Buddhism is a religious practice that’s over 2,500 years old and originates in Nepal and focuses on spiritual development. Buddhists believe that nothing is fixed or permanent, that change is always possible.
Teachings are centred around the three ‘truths’ of existence – impermanence, suffering and uncertainty. By developing an awareness of these beliefs and truths it’s possible to ascertain enlightenment mediated through meditation, reflection, wisdom and mortality.
Moreover, Buddhists believe that life is endless because you are re-incarnated again and again, living many different lives, which serves up the opportunity to learn new lessons in each life, built on your wisdom and spirituality.
What are the benefits of Buddhism?
The benefits of Buddhism are associated with enlightenment – a state in which you achieve perfect clarity, vision and awareness, so you have a full understanding about yourself, the people that surround your life, and a deeper understanding of life itself.
The meditations that are practised have a positive effect on the mind and emotions, helping to release stress and anxiety. Buddhism also embraces the concept of karma in that your past and present actions generate future positive or negative experiences.
This reap-what-you-sow philosophy motivates actions of compassion, generosity, kindness, sympathy, selflessness, and mindfulness.
What does a typical Buddhist mediation class look like?
Buddhist meditation classes offer simple, practical methods to improve your quality of life and develop inner peace. Most Buddhist meditation classes begin with a guided breathing meditation to help you relax. This is followed by a second meditation which is also a guided meditation but one the follows a specific ‘teaching’.
At the end you often get the chance to discuss with the class what you experienced during your meditation, and the teacher can help interpret your experience and provide insightful information to help you resolve any current life challenges, issues or difficulties that relate to the teaching of the meditation.
How do I find a Buddhist meditation class that suits me?
There are plenty of books and online resources to help you build your knowledge of Buddhism. There are also online meditation classes that you can sign-up to which are easy to do as you can build these into your own schedule and run them in your own home.
However, there is undoubtedly a great deal of benefit from joining a local Buddhist group or going to a series of meditation classes at your local Buddhist centre.
Classes help you gain a deeper level of guidance during the meditations from a Buddhist monk, help develop your spirituality and encourage you to join a community of like-minded people.