Dharmavajra Kadampa Buddhist Centre’s meditation classes are suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators, and everyone is welcome.
Classes usually run for an hour to an hour and a half. Most people sit on chairs but some prefer to sit on the meditation cushions provided. There is no physical exercise involved and any comfortable clothing is suitable.
The classes are usually organised as short courses, from 4 to 8 weeks long. You can attend the whole course or simply drop in whenever you can as each class is self-contained. Or just come along to try a session.
You do not need to book in advance, simply find a meditation class near you and pay when you arrive. If you would like more information or help, please contact us.
The general structure of the classes are:
– Short Buddhist prayers to prepare for meditation
– Simple guided meditation
– Teaching on how to solve problems in daily life
– Another meditation
– Questions & answers
After the class everyone is welcome to stay for light refreshments.
Please use the Classes & Prayers menu above to locate a class near to you.
Advice for Life: 8th Jan – 16th July
The Path to Liberation: 17th Jan – 16th July
Fishguard & Haverfodwest : 14th Feb – 16th July
Other classes: 5th Feb – 16th July
Term breaks (for all classes): 2nd – 6th April; 28th May – 1st June
7pm – 8.15 Advice for Life £5/£3 unwaged
10am – 11am The Bodhisattva Vow * £5/£3 unwaged
1pm – 1.45pm Mindfulness & Meditation Free of charge
7.30pm – 8.00pm Simply Meditate £1
7.30pm – 9.15pm The Path to Liberation * £5/£3 unwaged
THURSDAYS 10am – 11.30am Transform your Life £5/£3 unwaged
7.30pm – 8.00pm Simply Meditate £1
Monday Evenings 7 – 8.15pm Advice for life with Kadam Mike Garside
Tuesday Mornings 10.00 – 11.00am The Bodhisattva Vow with Debs Bence
Tuesday Lunchtime 1 – 1.45pm Meditation & Mindfulness with Kadam Mike Garside
Tuesday Evening 7.30 – 8.00pm Simply Meditate with Paul Johnson
Wednesday Evenings 7.30 – 9.15 pm Path to Liberation with Kadam Mike Garside
Thursday Mornings 10.00 – 11.30 am How to Transform your life with Kadam Mike Garside
Thursday Evenings 7.30pm – 8.00pm Simply Meditate with Lynwen Tregembo
Fishguard Wednesdays 7.30 – 9.00 pm How to Transform your Life with Sue Drennen
Haverfordwest Wednesdays 1.00 – 2.00 pm Living Meditation with Sue Drennen
Llanelli Tuesdays 7.00 – 8.30 pm How to Transform your Life with Malcolm Woodfield
Bridgend Wednesdays 7.30 – 9.00 pm How to transform your life with Mike Bond
Newport (Gwent) Tuesday 6.30 – 7.30 pm How to Transform your Life with Paul Davis
Methyr Tydfil 7.00 – 8.30 pm Tuesdays How to Transform your life with Kadam Mike Garside
To help you decide which classes, courses or retreats are suitable for you, each is marked with a symbol indicating the level:
– Specially for beginners
– Suitable for everyone
– Intermediate – open to everyone but some parts may be difficult for beginners
These are only very rough guides and with the exception of some advanced level retreats, all classes are open to everyone, and even advanced practitioners often find it beneficial to attend beginners classes.
Save money and help the Centre
If you come to the Centre regularly, you might consider paying for your classes by buying one of our three types of Centre Card.
Pay for four classes and come to a fifth class for free. You can also bring a friend who has not been to a class before to any one class for free.
This card is valid for any of the daytime or evening classes in Dharmavajra Centre or any of its branches, but not for day and half day courses, empowerments, Welsh Dharma Celebration or fund-raising events.
Waged £20; Unwaged £12
If you regularly come to more than one class a week this card will save you money, and by ensuring us a regular income help us too.
With the Loyalty Card you can come to any daytime or evening class in the centre or its branches; and to all day or half day courses and retreats in the centre or its branches. For the day courses and retreats lunch is included but other meals and accommodation is not. Empowerments, Welsh Dharma Celebration and fund-raising events are not included.
Waged £25 per month; Unwaged £15 per month
Payment is only by Standing Order and with the intention of continuing for a minimum of 12 months.
This card is intended for those who are doing our Foundation Programme. It includes all the Foundation Programme activities at the Centre as well as everything that is included in the Loyalty Card.
Waged £35 per month; Unwaged £25 per month
These three cards can be purchased at the Centre and in any of its branches, but not online.
For further information please contact the Admin Director on firstname.lastname@example.org
The chanted prayer we do regularly in Dharmavajra Centre is called Liberation from Sorrow and consists of praises and requests to the Twenty-one Taras. Tara is a female Buddha, a manifestation of the ultimate wisdom of all the Buddhas. Each of the Twenty-one Taras is a manifestation of the principal Tara, Green Tara. Tara is also known as the `Mother of the Conquerors’.
Tara is our common mother, our Holy Mother. When we are young we turn to our worldly mother for help. She protects us from immediate dangers, provides us with all our temporal needs, and guides and encourages us in our learning and personal development. In the same way, during our spiritual growth we need to turn to our Holy Mother, Tara, for refuge. She protects us from all internal and external dangers, she provides us with all the necessary conditions for our spiritual training, and she guides us and inspires us with her blessings as we progress along the spiritual path.
Tara means ‘Rescuer’. She is so called because she rescues us from the eight outer fears (the fears of lions, elephants, fire, snakes, thieves, water, bondage, and evil spirits), and from the eight inner fears (the fears of pride, ignorance, anger, jealousy, wrong views, attachment, miserliness, and deluded doubts). Temporarily Tara saves us from the dangers of rebirth in the three lower realms, and ultimately she saves us from the dangers of samsara and solitary peace.
If we rely upon Mother Tara sincerely and with strong faith she will protect us from all obstacles and fulfil all our wishes. Since she is a wisdom Buddha, and since she is a manifestation of the completely purified wind element, Tara is able to help us very quickly. If we recite the twenty-one verses of praise we shall receive inconceivable benefits. These praises are very powerful because they are Sutra, the actual words of Buddha. It is good to recite them as often as we can.
Offering to the Spiritual Guide is a special Guru yoga of Je Tsongkhapa in conjunction with Highest Yoga Tantra. It was compiled by the first Panchen Lama, Losang Chökyi Gyaltsän, as a preliminary practice for Vajrayana Mahamudra. The main practice is relying upon the Spiritual Guide, but it also includes all the essential practices of the stages of the path (Lamrim) and training the mind (Lojong), as well as both the generation stage and completion stage of Highest Yoga Tantra.
The essence of Guru yoga is to develop a strong conviction that our Spiritual Guide is a Buddha, to make prostrations, offerings, and sincere requests to him or her, and then to receive his or her profound blessings. According to the Guru yoga of Offering to the Spiritual Guide, we develop conviction that our Spiritual Guide is the same nature as Je Tsongkhapa, who is an emanation of the Wisdom Buddha Manjushri.
By relying upon Je Tsongkhapa, our compassion, wisdom, and spiritual power naturally increase. In particular, because Je Tsongkhapa is an emanation of the Wisdom Buddha Manjushri, his faithful followers never experience difficulty in increasing their wisdom. There are many other benefits from practising Offering to the Spiritual Guide. These are explained in the book Great Treasury of Merit, which contains a complete commentary to the practice.