Meditation at the London Buddhist Centre

We teach classes for both newcomers to meditation and those with a regular meditation practice. The two main practices we teach are the Mindfulness of Breathing and the Metta Bhavana. These practices focus on developing calmness, integration, positive emotion and insight into our human potential. All the classes listed below run on a drop-in basis (i.e. there is no need to book) and are free, although donations are welcome. 

New to meditation?

Buddhism is a practical path of human development. We use many methods on that path - practising friendship, and cultivating the arts, for example - but one of the most ‘direct’ ways of working on the mind is through meditation. Anyone can come and try meditation, and get a taste of a life of ever-deepening meaning.

You can read or watch more about the two practices we teach here below - but the best way to learn is directly from a teacher, and along with others. So scroll down further to see what classes you might come and try.

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The Mindfulness of Breathing


The Metta Bhavana (the cultivation of loving-kindness)

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Already know the practices?

We also run classes for people who have learned the stages of the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana meditations with us. That’s all you need in order to come to these sessions for regular meditators - to be able to remember the stages of the practices as taught within the Triratna Buddhist Community.

The sessions listed below will give you tips for taking your practice further, and are a good way to stay in touch with others doing the same.

in-person and online meditation classes

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Breaking Free from Fear

Each weekday evening on the Breaking Free course, we’ll be unfolding the mythic story of Padmasambhava. Along with meditation and...

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Breaking Free in Meditation | A workshop with Suryagupta

Start your weekend with a morning of deeper engagement with meditation. Suryagupta will help you to recognise and overcome the...

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Saturday Morning Meditation Class In-person

Join us in person to deepen your capacity to work with your mind and discover the Buddhist attitude to life,...

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Saturday Afternoon Class – Learn to Meditate :In-person

Join us in person to be introduced to one of two meditation practices that cultivate clarity, joy and emotional strength....

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Saturday Afternoon Class – Take Meditation Deeper :In-person

If you’re familiar with the basics of the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana practices, join us in person to...

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Listening, Reflecting and Meditating | A morning of practice

An opportunity to practice together for the whole morning, exploring Padmasamabhava’s pithy and challenging final teaching. There will be readings,...

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Asking for Advice | An international ritual

After reflecting on the Padmasambhava’s teaching this morning, we can act on our inspiration by ritually asking for a teaching....

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Taking up the Guru’s Challenge | Three short talks

In a symposium of three talks Padmadhara, Dayabhadra and Sraddhagita will be drawing out themes from Padmasambhava’s teaching and exploring...

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Festival Day Puja with Mitra Ceremonies

Our week of events draw to a climax with our Padmasambhava day puja. Join in with the ritual and witness...

Morning meditation – Going into depth

An unguided period of meditation with an in-depth course of teaching across the week. For those familiar with the basics...

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Monday Lunchtime Meditation In-person

Join us in person to meditate with others in the LBC shrine room and develop your ability to work creatively...

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Facing the wordly winds – Pleasure & pain | Jayaka

On Monday nights we explore key Buddhist teachings that we can implement in our lives right now. At the moment...

Morning meditation – Going into depth

An unguided period of meditation with an in-depth course of teaching across the week. For those familiar with the basics...

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Tuesday Lunchtime Meditation In-person

Join us in person to meditate with others in the LBC shrine room and develop your ability to work creatively...

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Looking into the mirror | Jnanadaya

In a two-part series, our Tuesday night meditation class is looking at the Tibetan Wheel of Life and discovering what...

Morning meditation – Going into depth

An unguided period of meditation with an in-depth course of teaching across the week. For those familiar with the basics...

Wednesday Daytime Class Online

The Wednesday Daytime class returns with weekly classes via Zoom. The class will involve meditation, discussion groups and a series...

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Wednesday Lunchtime Meditation In-person

  Join us in person to meditate with others in the LBC shrine room and develop your ability to work...

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Transforming negativity | Amalayodhin

When we sit down to meditate, the first things we often face are not, sadly, stillness and bliss, but the...

Morning meditation – Going into depth

An unguided period of meditation with an in-depth course of teaching across the week. For those familiar with the basics...

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Thursday Lunchtime Meditation In-person

Join us in person to meditate with others in the LBC shrine room and develop your ability to work creatively...

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Naropa – The Prince who became a tantric master | Priyavajra

On Thursday evenings we’re telling stories from the Buddhist tradition. Come and be inspired by the example of great practitioners...

Morning meditation – Going into depth

An unguided period of meditation with an in-depth course of teaching across the week. For those familiar with the basics...

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Friday Lunchtime Meditation In-person

Join us in person to meditate with others in the LBC shrine room and develop your ability to work creatively...

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Avalokiteshvara – The many arms of compassion | Maitreyaraja

We finish the week with an evening of ritual and meditation, meeting the ideal of human potential in the imagination....

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Saturday Morning Meditation Class In-person

Join us in person to deepen your capacity to work with your mind and discover the Buddhist attitude to life,...

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Saturday Afternoon Class – Learn to Meditate :In-person

Join us in person to be introduced to one of two meditation practices that cultivate clarity, joy and emotional strength....

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Saturday Afternoon Class – Take Meditation Deeper :In-person

If you’re familiar with the basics of the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana practices, join us in person to...

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