Why we Need a Spiritual Guide?

A Day Meditation Event in West Malling

Saturday 22 June | 10am – 5pm

Booking Online Required – Limited Capacity

In general we acknowledge the need for a teacher in order to learn a new skill, or a therapist to help us with our issues. But many people hesitate when it comes to recognising the need for a spiritual guide.

How important is it in our study and practice of Buddha’s teachings that we identify and follow the guidance of a spiritual guide? Understanding its importance, how do we recognise who is a valid spiritual guide for us? How can we develop that relationship and how can we ensure that it is authentic, healthy and truly nurturing of our extraordinary inner potential.

The spiritual path is one that will definitely take us into some unfamiliar terrain within our own mind. This terrain is fascinating, sometimes challenging, and ultimately transcendent, eventually culminating in full enlightenment for the benefit of all. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have someone who has already taken this journey give us guidance along the way?

In this day course James will delve into the purpose and qualifications of a spiritual guide, and will guide meditations on how to rely with wisdom and maturity on a qualified spiritual guide. Sharing stories from practitioners of the past, as well as reflections on his own spiritual guide, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, James will help us to appreciate and deepen our experience of this most meaningful relationship.

“Reliance upon a Spiritual Guide is called the ‘root of the path’ because all other spiritual realizations of Sutra and Tantra depend upon it. The many branches and fruits of our Dharma practice are sustained and nourished by the root of reliance upon our Spiritual Guide.” -Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche


The Teacher

This meditation course will be led by James Baskerville, the Resident Teacher at KMC Kent.

James has been practising and teaching Kadampa Buddhism for over twenty years and has engaged in extensive meditation retreats, including silent retreat. He is especially known for his clarity, humour and inspirational presentation of Buddha’s teachings.



Saturday 22 June


10am - 5pm


£45 | £35 conc
£10 for Members



St Benedict’s Centre, 52 Swan Street, West Malling
ME19 6JX






Registration | 09.45am

Session 1 | 10.00am – 11.15am

Break | 11.15am – 11.45am

Session 2 | 11.45am – 1.00pm

Lunch | 1.00pm – 2.30pm

Session 2 & 3 | 2.30pm – 5.00pm

Cost & Booking

Online Booking Required ! Limited Capacity. 

Please note: Booking & Payment PRIOR the start of the course only.



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.

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.

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