Meditation Classes FAQ

Here are some common questions that people ask about our meditation classes. If you have any other questions please contact us and we will be happy to help you in anyway.

Q: What weekly classes are available?

A: Weekly meditation classes mainly take place in the evening although we do run several lunchtime meditation classes. Bodhisattva Centre now runs weekly classes at several venues around the South East of England. The classes cover all the essential ideas in Buddhism in a simple, structured and down-to-earth way, and enable us to learn how to meditate and then make steady progress.

Q: Do I need to be Buddhist to attend a weekly class?

A: No. We try to present Buddha’s teachings in a way that is accessible to everyone, and no religious obligation is required.

Q: Do I need to have experience of meditation or Buddhism to attend a weekly class?

A: No. Everyone is welcome, including beginners.

Q: If I’m a complete beginner, should I attend a weekly class or a weekend event?

A: Either is fine; it really depends on your own circumstances and preference. Weekly classes are shorter and the groups are smaller, whereas weekend events attract larger audiences and take place over a whole day or more.

Q: Which weekly class is suitable for someone with some experience of meditation?

A: The teachings are designed to be simple yet profound, so that every class provides something for everyone.

Q: What should I expect at a weekly class?

A: The classes begin with simple prayers, followed by a relaxation meditation. Then there will be a talk covering the basics of meditation and Buddhism, emphasizing how these can be applied to daily life. Finally, if there is time, there is a second meditation and questions-and-answers. Buddhist books will be on sale for further reading. The classes conclude with light refreshments and an opportunity to get to know people informally.

Q: Will I be asked to say anything, or speak in front of a group of people?

A: No. But you can ask questions if you want to.

Q: Is there any physical exercise involved, such as yoga?

A: No. The courses focus on meditation alone.

Q: What do I need to bring?

A: Nothing in particular. However, some people find it useful to bring a notepad and pen.

Q: How should I dress?

A: There are no special requirements, but comfortable clothing is generally best.

Q: If I want to attend a weekly class, do I need to wait for the next course of classes to begin?

A: No. Each class is self-contained. You can drop in whenever you can, and start whenever you like.

Q: Do I need to book in advance?

A: For weekly classes it is not necessary to book in advance. However, for our day courses & meditation retreats you are required to book in advance.