Last updated: 16th November 2018
MEDITATION FOR BEGINNERS: ‘Joy of Meditation’ courses (Sundays) and group (Tuesdays 7pm)
Free introductory courses are held regularly and consist of two one-day workshops held on Sundays 11am – 4pm, each of which is a standalone session. After attending Part 1, newcomers may join the on-going ‘Joy of Meditation’ class on Tuesdays 7pm – 8pm and/or 8pm – 9pm. It is not possible to join the Tuesday class or attend Part 2 without attending Part 1. If in doubt, please email the Centre for guidance.
BOOKINGS for the ‘Joy of Meditation’ course: you can either click on the appropriate date-link below or email [email protected]. Please provide the full name and email address of each person booking. A confirmation email will be sent within 24 hours which will include guidance notes with course-specific detail.
|Course Part 1: Sunday 18th November|
|Course Part 2:|
|Course Part 1: Sunday 20th January|
|Course Part 1: Sunday 17th February|
OM HEALING GROUP: every Friday (8.10pm)
OM Healing sessions consist of 45 minutes of audible chant of the mantra OM. They commence promptly and there is no late admittance so punctuality is essential (the doors are open from 7.50pm – 8.10pm). Open to all without booking but first-time attendees may wish to email the Centre in advance. No preparation is required and there is no dress code: we sit on chairs not the floor. A verbal briefing will be given to any newcomers before each session starts. The chant session is preceded by a silent group meditation for 40 minutes which starts promptly at 7pm. Visitors for the healing are also welcome to participate in the meditation or may come solely for the healing, in which case they must arrive between 7.50pm and 8.10pm (not before or after).
An interesting article on the power of the OM chant can be viewed here.
[PLEASE NOTE: in the rare event of an exception to the weekly schedule, details will be posted here. However, the session can always be confirmed simply by checking the Activities Calendar in the sidebar to the right.]
INTERMEDIATE: Ramakrishna Group (Fridays and Saturdays 7pm)
The intermediate group is held twice a week but there are differences in the format of the two sessions, as follows:-
Friday – Open meditation & OM Healing – open to all.
Friday’s session is from 7pm – 9.30pm with a break between 7.50pm – 8.10pm to enable participants either to arrive or leave. The first half of each Friday is silent meditation for 40 minutes: the second half is an OM Healing chant session. This whole evening is open to all, there is no restriction and newcomers are welcome for either or both parts.
Saturday – Intermediate meditation class – registered students only.
The Saturday session is a drop-in tuition group from 7pm – 9pm with two periods of silent meditation, both around 40 minutes. There is a break at 8pm allowing participants either to arrive or leave. As an on-going class, this session is open to Centre members and associates only plus those who have recently attended the beginners’ course (no booking is required).
ADVANCED: Lahiri Group (every Monday 7.30pm)
This is a private meditation group for more advanced members of the Dhyana Centre. Meetings are held in Crystal Palace every Monday and attendance is by invitation only.
MEDITATION RETREATS: (occasional Sundays 12 noon – 6pm)
One day silent meditation retreats are held at the Theosophical Society’s premises in central London three times a year. Intended for DC members, associates and current students only, these retreats are not open to the public.
If you wish to attend but have not previously been to one of these retreats, please consult with Alan Perry by email.
Future retreats will be held on:
|Sunday 6th January|
|Easter Sunday, 21st April|
MULTI-FAITH DEVOTIONAL SERVICES: (Saturdays 7pm – 9.30pm)
Participatory services are held at the Dhyana Centre three times a year. The main focus of the service is a communal, multi-faith shrine dedicated to the Divine in its Universality; the service involves Buddhist, Hindu and Christian chants and prayers, devotional singing (bhajans/kirtan), arati, readings, meditation and absent healing [click here to view some of the prayers and chants used by the Centre in these services].
This session is open to all, no booking is required. The programme is followed by a finger-buffet meal for which participants are invited to contribute vegetarian items.
Next dates planned for devotional services are:
|Saturday 9th February|
|Saturday 8th June|
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.