It is a generally accepted principle that all religions teach us to be good, and not to be bad. In Buddhism we teach a third step, this is to train the mind.
To abstain from all evil,
To cultivate what is wholesome,
To purify one’s mind
This is the Message of the Buddhas
A verse from the Ovada Pattimokkha
We often say that the mind is our ‘sixth sense’. We have many medical professions that care for our five other senses, but who is caring for our minds? We have so many things that clutter up our minds such as social media, advertising, peer pressures etc. that we become unable to think with any degree of clarity. Well, meditation is an antidote to all this. It is a way of calming the mind, of giving it a well-earned rest, and perhaps a bit of a spring clean. It is an opportunity to forget about yesterday’s problems and to release us from tomorrow’s anxieties, and to concentrate on what is most important, the now. It sounds so simple, but we can spend a lifetime trying to perfect it. Hopefully, this is where we can help.
We offer our Introduction to Meditation classes every Saturday from 14:00 to 15:00. Everyone is welcome, and as with everything else at the temple it’s free of charge. It’s not always necessary to book a place, just turn up around 13:45 wearing comfortable clothing, and if you wish stay with us afterwards for a cup of coffee and a chat. The only thing we ask you to bring is a smile