• Meditation Classes in Beckenham

    With Mark Budd

Practical Information

Time: Wednesdays 7:30 – 9pm

LocationAzelia Hall, 258 Croydon Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 4DA

Cost: £10 per class (no need to book) or

£40 for 5-week series | £32 for 4-week series | £25 for 3-week series (book online below)

What to expect:

These classes are open to everyone. They start with a welcome and guided breathing meditation to settle the mind, this usually lasts around 20 minutes.

Then there is an inspiring talk exploring practical methods derived from Buddha’s teachings to improve our daily happiness, solve our internal problems and move towards lasting peace of mind. The teacings are very practical in nature, drawing from everyday examples and showing how we can remain mindful of the insights we gain during the course of our daily life.

The class concludes with a second meditation, based on the ideas raised and some take away advice on how to implement the teaching into our day.

Classes run following a four-week series but can also be attended on a drop-in basis at any time as each class is also self-contained. See below for class details and block booking.

We also have several membership options for those attending regularly.

The Buddhist Way of Loving Kindness | November

Explore how to cultivate an authentic experience of loving kindness through meditation. By opening our heart to others, we can solve many of our daily problems, improve our relationships with others and maintain a happy peaceful mind all the time.

At present, our experience of real love is very limited and is often conditional- thus, most of our relationships with others, also serve as a source of much pain, anxiety and frustration. However, through training systematically in these timeless methods we can make all our encounters with others more satisfying and meaningful.

Wednesday 7 – Developing Pure Unconditional Love

This class will explore Buddha’s teachings on the difference between love and attachment and on this basis, how we can learn to increase our love by gradually reducing the power of our attachment in our relationships.

Wednesday 14 –  Cultivating Gratitude

We can get so stuck focusing on the negative that we can forget to appreciate all the benefit we receive from others. By maintaining an awareness of the kindness of others in our life we can keep a positive, grateful mind that will make us more warm and well disposed towards others and protect us from unhappy thoughts.

Wednesday 21 – Changing Our View of Others

This class will explore how we can distinguish between a person and their delusions and use this wisdom to let go of blame and criticism.

Wednesday 28 – Developing Humility

If we feel superior to others we cannot develop a deep experience of love. This class will explore how by training in humility we can cultivate an attitude of respect towards others that is the very essence of the Buddhist way of life.

Mark Budd

Mark is an experienced practitioner of Kadampa Buddhism.  Having worked professionally in the mental health and environmental sector, as a working parent  Mark  brings much practical experience on how to apply the practice of meditation to our busy everyday  lives. His over-riding wish is to transform people’s lives through Buddhist techniques of training the mind.

Compassion in Action | December

“When we purify our mind through the practices of taking and giving, every spiritual realization will grow easily in our mind.”

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

This series will explore powerful meditations on taking and giving derived from the Buddhist mind training tradition through which we can heal our mind and powerfully enhance our love, compassion and wisdom.

There are four main benefits to the practices of taking and giving which are mentioned in Buddhist scriptures, they are powerful methods to:

  • Purify the potentialities of non-virtuous actions that cause us to experience various difficulties and problems
  • To accumulate a great collection of merit or good fortune
  • To ripen our potentiality to benefit all living beings
  • To purify our mind.

 

Wednesday 5 – Taking By Means of Compassion

A powerful meditation on compassion using the power of imagination and concentration that can be used to help others and solve our own inner problems.

Wednesday 12 – Giving by Means of Love

A special training in love that enables us to bring our future ability to give happiness to others into our present spiritual practice.

Wednesday 19 – Mounting Taking and Giving Upon the Breath

In this class we will learn how to unite the two previous trainings with breathing meditation which has many profound benefits.

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