What is Meditation?

Meditation is a method for acquainting our mind with virtue.

The more familiar our mind is with virtue, the calmer and more peaceful it becomes. When our mind is peaceful we are free from worries and mental discomfort, and we experience true happiness.

If we train our mind to become peaceful we will be happy all the time, even in the most adverse conditions. But if our mind is not peaceful, even if we have the most pleasant external conditions we will not be happy. Therefore it is important to train our mind through meditation. There are two types of meditation: analytical meditation and placement meditation. When we contemplate the meaning of a Dharma instruction that we have heard or read we are doing analytical meditation. By deeply contemplating the instruction, eventually we reach a conclusion or cause a specific virtuous state of mind to arise. This is the object of placement meditation.

Having found our object through analytical meditation, we then concentrate on it single-pointedly for as long as possible to become deeply acquainted with it. This single-pointed concentration is placement meditation. Often, analytical meditation is called simply ‘contemplation’, and placement meditation simply ‘meditation’.

What to expect at a class?
Our meditation classes are open to everyone. We meditate sitting on chairs because most people find it uncomfortable to sit cross-legged on a cushion. However, if that’s your preference, you’re welcome to sit on a cushion. No previous experience of meditation or Buddhism is needed and you don’t need to wear special clothes. Our experienced teachers will gently guide you with clear step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow. Each class usually consists of a teaching, one or two guided meditations, and time for discussion. It is a very pleasant and positive experience. Please join us at anytime!

 

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