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Rianos Maidstone Functions Venue, 33 Tonbridge Road, Maidstone,
ME16 8RX


Blocks of 3 weeks £30 each

Mind Training for Troubled Times

~According to the legendary Eight Verses of Training the Mind ~

 9-Week Meditation Course with KMC Kent Resident Teacher James Baskerville

It’s no secret that we are living in troubled times. So is it actually possible to find peace and happiness whilst facing many uncertain and challenging conditions? Thankfully the answer to this is Yes. In fact, if we want to be of benefit to ourselves and others, it is essential that we train in authentic happiness. For this express purpose, Buddha presented a special set of practices known as ‘training the mind”. These meditations are especially powerful in these spiritually challenging times. The heart of the practice is learning to transform adverse conditions into our spiritual training, responding to difficulties with a special wisdom and skill so that we let go of our self-centred, small-minded, fearful mind. Instead, we open our heart with love and compassion and in this way learn to live confidently and fearlessly. 

Based on the thousand year old famous Buddhist poem, Eight Verses of Training the Mind, in this course experienced Buddhist Teacher James Baskerville, will take us on step-by-step journey to ever-expanding horizons and experiences of authentic, peaceful and stable happiness. 

About the course: this 6 week course aim to teach effective, meditation-based solutions to everyday problems taken from the Kadampa Buddhist tradition and classes are held in The Pavillon Room at the beautiful Rianos Functions Venue.


Wed 2, 9 & 16 Nov

(1 week break)

Wed 30 Nov, 7 & 14 Dec

7pm – 8:30p

3 week blocks for £30 each





Please note: Online Booking & Payment prior the start of the course 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 Tuesday Evening Class is led by KMC Kent Resident Teacher James Baskerville


The Tuesday Evening Class is led by KMC Kent Resident Teacher James Baskerville


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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