Meditation 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.

Covid-19 precautions


During the current situation most of our classes are Live-streamed. However, where practical, we are allowing some to be attended in person. Check here for more 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
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with Gen Kelsang Chonyi

Transforming Sickness and Mental Pain

  • November 3, 10, 17, 24
  • December 1

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.

Location

Exeter, Pure Land Centre 

Tuesday evenings 7.30-8.45pm


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with Gen Kelsang Chonyi ‘Just Meditate’ – Half Hour Classes

  • October 6, 13, 20       
  • November 3, 10, 17

We are delighted to offer these in person classes. Attendance is currently limited to 4 people per class (or 5 people if at least two are from the same household) to allow for ample social distancing. 

>£3 per class

Please read our Covid-19 guidance before booking and book your place in advance online. We very much look forward to seeing you. .

Covid-19 info

Pure Land Kadampa Buddhist CentreCovid-19

Update: September 29th 2020


We are continuing to live-stream the majority of our classes and events but we are delighted that we can now offer some limited opportunities to attend in person. To keep both you and our residential community at Pure Land safe, we are maintaining the following guidelines, in accordance with the Government COVID-19 guidance for Places of Worship:

Please do not attend if you have been diagnosed with Covid-19 or have any symptoms; (fever, persistent cough or loss of taste or smell) or feel unwell (as the symptoms are so varied) or if you have been in contact with anyone who has symptoms or has been diagnosed with Covid-19.


Before you arrive

  • We will clean and sanitise touch points before you arrive. 
  • Chairs will have been quarantined for 72 hours and will be set out in the meditation room at least 2m apart.

Arrival and general information

  • Please arrive in good time for the class to allow for one person at a time to come in, remove shoes and enter the meditation room (the corridor is too narrow for more than one person at a time).
  • Use hand sanitiser provided when you arrive
  • Keep a 2m distance from othersWear a face covering at all times inside the building. Please fill in an NHS test and trace form, or scan our QR code with NHS Covid-19 app. 
  • The downstairs toilet will be available - please use hand sanitiser before entering and wash hands on leaving

In the meditation room

  • Chairs will be set out for you – please do not move them. 
  • The room will be kept ventilated and we have removed blankets and cushions, so you may like to bring your own cushion and/or some extra clothing for your comfort. (We’ll try to keep the room warm - but there will be some fresh air coming through)
  • Bring your own water if you need it (sorry, there will be no access to kitchen for visitors).
  • There will be no chanting or singing; any chanting will be with CD only.

Leaving

  • Chairs will be set out for you – please do not move them. 
  • The room will be kept ventilated and we have removed blankets and cushions, so you may like to bring your own cushion and/or some extra clothing for your comfort. (We’ll try to keep the room warm - but there will be some fresh air coming through)
  • Bring your own water if you need it (sorry, there will be no access to kitchen for visitors).
  • There will be no chanting or singing; any chanting will be with CD only.

Leaving

  • At the end of the session please leave one person at a time - (or one household at a time if applicable).

Thank you for your patience.

Things are a little weird but we really look forward to seeing youand welcoming you to Pure Land Centre 🙂

Exeter, Pure Land Centre 

Tuesday mornings 11.30am - 12.00noon


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Living Meaningfully, Dying Joyfully

Thursdays 11am-12noon, with Gen Chonyi

Recorded webinars available for 72 hours after the end of each session

  • September 24·         
  • October 1, 8, 15, 22

We are alive, therefore we will die.  This is the simplest, most obvious truth of our existence yet very few of us have really come to terms with this fact. If, instead of denying or fearing death, we learn to live with an awareness of our mortality, we can bring real meaning and joy to our life, face our own death with peace and also learn how to help those who are dying and those who have died. All sessions will include talks and guided meditations based on the book, Living Meaningfully, Dying Joyfully by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, available from Tharpa Publications  in paper and in eBook format.

>£4 per session

Join at scheduled time or, alternatively, recordings will be available soon after each session and can be viewed any time within 72 hours of the end of scheduled session.

Location

Exeter, Pure Land Centre 

Thursday mornings 11am - 12 noon


Living Meaningfully Dying Joyfully
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with Louis Bartlett 6.30-7.45pm

How to Solve our human problems

  • October  5, 12, 19·         
  • November  2, 9, 16, 30 (no class on 23rd)·         
  • December 7, 14

>£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.

Location

Crediton 

Monday evenings 6.30 - 7.45pm


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with Gen Kelsang Chonyi

  • September 9, 16, 23, 30
  • October 7, 14, 21

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

@ The Chaplaincy Centre, RD&E Hospital, Wonford

*Numbers are limited to 15 on a first come first serve basis.

Free: Available for all staff at the RD&E Hospital (Sorry - no patients or visitors at the moment - we look forward to welcoming you back when it is safe to do so)


Sessions are subject to revision depending on Covid19 - please double check on HUB if in doubt.

Location

Exeter, RD&E Hospital 

Wednesday lunchtimes 12.30 - 1.00pm


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with Gen Kelsang Chonyi

Creating Peace in a Troubled World

  • September 10, 17, 24
  • October 1, 8, 15, 22

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.


Sidmouth

Thursday evenings 7.00 - 8.15pm


In depth classes at Pure Land Centre

Foundation Programme - THE NEW EIGHT STEPS TO HAPPINESS 

Sunday mornings 9.30 am - 12.45 pm


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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.

ON LINE

Classes will be live-steamed via Zoom

& FACE TO FACE

Up to four people can attend in person - spaces for in person attendance will be shared out so everyone who wishes to can take it in turns to come in.


Venue Pure Land Kadampa Buddhist Centre,

55 Union Road, Exeter, EX4 6HU

WI meditationinexeter.org

EI info@meditationinexeter.org

TI 01392 490058

“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.”

Location

Foundation Programme, FP - UNIVERSAL COMPASSION

Wednesday evenings 7 - 9pm


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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.

From September 2020 we will be studying 'Universal Compassion' by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. The teachings and meditations in this beautiful text are perfect for the present time and empower us to live joyfully in the midst of challenge and uncertanty.


ON LINE Classes will be live-steamed via Zoom

& FACE TO FACE Up to four people can attend in person - spaces for in person attendance will be shared out so everyone who wishes to can take it in turns to come in.


Venue Pure Land Kadampa Buddhist Centre,

55 Union Road, Exeter, EX4 6HU

WI meditationinexeter.org EI info@meditationinexeter.org

TI 01392 490058


From the author:

"We need to transform whatever circumstances we meet, whether good or bad, into the spiritual path by channelling all our actions in a virtuous direction. This practice is extremely important. Those who engage in it successfully will never have to experience anxiety or discouragement but will be able to remain calm and peaceful in all circumstances."

Location

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

How to Solve our Human Problems

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