Training in mindfulness and meditation has become increasingly recognized as an effective means to reduce stress, improve our quality of life and develop inner peace.
In this 4-week series of classes learn the foundations of effective training in mindfulness both in meditation sessions and within daily life. The instructions are derived from their original context within Buddhist meditation, maintaining their depth and impact, whilst being presented in a way that is easily accessible to the modern practitioner. Everyone is welcome to attend this series of classes. No previous experience necessary.
What does the class entail?
Each class consists of a breathing meditation to settle the mind, a short talk exploring an aspect of training in mindfulness and a second meditation based on the ideas raised. The session concludes with some take away advice that can be practised beyond the sessions allowing the benefits to pervade our life.
Do I have to attend all 4-weeks?
No, each class is self-contained and can be attended on a drop-in basis. However, it is beneficial if possible to attend the entire series of classes.
Recommended reading: How to Understand the Mind, by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso (available for purchase at any of our events.)
What will be covered each week?
Introduction to Mindfulness | Tue 9th January
A practical introduction to what mindfulness is, how we can start to develop it and the many benefits that come from integrating mindfulness practice into our busy modern lives.
Cultivating Awareness | Tues 16th January
To gain control over our thoughts we need to train in mindfulness in conjunction with another part of the mind called “alertness”. This mental factor or function is closely related to mindfulness and once cultivated enables us to become more aware of the different minds that arise enabling us to let go of harmful thoughts and distractions and channel our focus more constructively.
Guarding the Mind from Negativity | Tues 23rd January
Geshe Kelsang says that there is no practice more important than keeping our mind free from negativity. In this class we will explore some simple techniques used by the ancient Buddhist masters of the past that will enable us to protect our mind from the influence of negative thought patterns.
Mindfulness in busy life | Tues 30th January
Mindfulness training is very extensive and can be practiced way beyond the meditation cushion. Although this will have been explored to an extent already in our other classes, this session aims to focus particularly on how to use mindfulness techniques “on-the-move” in our busy modern lives.