Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I have to be a Buddhist to benefit from meditation?
No. Anyone can learn basic meditation and experience the benefits that come from having a peaceful mind. Buddhists try to respect all people and are happy to help anyone regardless of whether they subscribe to another faith, or to none.
- Do I need to have experience in meditation or Buddhism to attend the classes?
No. All you need is the wish to improve yourself and the quality of your life.
- What do I need to bring to class?
Nothing in particular, however if you wish to take notes bring a pen and notepad. After each class you are welcome to stay back for refreshments.
- How should I dress for class?
No particular clothing is required however, comfortable is best. At our Centre in Wamberal, we ask that everyone remove their shoes before entering the Gompa (meditation room), which contains a shrine. The room is carpeted. For our branch classes that run off-site, it is not necessary to remove your shoes.
- Do I have to sit on a cushion on the floor?
For classes at our Centre in Wamberal, we offer both cushions and chairs. For our branch classes that run off-site, we can only offer chairs however, you may bring your own meditation cushion.
- What is the cost of the General Program drop-in classes?
Our daytime classes run for 1 hour and the cost is $8 or $6 concession. Our evening classes run for 1.5 hours and the cost is $12 or $10 concession. We offer Centre Membership, which allow for unlimited classes and day courses at a fixed monthly cost. As a non-profit organisation, all class and membership fees go towards supporting the Centre and it’s branch classes.