Thursday Evening Meditation Classes in York






Weekly classes with Buddhist monk, Gen Kelsang Togden

Thursdays 7.00pm – 8.30pm


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What to expect at a class

We provide a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. When you arrive, a volunteer will register you before the class and direct you to the meditation space. Normally before class some announcements will be made.

Our experienced teachers are male or female, lay or ordained (Buddhist monk or nun). They will begin with an introduction, and guide a breathing meditation to help settle your mind. They will then give a teaching based on the topic of the class, with clear and logical explanations using examples and analogies.

An important characteristic of Modern Buddhism is to present Dharma teachings as personal advice that can be integrated into daily life. The intention of the teachings and guided meditations is to help you develop peaceful, clear and positive states of mind. This will help you develop your own inner wisdom, so that you can solve your daily problems and enjoy a more meaningful life.

Depending on the class, there will be either another guided meditation or a discussion with the opportunity to ask questions and clarify doubts.

All of our activities are run by volunteers, and we are a registered charity. The class and course fees help cover the costs of running the Centre.


Classes are run on a drop-in basis so you’re welcome to join at any time.

£6 per class, or 4 classes for £20

Classes are held at:

The Friends’ Meeting House,


York, YO1 9RL

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GEN Kelsang Togden is a Buddhist monk and an international teacher of Modern Kadampa Buddhism who is a close disciple of our Founder, the great meditation master and author, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.

Gen Togden has been practising meditation and Buddhism for nearly 25 years and has given Dharma teachings in five continents of the world. He has also helped establish and improve Dharma Centres in Canada, the USA, South America and Portugal. Gen Togden is greatly admired for his good example and known for his joy, clarity, warmth and inspirational teachings that easily touch our hearts.





Classes consist of two meditations and a teaching on different themes throughout the year. There is also time for questions and refreshments. Seating is on normal chairs, no need to book or reserve a place, and no need for any special clothing.

Learn to meditate to overcome stress and worry, find inner peace, and experience better health and more happiness in your life. Our meditation classes offer practical solutions to everyday problems and are suitable for everyone.

Everyone is welcome to attend at any time.





You can also catch these classes in Beverley, Driffield, Goole, Pickering, Pocklington, Scarborough and Thirsk.