What happens at a class?
Taught by qualified Western teachers, the meditation classes are very easy to understand and apply to our daily lives. The classes are suitable for both beginners and more advanced practitioners, and emphasize how to meditate and practice in our busy modern world. It is not necessary to wear any special clothing, just come as you are. You can meditate sitting in a normal chair or if you prefer you can sit on a cushion on the floor.
Meditation is a simple yet profound method to improve the quality of our lives and develop inner peace. Through following simple, practical instructions we can learn to let go of the causes of our pain and dissatisfaction and to gain the inner peace and clarity we seek.
We offer a wide range of classes. We have regular drop in classes and courses that give a basic introduction to meditation and how we can apply Buddha’s teachings to daily life issues such as anger and improving relationships. We also offer more comprehensive study programs and courses of Buddhist view, meditation and action as well as regular deeper retreats.
At the beginning of each class the teacher will guide a gentle, relaxing meditation. Then the teacher will give a practical teaching on some aspect of Buddhist meditation and practice and explore how we can practically use this in our daily life. There is usually time for discussion and questions and answers. The Resident Teachers have all trained on the Teacher Training Program and are skilled in helping us to apply Buddha’s advice to our own daily lives with appropriate analogies, stories, reasoning and humor.
The session ends with a guided meditation, designed to help us take the teaching to heart in such a way that we are confident to begin to practice it on our own.
Afterwards, for those who wish, there is a chance to talk to the teacher and other students informally.
The meditation classes are suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators.
Everyone is welcome.
Having learned some methods for improving our mind, we can then continue to train in these meditations and special practices on our own. If we put these methods into practice we will experience our mind gradually becoming more peaceful, our problems diminishing, and our relationships improving.
Although the General Program classes are taught as a series, each class is self-contained, so feel free to attend any one. Nearly all of our day courses and retreats are also suitable for beginners. We hold classes throughout the Nordic area which are an excellent way to begin this spiritual adventure. As all General Program classes are based on Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s book, teachers will often reference a particular section of these books. This gives us the opportunity to deepen our familiarity with the topic by engaging in follow-up study