Meditation classes take off at London School of Economics
On Mon, 18 March, 2013 - 05:52
Erika Mansnerus writes from Triratna’s London Buddhist Centre with news of their new meditation classes at the prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), saying - “Silent lunchtime meditations on Tuesdays and drop-in taught meditation sessions on Friday afternoons are taking place at the LSE. Altogether 10-15 people meditate regularly. The activities began when my friend SuYen Tan from the London Buddhist Centre was studying for her MSc degree. The initial idea of pausing during lunch breaks once a week and meditating together became a regular practice and we found other students and members of staff who wanted to join us. LSE Interfaith advisor James Walters gave his support and made space in the Chaplaincy for meditation.
SuYen graduated but other meditators wished to continue. Last autumn our group began to grow, we did more marketing through Staff News, and students organised a Buddhism Awareness Society that asked me to teach them meditation. A regular group of five students met over four Fridays to meditate and learn the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana. After this short course finished, the Society asked me to continue sessions over the spring term. I feel deep gratitude to be able to bring the Dharma to my working life in such a concrete way.
Of course there is also the interesting connection that one of LSE’s honourable alumni is Dr Ambedkar. The historical link to Triratna through him and our current presence through meditation feels very privileged”.