Timetable & Classes

Esoteric Buddhist Meditation Classes/Courses & Timetable at Leigh Buddhist Community

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MahaAmita Temple (Opposite Chalkwell Park)
815 London Road
SS0 9SY
Tel: 01702 808760


Weekly Drop in Classes:

  • Drop-in Meditation Tuesday – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm – £8
  • Drop-in Meditation Wednesday – 10:00 am – 11:00 am – £8
  • Drop-in Meditation Thursday – 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm – £10 (CLASS ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)
  • Drop-in Meditation Saturday – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm – £8
  • Childrens’ Meditation Class – Saturday – 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm – £3
  • Weekly Dharma talk with Zanze Pandit
    Every Saturday – 10:00am – 11:00 am  Free (although donations gratefully received)

  • Mindfulness Meditation Course
    New 4 week Course Begins Monday 6th November – 7:00 pm- 8:30 pm
    Dana £72

  • You must book as spaces are limited.  Contact Jo to book
    Includes tea and coffee, handouts and homework and an empowered meditation CD


  • Spiritual Healing
  • Every Thursday & Sunday at 11am
    Whether you’re healthy or suffering from physical, emotional, or spiritual blocks you can receive this free ancient healing technique.  Similar to Reiki, you sit quietly, upright with your eyes closed and palms facing up, resting on your lap – £ – Please make a donation


  • One to one Spiritual Counselling.   Have something that you want to talk about in confidence?  Call Jo to arrange.  Dana – on a sliding scale

  • Temple Timetable:
  • Daily – 6:30 am – Morning Chanting for the Temple Space and Community
  • Daily – 7:15 am – Morning Meditation practice for Students
  • Every Full Moon & New Moon (see calendar) – 5:30 pm – Assist the Deceased Dharma Rite.  Experience the benefit of praying for your ancestors and loved ones who have passed away. Temple practitioners chant Buddhist mantras for your predecessors and for all sentient beings. Duration: 45 minutes

Meditation is a 2,500 year old practice of quietening the mind to enable us to have access to who we truly are.   It does not need to be a religious practice, you could make it a practice of time for yourself, outside the ‘doing’ world of your day. Many people believe they can’t meditate because they can’t stop their thoughts.  Meditation is not about stopping thoughts. Meditation is about observing your thoughts; recognising the thought patterns, whether they are negative, judgemental etc. and then taking a step back.Become aware of your thoughts; not just in your meditation practice but in your daily life.  Recognise them as just thoughts and release your attachment to them.  Our thoughts are only our perspective, and there are as many perspectives in the world as there are people.There are many benefits to meditation, including:

  • reduced stress, anxiety and depression
  • feeling a sense of purpose
  • feeling of fulfilment in life
  • clarity, peace of mind and joy
  • less reactive more responsive to situations
  • balance through connecting mind, body and spirit

The way we tend to live our lives is generally in the past or in the future.  Worrying about the future can bring about anxiety.  Dwelling on the past can bring about depression. We need to be in the now.  Stop and check yourself.  Where are you?

It takes commitment and support to bring about change through meditation.   It’s a discipline.  If you want to be successful and make great changes, you need to cultivate your discipline.  However, there needs to be a balance, a lightness of touch, so you are not just sitting down every day at the same time and going though the motions, but entering into each meditation fully, opening to change.

 
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