Training the Mind: Guidelines for a Happy Life
Starting Wednesday 2 May 2018, 7 – 8:30pm (5-week series)
Starting Sunday 6 May, 11am – 12:30pm (4-week series)
“Always rely upon a happy mind alone” – Geshe Checkewa
This course will make the spiritual advice of the ancient lojong (or training the mind) masters practical and relevant to the modern-day practitioner.
We will learn how we can overcome many of our bad habits of mind, be mindful or more positive and constructive ways of thinking while learning practical mental tools that will help us to integrate this practice into everyday life.
The teachings will be based on a set of pith instructions composed by Geshe Checkewa. They are particularly suited for modern times where distractions are plentiful, time to meditate is minimal and world is becoming increasingly toxic. It is said that although such times can make conventional spiritual practice very difficult, the training the mind practitioner can transform all these adverse conditions into opportunities for spiritual growth.
Each session will start with a breathing meditation to settle the mind and then a talk exploring the topic of the week. This will be followed by a concluding meditation to help us take the teaching to heart and an opportunity to ask questions.
Everyone is welcome, no previous experience is 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 the whole series?
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.
What will be covered each week?
Wed 2 | Sun 5 May – Relying upon a Happy mind
Wed 9 | Sun 13 May – Silencing the Inner Critic
Wed 16 | Sun 20 May – Overcoming Negativity
Wed 23 May | Becoming a skilful practitioner (no Sun class due to Spring Festival)
Wed 30 May | Sun 3 June – Transforming Adverse Conditions