Frequently Asked Questions
Is it okay to attend if I’ve not meditated before?
Yes, but we recommend that you try to meditate at home by yourself first so that you have some idea of what to expect. For a helpful introduction, see BBC Learning: Why do Buddhists Meditate?, and this guide to postures for meditation. For walking meditation, this article from Tricycle magazine is useful.
Is it okay to attend if I don’t know much about Buddhism?
Yes, all are welcome. If you'd like to learn more, there is an opportunity to chat with others before meditation begins. At our indoor meetings, we have a selection of books to borrow - please also see our recommended reading page.
Do I need to come every week?
No. There is no commitment expected of anyone.
Do I need to keep perfectly still and quiet through the whole session?
No. If you need to move during a sitting meditation session, then please do so. No one will mind if you need to get up and stretch your legs, or sneeze, or adjust your clothing. Likewise, if you want to stop during the walking meditation, just take a seat.
What happens if I find the sitting meditation too long?
Just open your eyes and make yourself comfortable. It is better to meditate for a small amount of time, than to not attempt meditation at all. If you do not want to stay for the whole meeting then you are welcome to leave at the end of a meditation session, or any time.
Do I need to bring my own meditation cushion?
At our indoor meetings we have meditation cushions or chairs you can use. (You can bring your own cushion if you prefer!)
For outdoor meetings, you will need to bring any equipment you would like to use if you wish to join us for the sitting meditation.
Do I have to pay anything?
No. The meetings are free to attend. However, we depend on generosity. At indoor meetings there is a small bowl for donations on the book table; if you are able to give £3 (or whatever you can afford) it will help to ensure that the group can continue to run.