transforming difficulties into opportunities | Sunday 21 July | 10am – 12.30pm
@ The Arc Centre, 98b St Paul Street, London, N1 7DF | £20
with meditation teacher Asa Bennett
“If we check our mind we will see that we are living in a state of almost constant discomfort and anxiety. As soon as we stop worrying about one thing, something else starts to bother us. Our delusions give us no rest.”
– The New Meditation Handbook, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
Often our fears and anxieties relate to the possibility of things going wrong, such as a project not working out, being rejected in some way or failing to live up to our ambitions. With this attitude of fear, when life inevitably throws a difficulty our way, we get overwhelmed by painful feelings, feel stuck and then worry about what will go wrong next! To break this cycle we need to develop a quality of fearlessness through learning to accept and transform whatever arises in our daily life into an opportunity for personal growth.
This inspiring talk will help us to move towards a more fearless approach to life by showing how we can integrate methods extracted from the ancient Buddhist mind-training tradition (or Lojong in Tibetan) in to busy modern life. Although taught hundreds of years ago, these teachings are even more relevant in the context of our busy distracted world, enabling us to use conditions that would make conventional spiritual practice difficult, as indispensable aids on our path to happiness.