Courses in Meditation and Buddhism

Dhyana_Tapasya_Meditate_2Our courses run for 5 or 6 weeks, on the same day each week, at the new premises of the West London Buddhist Centre in Bayswater: 45a Porchester Road, W2 5DP.  We also have a class in Ealing on Wednesday evenings, see below. In addition we sometimes run mindfulness  courses.

You can start with either a Newcomers’ Meditation and Buddhism or a Newcomers’ Meditation course, and then choose a second level course to supplement your learning and deepen your practice. Once you have done a newcomers’ course (or if you have already learned meditation and are interested in Buddhism) you may like to come to our Tuesday Sangha class and our Friday practice class.

If you are unable to attend one of our meditation courses you can learn meditation at our drop-in classes. These classes are also suitable for those who already know how to meditate and would like the support of meditating with others and the opportunity of talking with a teacher after the class. More information about meditation drop-in classes can be found here


Booking conditions: please note that full payment is required to make your booking. Payments are non transferable but can be refunded up to 5 working days before the course starts (minus £20 cancellation fee).  In the event of the course being cancelled, you will receive a full refund.

Please either click on the ‘Book with Card/PayPal’ button to pay online (you do not need a PayPal account), or write a cheque payable to West London Buddhist Centre and send with your booking request to  :

The West London Buddhist Centre,
45a Porchester Rd,
London W2 5DP,

Please include your name, email and phone number with your booking.

Newcomers’ Meditation Courses

Meditation can change the way we experience our life. Our courses give a solid grounding in the practice of mindfulness and kindness meditation that you will be able to take away and develop in your own time.    Course fees: £95 full waged; £60 part waged; £35 unwaged.  Read more…

6  Monday evenings, 7-9:30 pm, 3 August  – 7 September  led by Tarakarunya and Bodhilila

5  Thursday afternoons 2.30 – 4.30 pm, 3 September  – 1 October  led by Tarakarunya and Mitrananda. Note this is a 5 week course!

6  Monday evenings, 7-9:30 pm, 14 September  – 19 October  led by Tarakarunya.

6  Monday evenings, 7-9:30 pm, 2 November  – 7 December  led by Tarakarunya.

6  Thursday afternoons 2.30 – 4.30 pm, 5 November  – 10 December  led by Tarakarunya and Mitrananda.

Newcomers’ Buddhism and Meditation Courses

Six-week courses teaching simple meditation practices based in mindfulness, and basic Buddhism. Course fees: £95 full waged ; £60 part waged; £35 unwaged.

The next course starts on 2 September, using the life of the Buddha, the man who founded Buddhism 2500 years ago, as a series of lessons in how to live an enlightened life.

6  Wednesday evenings, 7-9:30 pm, 2 September  – 7 October  led by Ratnaprabha.

Exploring Meditation Course

This is a course designed for people who have learned meditation, but would like more input and guidance in order to develop a more creative approach and a deeper experience of meditation practice.  The course will be very experiential, responding to what is happening (or not happening!) in participants meditations. There will be plenty of opportunity to discuss and explore different ways of working in meditation.

Dates to be announced.

Practical Buddhism Course

An evening course led by Ratnaprabha, with Mariangela Toner and Neal Murfitt, intended for you if you already have a grounding in meditation, or have done at least one introductory course. More meditation, and looking at the use of Buddhist teachings in daily life. Benefiting from non-violence, generosity and contentment; finding your most precious values and living from them with integrity; integrating mindfulness and meditation practices into what your days are really like;  cultivating insight into how all experiences, including the flow of ‘selfing’, arise and shift on, opening the ‘doorways to liberation’.  Spiritual community and the WLBC Sangha.  How to use chanting and ritual.
Next course to be announced.

Ealing course and ongoing class

At the Friends Meeting House, 17 Woodville Rd, Ealing, London W5 2SE. All our other courses are at the Buddhist Centre at 45a Porchester Rd, W2 5DP.

These Buddhism and meditation courses are suitable for newcomers as well as those who have attended previous courses.  Mindfulness and other meditation methods.

Wednesday evenings, 7-9:30pm, you can come any week. Led by Jinananda and Munissara. Includes full instruction in meditation. No charge, but a £5-10 donation for room hire costs is very helpful.

Our Ealing classes now have their own website, here.

Upcoming courses

Topic Which day
Starts Finishes
 Ealing  Wednesday eves  ongoing
 Meditation  Monday eves  3 Aug  7 Sept
Buddhism and meditation  Wednesday eves  2 Sept  7 Oct
 Meditation (5-WEEK COURSE)  Thursday afternoons 3 Sept  1 Oct
 Meditation  Monday eves  14 Sept  19 Oct
 Meditation  Monday eves  2 Nov  7 Dec
 Meditation  Thursday afternoons  5 Nov  10 Dec

All courses except the Ealing class are at the West London Buddhist Centre, W2 5DP.