Meditation is one of the best ways to get started. It is easiest to learn how to meditate properly in a group with an experienced student guiding you. We offer two regular led meditations each week (Sunday morning and Tuesday morning). Both are suitable for new students. Each has a slightly different emphasis.
Read more about our meditation sessions here.
- Tuesday Evening Teachings
Letter to a King
with Geshe Sonam
7.30pm every Tuesday
This text by the great Indian master, Nagarjuna, is as relevant today as when he sent it as a letter of advice to his friend, a King, 2,000 years ago. The King was healthy, wealthy and very busy yet profoundly dissatisfied. The letter, a summary of the Mahayana Buddhist path, sets out the reasons for this unhappiness and how to conquer it.
- Sunday Afternoon Teachings
Mind Training Like the Rays of the Sun
2.30pm Sundays (not on 14 Aug and 16 Oct)
Based on the essential sayings of the no-nonsense meditator/scholar Kadampa masters, this text deals with the erroneous minds of self grasping and self cherishing. This is one of the great texts dealing with the elimination of these disturbing emotions.
Our Resident Teacher
Spiritual development does not come from just reading books on Buddhism and meditation. It is essential to receive teachings from a qualified teacher whose pure lineage can be traced back to the Buddha. In that respect we are fortunate to have Geshe Ngawang Sonam as our resident teacher. Ordained as a monk at the age of 10, he was awarded the title of Geshe after 22 years of study at Sera Jey Monastery in southern India. This study included all the major texts in the Gelugpa tradition. Follow this link to read the full biography of Geshe Ngawang Sonam