What’s right for me?
Jamyang offers a lot and it can be difficult to know where to start and how to continue.
Unless we specifically say differently in the detail about a particular event or course, all events at Jamyang can be attended on a drop in basis and require no ongoing commitment.
General exceptions to this would be things like restricted teachings on tantra and restricted tantra retreats, as well as some ordinary retreats and some corses like the Foundation of Buddhist Thought course.
So we offer the following short guide to the meditation and Buddhism parts of our programmes .
If you are new to meditation we suggest you come along to the Introduction to Meditation on the first or second Monday of each programme and come to the Meditation for Beginners events one Thursday evening a month. If you can only come in the day please try the Midday Meditation and Relaxation sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays. Once you have a taste then go along to the Buddhist meditation evenings on Mondays or the Silent Meditation evenings on Thursdays.
If you are not so new to meditation or already have a practice and want to develop that then we suggest coming along to the Silent meditation evenings on Thursdays and the Buddhist Meditation evenings on Mondays. Also check out the programme for special events such as meditation practice days, weekend retreats and short weekday evening courses on loving kindnes etc.
If you are completely new to Buddhism, and Tibetan Buddhism in particular, then we suggest you come along to Geshe Tashi's Wednesday evening talks, his summer teachings and retreat on the graded path to enlightenment or any event advertised as Introductory Level.
If you are relatively new to Buddhism we suggest you come to Geshe Tashi's Wednesday evenings, any of his weekend events, his summer teachings and retreat on the graded path to enlightenment and any of his weekend events unless they are specially marked as restricted. Please also look out for Diascovering Buddhism modules in the programme.
If you are settled in your Tibetan Buddhist practice we suggest you come to Geshe Tashi's Tuesday evenings, attend his retreats. Maybe consider enriching your understanding by taking one of the FPMT Foundation level courses or their equivalent, either on site here or on line.
If you are coming to Jamyang to relax and let go of the stresses and strains of everyday life our Community programme offers a wide range of regular complementary health and spirituality activities such as our Midday Meditation and Relaxation, Chi Kung, Tai Chi, Yoga and Massage programmes. And don't forget that having a quiet drink or meal in our Courtyard Cafe and Garden, or a quiet time in our smaller temple or in the library, can give you back the mental space you need to get on with the day.
If you like what we are doing and want to get involved in our diverse Community don't forget that volunteering is a great way to get know the people who come to the Centre and to help spread a little happiness in the world. Check out the volunteering links of the drop down menus on the home page.