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Wednesday evenings

7.30pm - 8.45pm (followed by optional informal discussion over a cup of tea)


Wed 14, 21, 28 June, 5, 12, & 19 July


Friends Meeting House, 6 The Friars, Canterbury


Free for Members I 6 week series: £45
Per class: £10

How to create happiness, Not suffering:
Buddhist wisdom for DAILY LIVING

Drop-in meditation classes for developing a daily Buddhist Practice for everyone with Buddhist Teacher Chelvi 

“If you have only effort you have all attainments, but if you have only laziness you have nothing.” – Buddha

We all want to be happy all the time, and we never want to suffer. Unfortunately, we create a lot of unnecessary suffering for ourselves and others. We need to understand more clearly how to create happiness, not suffering.

These classes based on Geshe Kelsang’s extraordinary book How to Transform Your Life, will teach you how to recognise and abandon states of mind that harm us and replace them with peaceful beneficial states. By meditating on these practices, our happiness will become more stable and powerful.

Recommended reading: How to Transform Your Life by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Available in our shop, or free download here – https://tharpa.com/us/how-to-transform-your-life-us.html


June 14: Bringing magic to the mundane

June 21:The power not to harm

June 28: How to control our uncontrolled desire and instead cultivate wisdom desire

July 5: Love without Pain

July 12: Developing and maintain a light and positive mind

July 19: Overcoming spiritual laziness with joy

Based on book ‘How To Transform Your Life’, by Internationally renown Buddhist Master Geshe Kelsang Gyatso,   on this course you will learn how to integrate Buddhist teachings on training the mind into your daily life so that you can live with a greater sense of joy, meaning and purpose.

The course will have a combination of guided meditations, Buddhist teachings and discussion.

Class lasts for 1 hour and 15 mins. They are suitable for complete beginners and those with more experience of meditation. Light refreshments will be served before or after the class.

About this series: These series of classes aim to teach effective, meditation-based solutions to everyday problems taken from the Kadampa Buddhist tradition. The classes are held at the Friends Meeting House (next to the Marlow Theatre) in Canterbury.


Wednesday 14, 21, 28 June, 5, 12, 19 July

  7:30pm – 8:45pm


Please note: Online Booking & Payment prior the start of the class only.

Class Format

What to Expect

Guided Meditation

Each class begins with guided breathing meditation to help let go of distractions and settle the mind into an experience of inner peace.

Buddhist Teaching

The teacher will then give practical advice, based on the topic of the class, explaining how we can integrate Buddha's timeless wisdom into our busy daily lives.


The class will conclude with a second guided meditation to help us take the teaching to heart. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions.


The Wednesday Evening Class is led by Buddhist Teacher Chelvi Mailvaganan


The Wednesday Evening Class is led by Kadampa Buddhist teacher, Chelvi Mailvaganan.


We are a registered charity run entirely by volunteers, no-one receives a salary. The funds we receive are used to pay for our venues and operating expenses. Although we charge for classes we also offer low-income rates and no one will ever be turned away for lack of funds.

Our classes are for everyone who is interested in learning how to meditate, regardless of background or belief. They are designed to give a broad introduction to Buddhist meditation, teachings, and practice. Everyone is invited to use whichever aspects of the teachings they find helpful.

No. Anyone can learn basic meditation and experience the benefits that come from having a peaceful mind.

No. Everyone is welcome, including beginners. All you need is the wish to improve yourself and the quality of your life.

No special clothing is required, come as you are.

No. The classes focus on meditation and teachings alone. You can choose to sit on a chair or meditation cushion.


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