Meditation in Reading and the Thames Valley

FAQ about meditation classes

Here are some common questions that people ask about our meditation classes. If you have any other questions please call or email us and we will be happy to help you in any way.

Q: Do I need to be Buddhist to attend a weekly class?
A: No. We try to present Buddha’s teachings in a way that is accessible to everyone. Buddhist meditation is very practical and relevant to modern daily life and enables us to develop peace of mind, reduce stress and anxiety and improve our concentration, relationships with others and general sense of personal well being.

Q: Do I need to have experience of meditation or Buddhism to attend a weekly class?
A: No. Everyone is welcome, including beginners.

Q: If I’m a complete beginner, should I attend a weekly class or a weekend event?
A: Either is fine; it really depends on your own circumstances and preference. Weekly classes are shorter, whereas weekend events take place over a half a day or more.

Q: What should I expect at a weekly class?
A: The classes begin with simple prayers, followed by a relaxation meditation. Then there will be a talk covering the basics of meditation and Buddhism, emphasizing how these can be applied to daily life. Finally, there is a second meditation, discussion and questions-and-answers. Buddhist books will be on sale for further reading. The classes conclude with light refreshments and an opportunity to get to know people informally.

Q: How do we sit to meditate?
A: Generally, we sit on chairs so that everyone is comfortable. However, there are cushions for you to sit on the floor if you prefer.

Q: Will I be asked to say anything, or speak in front of a group of people?
A: No. But you can ask questions if you want to.

Q: Is there any physical exercise involved, such as yoga?
A: No. The courses focus on meditation alone.

Q: What do I need to bring?
A: Nothing in particular. However, some people find it useful to bring a notepad and pen.

Q: How should I dress?
A: There are no special requirements, but comfortable clothing is generally best. We ask people to leave their shoes outside the room, so in winter you may find it helpful to bring along some warm socks to wear.

Q: If I want to attend a weekly class, do I need to wait for the next course of classes to begin?
A: No. Each class is self-contained. You can drop in whenever you can, and start whenever you like.

Q: Do I need to book in advance?
A: For weekly classes it is not necessary to book in advance. However, for our day courses & meditation retreats you are required to book in advance.

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