Although individual classes may vary according to the material being studied, most classes include teaching, practice, and interactive discussion. There will be one more meditation sessions in the evening. In total, over a 2-hour class, students will engage in one or two meditation sessions of 10-20 minutes in length. We provide seating: There are plenty of meditation cushions and mats, as well as chairs, at the class, so no need to bring your own unless you have something special you like to sit on.
Bring a notebook. When you practice meditation, you are a scientist studying a fascinating, wild, and mysterious subject: your own mind. No scientist can conduct a proper study of even the simplest animal without some means of recording observations and questions. How much more important this is when that animal is yourself!
Expect to have homework. The objective of the course is to help you develop a meditation practice of your own. This is supported by time spent in class meditating with other people, and by the tips and encouragement offered by me as instructor, certainly, but the hope is that you are going to start or strengthen your own meditation practice, if only for the duration of the course.
Homework, then, consists of attempting to practise on your own at home. You may also be given specific questions that you can only answer for yourself by practising.
Hey, this sounds too much like hard work. Well, yeah, you could look at it that way. It’s like anything else in life: what you get depends on what you put in. You’re thinking about spending your time and money on a meditation class. Why waste both by not bothering to retain the information, or to follow up with your own investigations? On the other hand, if you make a good effort, the rewards (and I speak from experience) are extraordinary.
What to wear: Whatever is comfortable. In some classes you can choose to sit on a cushion on the floor, so if you’re coming to a class like that and would like to sit on the floor, dress accordingly. If people are sitting on the floor I do ask that we all take our shoes off, so if you like your socks to match, this is the day to make sure they do.