London Buddhist Centre

Posted on April 16, 2009

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I had a great session yesterday morning at the London Buddhist Centre in Bethnal Green.

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My visits to the centre tend be quite infrequent. Stupidly I treat meditation a bit like going to the dentist; I wait until things get really really bad before scheduling an appointment rather than going for regular visits.

Yesterday was probably the first time in a month but it was such great timing as the centre had literally just finished being refurbished after what seemed like an age and a half.

London Buddhist Centre

The results, as you can see, are impressive. The feel of freshly laid carpet beneath your socked feet was  a delight!

The day before my class there had been a big funeral at the centre for one of the teachers who I remember as a friendly, gregarious chap who always took time out to chat with and reassure new visitors.

London Buddhist Centre

He died of a heart attack but during his life he spent of lot of time running a group for carers showing them how to use meditation as a release. So it was really touching that an older lady, who knew him and participated in his classes, to come along to the centre to pay her last respects to him during the meditation class.

It was beautiful, and such a pertinent reminder of the brevity of life and the imminence of death. It gave an insightful context to my meditation.

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