The Dhyana Centre exists as a community service in the heart of London for the sole purpose of teaching meditation and encouraging its practice as a spiritual discipline. The Centre, an independent branch of the Theosophical Society in England, adopts an eclectic approach that combines both Eastern and Western contemplative techniques, under the umbrella title of ‘Dhyana Yoga: the Path of Meditation’. The emphasis is on introductory courses open to all without restriction or financial charge but the Centre aims to cater for all levels of meditative experience by offering a progression of classes and groups.
The Centre’s motto is “Live to Learn to Love”, which clearly expresses life’s greatest lesson and the route that we must all take to reach our Divine goal. Whatever spiritual path or means we may choose to employ, it is only by and in love that human potential can manifest its highest expression. At its deepest level, meditation is the ultimate act of love – a total surrender of the individual self.
The Centre’s teaching activities are grouped into three distinct levels (see here for fuller details):
|Introductory||Dhyana Yoga courses||Sundays|
|Intermediate||Ramakrishna group||Tuesdays, Fridays & Sundays|
|Advanced||Lahiri group||[Not currently operating]|
Meditation for beginners: the main emphasis of the Centre is on teaching and encouraging meditation for beginners. Introductory courses dovetailing with weekly practice groups are run throughout the year for that purpose; see the Calendar page for course details and dates and/or to book places.
In addition to the weekly classes there are meditation retreats and OM Healing circles, all of which take place at the Theosophical Society’s headquarters in the West End of London unless otherwise stated (see Contact Us page for address, map etc. plus email details). [RETREATS CURRENTLY OPERATING ONLINE ONLY]
ACCESS: introductory courses for newcomers are in-person and operating normally. The intermediate and advanced meditation groups are specifically for existing members of the Centre and those who have graduated from the foundation training. Newcomers interested in meditation are invited to book a place on an introductory course in the first instance (via the Calendar page). This includes those with prior yogic experience for whom it will be an induction and attunement; it is not possible to join the intermediate or advanced groups direct. Please email the Centre if in doubt.
Emailing list for enquirers
The Centre sends out a monthly programme by email to all its registered members. To be added temporarily to this mailing list, please email the Centre to that effect; you will then receive the programmes for at least three months after which you will automatically be removed from the list unless you have requested otherwise.
Free of charge: the Dhyana Centre is run as a community service and all its activities are free of charge. It is funded entirely by voluntary donations from its members and students, and attendees are invited to contribute according to their means.
[The Centre’s mystical logo pictured in the first paragraph was designed by Colombian artist Pedro Guzmán of Grupo Meditemos, Bogotá. The logo immediately above is that of the international Theosophical Society.]