Frequently Asked Questions: Meditation

Meditation is suitable for anyone, regardless of his or her beliefs. However if you have mental health problems or are on medication for mental health reasons it is important that you enquire about the suitability of the practices for you before attending. Our Buddhism courses explore the Buddhist context of meditation.

There are three ways to begin learning to meditate at the Cambridge Buddhist Centre:

Learn to Meditate Courses

This is the most thorough way to learn meditation. The course consists of two 6 week modules, held every Monday evening:
Introduction to Meditation is suitable for complete newcomers, and teaches two meditations, the mindfulness of breathing and the 'Metta Bhavana' or cultivation of loving kindness. Learn to Meditate: Part 2 is taken after the introduction as a way to deepen and expand your practice and to support you in your ongoing practice of meditation.

Drop-in classes

Our Meditation Drop-in classes run throughout the year, and are a great way to have a taste of meditation. Two meditations are taught on alternate weeks. There is no need to book for any of our Drop-in classes. Drop-in classes are on Thursday evenings and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday lunchtimes. From the end of September 2018 we will also have Saturday morning drop-in classes.

How to Meditate Days

How to Meditate days are a great option if you cannot make an evening course. They provide a full introduction to the two meditation practices we teach - the mindfulness of breathing and the 'Metta Bhavana' or cultivation of loving kindness - as well as guidance on posture and a set of handouts for home Meditation FAQs use.


No need to bring anything, just wear loose comfortable clothes. We provide the rest.

Our aim is to make meditation and Buddhism available to everyone, regardless of their financial circumstances. Our Drop-In classes are on a donations basis and If you are unable to pay the concessionary rate for our meditation or Buddhism courses or retreats, please do contact us: or 01223 577553. 

We are not usually able to offer reductions below the concessionary rate on Yoga, Tai Chi or Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.