Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced practitioner, you will find a variety of classes from easy to learn meditation to regular in-depth study of Buddhist Wisdom. Below are details of the courses, workshops and retreats coming up. We look forward to seeing you.

Kelsang Opel, Resident Teacher

Akanishta Centre has been established in Whaddon Lodge for five years and has already attracted a growing number of people from all walks of life from the local community who come to find out about the practical benefits of meditation and Buddhism.Just 10 minutes walk from Cheltenham Town Centre, 

Akanishta Centre serves as a special place of peace and refuge in the heart of the Cotswolds.  Located in a tranquil setting near Pitville Park, the Centre offers a wide range of classes, courses and retreats on Meditation and Buddhism for all levels from complete beginners to more experienced meditators.

Everyone is very welcome, you don’t need to be a Buddhist to attend or visit the Centre. Our aim is to provide a peaceful environment and help people find inner peace, through meditation and the practical advice Buddha taught to help people with everyday life.

How to meditate

How to be happy

Benefits of meditation

Meditation is a way of calming the mind, making us more peaceful, balanced and focused in our busy daily lives.
Ultimately, it enables us to awaken our vast spiritual potential and find lasting joy and contentment.
more here
What is Meditation?
Buddhism is a path of individual transformation. It teaches us to look within ourselves for the peace and happiness we seek. By developing a more positive outlook and especially by deepening our wisdom and compassion, we improve the quality of our life and gain greater power to help others.
more here
What is Buddhism?

Solutions to the challenges of modern life

Buddhism for Beginners

Saturday 30th January

Start the Year with a different perspective.
How to integrate the Buddhas teachings into modern life, helping to solve the day to day challenges we all face.
With Buddhist Nun Kelsang Opel.

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Medicine Buddha Practice

Saturday 6th February

Start the Year with a different perspective.
When the world is pervaded entirely by problems and dangers due to uncontrolled minds and inappropriate actions, one of the most important practices is that of Medicine Buddha.
With Buddhist Nun Kelsang Opel.

350

Appreciating our life

Saturday 13th February

Learning to be content and happy.
By appreciating our extraordinary good fortune to have a precious human life, we can use the wisdom of the Buddha and learn to appreciate the opportunities we have and can begin to enjoy a meaningful and more peaceful life.

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Classes in Modern Buddhism

Cultivate a peaceful mind so you can be happy
all the time.
Create harmony and good relationships with
others.
Gain strength of mind and make your life
meaningful.

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Mondays 7.30pm – 9pm
with Buddhist Nun Kelsang Opel
Venue: Akanishta Centre, Whaddon Lodge, 59 Whaddon Road, 
Cheltenham, GL52 5NE map
£6 (£4 Conc)
Classes are drop in and self-contained, you can start attending at any point in the term, no previous experience is necessary. Everyone is welcome.
2016 Term Dates
18 January – 21 March
4 April – 23 May
6 June – 18 July
Classes are practical and include guided meditations and a short teaching.
Mondays 7.30pm – 9pm
with Barbara Kennedy
Venue: Friends Meeting House, 53 Thomas Street, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 2BA
£6 or (£4 Conc)
Classes are drop in and self contained, you can start attending at any point no previous experience is needed. Everyone is welcome.
2016 Term Dates
18 January – 21 March
4 April – 23 May
6 June – 18 July
Classes are practical and include guided meditations and a short teaching.
Tuesdays 10.30am – 12pm
with Buddhist Nun Kelsang Opel
Venue: Akanishta Centre, Whaddon Lodge, 59 Whaddon Road,
Cheltenham, GL52 5NE
£6 or (£4 Conc)
Classes are drop in and self contained, you can start attending at any point, no previous experience necessary. Everyone is welcome.
2016 Term Dates
19 January – 22 March
5 April – 24 May
7 June – 19 July
Classes are practical and include guided meditations and a short teaching.
Tuesdays 7.30pm – 9pm

with Buddhist Nun Kelsang Opel
Venue: Pershore Town Hall, 34 High Street,
Pershore, WR10 1DS
£6 or (£4 Conc)
Classes are drop in and self contained, you can start attending at any point no previous experience needed. Everyone is wlecome.
2016 Term Dates – Classes start in March
1st March – 22nd March
5 April – 24 May

Classes are practical and include guided meditations and a short teaching.

Tuesdays 7.30pm – 9pm

with Matthew Lees

Venue: Barnwood Reading Room, 146 Barnwood Road,
Gloucester GL4 3JT

£6 or (£4 Conc)

Classes are drop in and self contained and you can start attending at any point no previous experience is needed. Everyone

2016 Term Dates

19 January – 22 March
5 April – 24 May
7 June – 19 July

Classes are practical and include guided meditations and a short teaching.

Below is some online information on Buddhism and Meditation. Previous reading or experience is not necessary for attending these classes.

How to Meditate
On this website you can learn the basics of Buddhist meditation.

Introductory Videos
Video teachings on Meditation and Buddhism

About Buddhism
Information on Buddhism to help you gain a basic understanding of this ancient religion and philosophy

About Buddha
About Dharma
About Meditation
About Tantra
About Reincarnation
Anger Management Techniques
Find Happiness
About Buddhists
Death and Dying
Dealing with Fear
Find Peace of Mind
Learn Meditation Techniques

Thursdays 7.30pm – 9pm

with Max Watkins

VenueAkanishta Centre, Whaddon Lodge, 59 Whaddon Road,
Cheltenham, GL52 5NE

£6 or (£4 Conc)

These classes are drop in and self contained, you can start attending at any point, no previous experience is needed. Everyone is welcome

2016 Term Dates

21 January – 24 March
7 April – 26 May
9 June – 21 July

Classes are practical and include guided meditations and a short teaching.

Thursday; 7.30pm to 9pm

with Guy Fforde

Venue: The Exchange, Brick Row
Stroud, GL5 1DF

£6 (£4 Conc)

These classes are drop in and self contained, you can start attending at any point, no previous experience is needed. Everyone is welcome.

2016 Term Dates

28 January – 24 March
7 April – 26 May
9 June – 21 July

Classes are practical and include guided meditations and a short teaching.

Highlights January – June 2016

12th March Heart Sutra Practice

heart sutra practice retreat

Life is but a dream, profound teachings.

19th March Magic of Mindfulness

magic of mindfulness

Cultivate joy, peace and wellbeing in daily life.

7th May Treasury of Compassion

treasury of compassion

Develop an inner wealth of Compassion.

Further Study Sunday mornings

8 steps to happinessFoundation Programme.
A weekly programme offering an opportunity to study, in depth.
With Resident teacher Kelsang Opel.
For more information click here or use the contact form.

Further Study Wednesday Evenings

joyful pathFoundation Programme.
A weekly programme offering an opportunity to study, in depth.
With Resident teacher Kelsang Opel.
For more information click here or use the contact form.

Morning Courses – Day Courses – Retreats 2016

Morning Courses 2016

Morning meditation courses are suitable for everyone. It is not necessary to have previous experience to attend. Please feel free to arrive from 10am to enjoy refreshments. There is free parking available at the back of the centre.

The suggested contribution for morning courses is £14 or £10 concessions. Refreshments are provided during the morning. 

Day Meditation Retreats 2016

Day meditation retreats are suitable for everyoneIt is not necessary to have previous experience to attend. Please feel free to arrive from 9am to enjoy refreshments. There is free parking available at the back of the Centre.

The suggested contribution for the day retreats are £14 or £10 concessions. Refreshments and brunch is provided during the day. Click, Book Now or email;info@meditationincheltenham.org.uk

These short retreat days 9.30am to 2.30pm are an ideal opportunity to learn about meditation and retreat. The sessions are guided and in the context of a different practice each time. Enjoy the peaceful environment of Akanishta Centre and the inner peace of meditation.   

Each day is structured as follows;
First Session: 9.30am
Second Session: 11.30am
Third Session: 1.30pm
At 3pm we will engage in Wishfulfilling Jewel a daily practice of the New Kadampa Tradition, you are welcome to join us.   
 

Day Meditation Courses 2016

Day meditation courses are suitable for everyone. It is not necessary to have previous experience to attend. Please feel free to arrive from 10am to enjoy refreshments. There is free parking available at the back of the centre.

The suggested contribution for day courses are £24 or £17 concessions. Refreshments and a vegetarian lunch is provided. If possible please book in advance to help planning of meals.

Longer Retreats 2016

Longer Retreats, at Akanishta Centre, Cheltenham, and at other locations can be extremely beneficial, not just to our formal practice, but can impact positively on our daily experiences.

Please follow the links on the right to view current retreats.

Events Pages

Room available at Akanishta Centre
A wonderful opportunity to join our dedicated and caring community of residents.

There are presently opportunities to join this established and growing centre. With a friendly community and peaceful environment we are within walking distance of Cheltenham town centre and surrounded by the beautiful Cotswold countyside.

If you would like to find out more please contact the centre on 01242 269807 or email admin@meditationincheltenham.org.uk

About Buddhism

Buddha and Buddhism

The founder of Buddhism in this world was Buddha Shakyamuni who lived and taught in India some two and a half thousand years ago. Since then millions of people around the world have followed the pure spiritual path he revealed.

Buddha explained that all our problems and suffering arise from confused and negative states of mind, and all our happiness and good fortune arise from peaceful and positive states of mind.

Lasting peace and happiness

Buddha taught methods for gradually overcoming minds such as anger, jealousy and ignorance, and developing positive minds such as love, compassion and wisdom. By following the internal path he revealed, anyone can gradually transform his or her mind from its present, self-centred state into the blissful mind of a Buddha.

The Buddhist way of peace, loving-kindness and wisdom is just as relevant today as it was when Buddha appeared in ancient India, and the entire Buddhist path is still practised in the authentic, living tradition of Kadampa Buddhism. Many people in the modern world are discovering for themselves the truth of Buddha’s essential message – that if our mind is at peace we can be happy all the time, regardless of our external situation.

You do not need to be a Buddhist to benefit from the practices taught at our classes.

More information can be found in Introduction to Buddhism

Buddhism Pages

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