7.00 - 8.15pm

Note:* Classes are only for those in our normal catchment area
– Devon, Teignbridge, Southwest Somerset and West Dorset.
To find your nearest Kadampa Centre click here.
Sidmouth classes

with Gen Kelsang Chonyi

Facing fear: finding freedom

  • June 4, 11, 18, 25
  • July 2

A talk and guided meditations. Experience deep relaxation and develop the mental freedom to approach life with clarity, wisdom and a fresh perspective.

  • For information on accessing Live streaming click here
  • £5 per class
    students £4

Please book at least 2 hours before start of class if possible.
A link for access will be sent to your email.

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In depth classes at Pure Land Centre

NEW Foundation Programme - EIGHT STEPS TO HAPPINESS Sunday mornings 9.30am - 12.30pm

Going Deeper . . . 

A special opportunity to gain deep insight into Buddha’s teachings through studying “The New Eight Steps to Happiness”. In this profoundly beautiful text Geshe Kelsang reveals methods for us to develop unconditional love and compassion and transform our day-to-day living, including even the most demanding conditions, into opportunities for personal and spiritual development..

Joining the Foundation Programme is the best way to deepen our understanding and experience of Dharma, and to enjoy the company and support of spiritual friends.

“I can guarantee that if you put the instructions of training the mind into practice in your daily life you will find the inner peace and joy that everyone is looking for.

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso – from the book.”

  • What is the Foundation Programme?

The Foundation Programme provides an ideal opportunity for those who wish to deepen their understanding of Buddhism. The programme, designed by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, involves the study of six essential texts. Classes consist of readings with additional commentary, prayers, guided meditation and discussion. Emphasis is placed on integrating Buddha’s teachings into daily life so that we can solve our human problems and become sincere spiritual practitioners.

Students enrol for a section of a book at a time and agree to try to attend every class for that subject and to memorise the essential points of the text. Through following this systematic approach our study, contemplation and meditation will bring profound results.

  • When is it?

Classes are on Sunday mornings from 9.30am-12.45pm (with a half hour break) and the dates for the first part of 2020 are:

February 23 March 8, 15, 29 April 5, 26
May 17, 31 June 14, 21 July 5, 12 SUMMER BREAK classes resume September 6

  • What does it cost ?

To cover your FP classes you become a ‘Centre Card Holder’. That means that you make a regular payment, preferably by Standing Order, of £35.00 a month. This is effectively an annual amount paid monthly, which is why we still ask for payment during times when there are no classes. Concessions are available so if this fee is genuinely difficult for you to manage please let us know – we don’t want lack of funds to prevent you from joining the course!.

As well as covering the FP classes, the Centre Card also covers most other courses, retreats and evening classes so you can attend as many drop-in classes and morning or day courses as you wish (you just pay for any meals you have – eg a day course lunch £4). Becoming a Card Holder also helps Pure Land Centre because it gives us a regular income, enabling us to function as a Dharma Centre, making these teachings available to as many people as possible.

  • Like to find out more?

Please contact the programme teacher, Gen Chonyi, if you are interested in joining or would like further details. You can also arrange to try out a couple of classes (no charge) before making a commitment.

Pure Land Buddhist Centre 55 Union Rd, Exeter EX4 6HU

Foundation Programme - HOW TO UNDERSTAND THE MIND Wednesday evenings 7 - 9pm

Taking the next step . . . 

Joining the Foundation Programme is a special way to deepen our understanding and experience of Buddha’s teachings, known as Dharma.

We are currently studying “How to Understand the Mind” and from January 2020 we shall be delving into the final section which gives a detailed explanation of meditation, showing how by controlling and transforming our mind we can attain a lasting state of joy, independent of external conditions.

“If you realise your own mind you will become a Buddha; you should not seek Buddhahood elsewhere. 

Buddha Shakyamuni”

  • What is the Foundation Programme?

The Foundation Programme provides an ideal opportunity for those who wish to deepen their understanding of Buddhism. The programme, designed by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, involves the study of six essential texts. Classes consist of readings with additional commentary, prayers, guided meditation and discussion. Emphasis is placed on integrating Buddha’s teachings into daily life so that we can solve our human problems and become sincere spiritual practitioners.

Students enrol for a section of a book at a time and agree to try to attend every class for that subject and to memorise the essential points of the text. Through following this systematic approach our study, contemplation and meditation will bring profound results.

  • When is it?

Classes are on Wednesday evenings from 7 – 9pm and the dates for this section of How to Understand the Mind are:
February 26 March 4, 11, 18 25 April 1 EASTER BREAK
April 22, 29 May 6,13, 20 HALF TERM BREAK
June 3,10,17,24 July 1, 8

We will complete this text in July; there is then a break over the summer and for those who wish to continue we will begin studying a new text in September.

  • What does it cost ?

To cover your FP classes you become a ‘Centre Card Holder’. That means that you make a regular payment, preferably by Standing Order, of £35.00 a month. This is effectively an annual amount paid monthly, which is why we still ask for payment during times when there are no classes. Concessions are available so if this fee is genuinely difficult for you to manage please let us know – we don’t want lack of funds to prevent you from joining the course!.

As well as covering the FP classes, the Centre Card also covers most other courses, retreats and evening classes so you can attend as many drop-in classes and morning or day courses as you wish (you just pay for any meals you have – eg a day course lunch £4). Becoming a Card Holder also helps Pure Land Centre because it gives us a regular income, enabling us to function as a Dharma Centre, making these teachings available to as many people as possible.

  • Like to find out more?

Please contact the programme teacher, Gen Chonyi, if you are interested in joining or would like further details. You can also arrange to try out a couple of classes (no charge) before making a commitment.

Pure Land Buddhist Centre 55 Union Rd, Exeter EX4 6HU
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

“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

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How to Solve our Human Problems