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Meditation

In Buddhism, meditation is seen as part of an overall path and approach to life.

Meditation develops positive states of mind, but there is not much point in doing this for just

a short period each day if we are cultivating negative states the rest of the time. For this reason

we prefer to teach meditation along with a range of other practices that help us make positive

changes to our mental states. 

For this reason most of our introductory classes are called an Introduction to Meditation and

Buddhism, rather than being just about meditation alone.

We teach two meditation practices in our introductory classes

Mindfulness of Breathing

This helps us to develop a serene, alert, focussed state of mind, in which we can get

beyond the usual chatter in our heads and start to listen to our deeper feelings, thought patterns, inspiration and wisdom.

Metta Bhavana

The Metta Bhavana (sometimes called development of loving kindness), this helps us to

develop positivity and warmth, to leave behind harmful emotions, and to connect with other

people at a deeper and empathetic level.

We combine these formal practices with the non-practice of Just Sitting, which gives an

open space in which we can absorb the effects of meditation.