No. Everybody is welcome to attend our classes, including beginners.
No particular clothing is required, just something that is comfortable to wear.
At our Centre in East Fremantle most people sit in chairs but we do have a limited number of cushions on the floor. All our other drop-in class locations only have chairs.
You do not need to bring anything but if you’d like to take notes bring a notepad and a pen.
No. We present Buddha’s teachings in a way that is accessible to everyone.
We have EFTPOS facilities available at our East Fremantle Centre but at the moment we can only accept cash payment at our other venues.
Our weekly meditation classes are run on a drop-in basis so you do not need to book in advance.
Yes, all meals and refreshments supplied at our courses are vegetarian.
There is no set time of the day that is better for meditation as it depends upon the individual. Some people find that they have a clearer mind at the start of the day and prefer meditating in the morning. Others prefer to meditate in the evening to unwind after their day, but you can also meditate at any point throughout the day. Once we find a time of day that is best for us it is useful to have a routine of trying to meditate at the same time each day. This will help to keep our meditation practice regular and consistent.
We do not have to meditate for a long period of time each day to experience its benefits. Just by doing meditation for 5-15 minutes each day we will be able to reduce feelings of stress and tension, cultivate positive states of mind and overcome negative ones.
Sitting with our legs crossed in meditation is a traditional posture that helps to keep our mind focused during our meditation session but it is not necessary to sit cross-legged on the floor. You can do your meditation practice sitting in a chair. The most important feature of the meditation posture is to make our back straight but not tense. Keeping our back straight will prevent our mind from becoming sluggish or sleepy.
No. We should always be focusing on something in meditation, this is called our object of meditation. We can prepare our mind for meditation by focusing on a neutral object such as the breath, but actual meditation involves focusing on and familiarising our mind with a virtuous object. A virtuous object is an object that causes us to develop a peaceful, happy mind when we concentrate on it; such as love or compassion. By familiarising our mind with these objects inside meditation we will gradually learn to develop and maintain a positive and happy mind outside of meditation. We will notice over a period of time that our mind starts to change on a deeper level, and that peaceful ways of thinking will come entirely naturally.
Because meditation is a training of the mind it is better to remove external distractions, such as music so that we are able to focus more clearly on the inner development of transforming and changing our mind.
Getting our mind completely still and distraction-free requires practise, patience and familiarity. It is very common for distractions to arise in meditation. During the meditation session we can practise reducing mental busy-ness by returning our mind back to our main object of meditation whenever we notice it has become distracted. Outside of meditation we can train in reducing our daily distractions so that when we sit down to meditate we notice that our mind is naturally more calm and clear.