Meditation Classes in Greenwich
– Everyone Welcome –
Mondays, 7.30 – 8.30pm
St Alfege Church Hall (The Frank Smith Room)
£10 per person – drop in classes
(course discounts available)
In these weekly classes you will learn proven techniques, based on Buddha’s teachings, for calming the mind, becoming more positive and focused, and reducing stress.
Each class begins with a simple guided meditation (such as breathing meditation), followed by a practical talk on a topic such as how to make our mind peaceful, how to let go of anger, or how to develop a good heart towards others. In particular, the class will explain a particular method for practically solving our daily problems and improving our relationships with others. Then, the class will conclude with a second meditation on that topic and time for questions and discussion.
These meditation classes are open to everyone, regardless of your background and beliefs. They are suitable for beginners and experienced meditators alike and, although presented as part of a series, each class is self-contained – so you can drop in any time. Everybody welcome!
Thomas has over 10 years’ experience of meditation and study within the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT). He has successfully completed many meditation retreats, studied under a number of senior NKT teachers and taught at various locations in the UK, including the University of York, Madhyamaka KMC and Manjushri KMC. Thomas is known and respected for his skill in presenting meditation topics in a way that is joyful, practical and down to earth.
St Alfege Church Hall
The Frank Smith Room
Greenwich, London, SE10 9JT
The hall is behind Saint Alfege Church (which is on the high street: Greenwich Church Street), just across a small green, and is next to the Courtyard Nursery
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 is meditation?
The purpose of meditation is to cultivate positive states of mind, conducive to peace and well-being, and overcome negative habits of mind. Happiness is a state of mind, therefore the real source of happiness lies in the mind, not in external conditions. When our mind is peaceful we are free from worries and mental discomfort, and we experience true happiness.
Meditation is a technique used by millions of people to develop a calm and peaceful mind. It reduces stress, anxiety, and other negative states of mind and promotes physical and mental well-being. The meditations we guide are non-sectarian, non-judgemental, and universal. They are simple and accepted methods to help people tackle the stress and anxiety associated with the challenges of modern daily life.
Q: Do I have to sit of the floor?
A: No, people have the choice of sitting on a chair or they can bring their own cushion and sit on the floor.
Q: Do I need to have a religious affiliation to attend these weekly classes?
A: No. Everything is presented in a way that is accessible to everyone, and no religious affiliation is required.
Q: Do I need to have experience of meditation to attend a weekly class?
A: No. Everyone is welcome, including beginners.
Q: Are these classes suitable for someone who already has some experience of meditation?
A: The teachings are designed to be simple yet profound, so that every class provides something for everyone.
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.