Edinburgh Meditation Classes

New drop-in meditation classes with instruction for beginners. No booking, just come along on April 1st, 8th and 15th, £5 per class.
7.30pm to 9.15pm at Healthy Life Centre, 35-37 Bread Street.

“There’s no need to be intimidated by it because the basis of meditation is actually very simple. Everyone can meditate. You can do it, almost anywhere, at any time.” Sogyal Rinpoche (2014)

New course, Cultivating Compassion, starts 22 April 2015

Book your place: Sign up for our new course by entering your details on the right of this page. We’ll send you a handy reminder a few days before the course starts.

When: The course consists of 9 classes delivered over 10 weeks from April to June. Classes are  on Wednesdays 7.30pm – 9.15pm. Dates are 22/04, 29/04, 6/05, 13/05, 20/05. Mid-course break is on 27/05. Then classes continue on 3/06, 10/06, 17/06 and 24/06.

Where: Healthy Life Centre, 35 Bread Street Edinburgh EH3 9AL.

Instructors : The course will be lead by very experienced instructors, Gavin, Mary and Andrew, who have all participated in training sessions with Maureen Cooper.

Cost for Full 9 week course: £45 (£40 conc.) payable in Week 1. Free tea and biscuits.

A complete, full overview of the course is on the Compassion Course page. Below is a short introduction to the main themes. Please get in touch if you want any further information: rigpa@rigpaedinburgh.com

—Compassion is not just for ‘the other’, at our expense. We are the ones
who benefit most from cultivating compassion. Cultivating compassion
is being ‘wisely selfish’.
—Happiness and suffering ultimately depend upon our mind and so we
have a choice. We can change our mind.
—We all have the same potential, the seed of compassion within us.
Fundamentally, we all have a limitless resource of love and compassion.
However, we do not always act as compassionately as we would like.
There are many reasons for this and this course explores ways of
overcoming these blocks.
—Training in compassion first involves coming to know our own mind
and settling our mind through meditation.
—We cultivate compassion by first igniting a natural feeling for someone
who is close to us, and then gradually widening our concern to include
other people we care for, people we do not know and even those we
don’t like.
—Ultimately we aim to cultivate an unbiased compassion
—Fundamentally, the cause of all our suffering is our excessive selfcentredness and over-identification with ‘me’. The practices of compassion, and in particular the practice of tonglen, begin to wear down this selfish attitude.