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      Times are tough. The Government, the media and your bank balance are all screaming, ‘the outlook is bleak’ and for many of us it damn well is. We have to consider our spending pattern a little more than we used to. Access to credit is not the easy passage it once was and every day we wake up to news of corruption, deception and controversy centred around institutions and public figures we are ‘supposed’ to expect better from.

      Even in such adverse times we have much to be grateful for and we all have our own ways of realising it. Spending time with people we care about, being creative, discovering the things that actually make us happy. Sometimes we may need a little help or direction in the art of relaxation or taking time out to reconsider what makes us happy. With this in mind we found this little place in the heart of Sefton Park.

      L17 has been the home to The Duldzin Kadampa Buddhist Centre for 18 years now but we suspect there are plenty of you who didn’t know of its transcendental existence. It’s a Buddhist Meditation Centre and a registered charity run entirely by volunteers.

      The Centre runs many different classes, courses and retreats on meditation and Buddhism for all levels of experience. It’s open to everyone so you don’t have to be a Buddhist to take part.

      We tried out one of their weekly drop-in classes with Resident teacher Adam Starr so we could offer a more informed prognosis. No-one likes an uninformed prognostic. And the meditation was as you might expect, very relaxing. Each week a new topic is explored and a talk given by the teacher based on Buddhist teachings with the opportunity for attendees to discuss afterwards. The topic we discussed surrounded how we can form unrealistic attachments to material possessions or people. It became clear that this can lead to unnecessary pain and suffering which can be avoided. It was both thought provoking and insightful.

      Classes are usually run as short courses of five to eight weeks but can be attended occasionally if you prefer. And if you want to delve deeper there are plenty more courses and classes run throughout the year. The Duldzin’s setting in the Park works well with the Centre’s ethos and a warm welcome was offered. The soon to be re-opened World Peace Cafe will no doubt attract Park visitors to stop off for refreshments and perhaps partake in a little meaning of life exploration if they so wish.

      So we found a place for you to visit when you find yourself in need of some relaxation and think guided meditation is the way forward. The fact the Centre is a Buddhist one can mean as little or as much to you as you wish, the most important thing is you know about it. And we told you.