Free meditation classes
We give meditation classes in over 350 cities all over the world.
Sri Chinmoy asked us to offer these classes to the general public free of charge - the inner peace that comes from meditation is your birthright, and not something that should come at a price.
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Zoom into a city on the map and click on the marker, or contact a Sri Chinmoy Centre near you to find out more details of classes.
There are a few reasons:
- As we mentioned, inner peace shouldn't be just another product. Through meditation, you are not so much acquiring anything new as discovering the keys to your own inner beauty which was always there.
- We aim to create a very beautiful and pure atmosphere for our classes, where people are comfortable coming in the knowledge that nobody is expecting anything from them in return.
- The people who give the classes consider it an extension of their own meditation practice, and something that gives them a sense of fulfilment that no money can buy.
Often people ask us when they come to classes how can they contribute. Sometimes there is a donation box, or alternatively you could buy a book or CD - then you have something to take home in return - however, it is not expected.
Meditation is first and foremost a practical subject, one that has to be experienced. We teach a lot of different practical exercises - breathing exercises, visualisations, concentration exercises, mantras and heart centred meditation. The exercises are typically accompanied with explanations on what meditation is, the benefits of meditation, tips on setting up your own daily practice and integrating meditation into your daily life.
Sri Chinmoy asked that the classgivers themselves meditate before each class, to enable them to speak more from the heart than from the mind. Each class instructor has their own life experience that they bring to the class, so no two classes are the same.
Generally, no, everything will be provided. It is nice to have some light-coloured loose comfortable clothing, as you will be sitting in the same place for a while.
No. In his lifetime, Sri Chinmoy never charged for any of the concerts or public meditations he gave, or for his spiritual guidance. For those who wanted to become his students, he said "my only fee is your aspiration" - the student's inner wish to constantly make progress and go forward in their meditation.