Weekly Drop-in Meditation Classes for Everyone | Suitable for Beginners | No Booking Required.

125 Portland St (closest tram St. Peters Sq)


  • The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful.
  • If our mind is peaceful we will be free from worries and mental discomfort.
  • We will experience true happiness.
  • We develop an inner space and clarity that enables us to control our mind.
  • We can erradicate from our mind delusions the source of our suffering and problems.


  • Tuesdays | 7-8.15pm | £6 | with Kadampa Teacher Sam
  • Thursdays | 7-8.15pm | £6 | with Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Lhachog

The following classes will be based on Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s book; Modern Buddhism (available as a free download).

Beginning Our Spiritual Practice – Modern Buddhism.

Weeks beginning 14/10-11/11 

6. What is the real meaning of human life?

Material possessions, reputation, good looks, power, excitement, adventure and relationships can make us superficially happy for a short time, but they can never give us the real happiness that in our hearts we long for. This we can find only through an authentic spiritual practice.

7. How awareness of death enriches our life.

Although we usually do not like to think about death, Buddha says awareness of our mortality is the best way to make our life truly meaningful. Meditating on death opens the door to the spiritual path.

8. Avoiding future suffering

We may wonder what happens when we die. Buddha taught that the kind of rebirth we take depends on our actions, or karma, and he explained that performing non-virtuous actions is the main cause of taking lower rebirth. How can we be sure we do not take lower rebirth in our next life?

9. Who can really protect us?

When our life is in danger or we are threatened or sick we usually seek refuge in the police, doctors etc. But they can provide only temporary protection. We can enjoy permanent liberation from all sufferings only by seeking refuge in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.

10. Do you believe in karma?

From non-virtuous actions comes suffering and from virtuous actions comes happiness: if we believe this, we believe in karma. Buddha gave extensive teachings that prove the truth of this statement and showed how we can use our understanding of karma to avoid future suffering and enjoy pure happiness.

The following classes will be based on Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s book; Modern Buddhism (available as a free download).

Increasing Our Spiritual Capacity – Modern Buddhism.

Weeks beginning 18/11 – 16/12 

11. Why Do Our Problems Never End?

In general, everyone who has physical or mental pain, even animals, understands their own suffering; but when Buddha said in his first teaching, ‘You should know sufferings,’ he meant that we should know the sufferings of our future lives and develop a strong wish to liberate ourself from them now while we have the opportunity.

12. What Causes The Suffering We Experience?

The main cause of our suffering is our deluded minds, especially our self-grasping. If we abandon our self-grasping permanently, all our suffering and problems of this life and of countless future lives will cease permanently. How can we do this?

13. What is a true spiritual path?

A spiritual path is an inner path, or spiritual realization, that leads us to the pure happiness of liberation and enlightenment. How do we train in such paths?

14. Freedom from Suffering is Possible

Buddha said we should not be satisfied with merely temporary freedom from particular sufferings but apply great effort to attaining permanent freedom from all suffering. Only by following a correct spiritual path can we accomplish this freedom.

15. What is meditation and how does it help?

We want to be happy all the time, even during our dreams. How can we do this? Through training in meditation. Meditation makes our mind become peaceful, and when our mind is peaceful we are happy all the time, even if our external conditions are poor.


No.  Everyone is welcome.  These methods are applicable in our daily lives whatever our background or beliefs.

No.  The classes are all seated and you are welcome to sit on a chair or on a cushion on the floor.

Yes.  All of our classes are suitable for everyone.

No.  All of our classes are drop in.  However for half day courses and evening classes in the city there is a discount if you book in advance.

See our Membership and Prices menu for details of prices.

We are a not for profit charity.  All of the fees for classes cover the costs of running our Centres and go towards our International Temples Project.

“A warm and welcoming environment”


“I have noticed a wonderful improvement in my relationships with others and dealing with situations”


“I always leave a bit happier and a little bit kinder to others and myself”


“It was thoroughly enjoyable and helped massively with opening my eyes to how this can be used to alleviate stress.”

“I left the session feeling very peaceful, with advice that hopefully I will be able to take forwards into my work and home life.”

“There is pretty much a class every day so I can always make it along.”