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Meditation

Kadampa Meditation Centre Manchester

The purpose of meditation
is to make our mind
calm and peaceful

Learn To Meditate - Kadampa Meditation Manchester

Learn To Meditate

“If our mind is not peaceful, we will find it very difficult to be happy”

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

The Basics

The first stage of meditation is to stop distractions and make our mind clearer and more lucid. This can be accomplished by practicing a simple breathing meditation. We choose a quiet place to meditate and sit in a comfortable position. We can sit in the traditional cross-legged posture or in any other position that is comfortable. If we wish, we can sit in chair. The most important thing is to keep our back straight to prevent our mind from becoming sluggish or sleepy.

We sit with our eyes partially closed and turn our attention to our breathing. We breathe naturally, preferably through the nostrils, without attempting to control our breath, and we try to become aware of the sensation of the breath as it enters and leaves the nostrils. This sensation is our object of meditation. We should try to concentrate on it to the exclusion of everything else.

Building A Daily Routine

By training in meditation, we create an inner space and clarity that enables us to control our mind regardless of the external circumstances. Gradually we develop mental equilibrium, a balanced mind that is happy all the time, rather than an unbalanced mind that oscillates between the extremes of excitement and despondency.

If we train in meditation systematically, eventually we will be able to eradicate from our mind the delusions that are the causes of all our problems and suffering. In this way, we will come to experience a permanent inner peace, known as “liberation” or “nirvana”. Then, day and night in life after life, we will experience only peace and happiness.

Controlling The Mind

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism who has pioneered the introduction of modern Buddhism into contemporary society. He is the author of 22 highly acclaimed books that perfectly transmit the ancient wisdom of Buddhism to our modern world.

If you have been attending weekly drop-in classes for a while and would like to deepen your understanding and experience of meditation and Kadampa Buddhism then why not consider joining our Foundation Program (FP) or Teacher Training Program (TTP).  On FP and TTP you will have an opportunity to study one of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s texts in more detail and engage in paired and group discussions to deepen your experience. 

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FAQ

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.

During lockdown and restrictions, most classes are streamed online, when lockdown is over then most 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.

All costs are shown with each event also to save costs if you wish to attend regularly See our Membership Prices 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.

We have a whole website dedicated to giving people snippets via Podcasts so you can get a feeling of the teachings. Modern Buddhism Podcasts.

Kadampa Meditation Centre Manchester is a registered charity (1038999) whose function is to offer Kadampa teachings and meditations for everyone.  So that everyone may have the opportunity to find inner peace and happiness and be free from problems and suffering.  

Our Centres run on kindness.  If you would like to support KMC Manchester there are many ways you can help. Thank you for your support. 

For more information please contact us on info@kmcmanchester.org