Meditation Half-Day Courses 2017

All held at Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Bishopston, Bristol

Everyone is welcome to attend these short courses where we take time out to relax and reflect on practical advice based on Buddha’s teachings.

Whilst the topics vary, the emphasis is on how we can use what we learn in our daily life to improve our mind and benefit those around us.

All courses are led by experienced meditation teachers and include guided meditations, teachings and chance for discussion. The suggested donation is £8 which includes refreshments.  Some courses are free or reduced. No one is turned away for lack of funds.

Booking is recommended – email or ring to reserve a space (but you can turn up on the day!)

Heart Jewel  ~ Sunday 23 April, 10.00am – 1.00pm

A look at two essential practices of the New Kadampa Tradition of Mahayana Buddhism. This is a series of three classes.  The final class on 23rd of April will focus on the practice of relying upon the Dharma Protector  Dorje Shugden. Through this practice we can overcome obstacles to our practice and create favourable conditions so that we can nurture and increase our pure Dharma.

Familiarity with the Heart Jewel practice is suggested prior to attending the last class or attendance at the previous sessions.

Living in Harmony ~ Saturday 29 April, 2.00 – 5.00

Take some time out and enjoy finding peace and harmony from within. We will explore teachings on how to deepen our acceptance of life’s difficulties and stresses, and practice simple practical meditations we can apply to our everyday lives.

Building Resilience ~ Sunday 30 April, 10.30 – 1.30

When the going gets tough, the tough get going! This course will look at some amazing ways of thinking, extracted from Buddha’s teachings, that help us to change our attitude towards problems. With practice, instead of being overwhelmed by difficult situations, we can use them as fuel for our spiritual growth and keep a happy mind – whatever happens.

Mindfulness ~ Saturday 6 May, 10.30 – 1.30

The busyness and difficulties of daily life often leave us with an uncontrolled and agitated mind. By training in mindfulness, we gain control of our mind and we are able to stay focused, moment by moment on what is constructive and meaningful. We shall experience deep inner peace and be able to deal with all life’s difficulties with a positive attitude.

Teens Exam Stressbuster ~ Saturday 6 May, 2.00 – 5.00

Meditation is known to reduce stress and anxiety and build focus and resilience. This afternoon will be packed with relaxing meditations and practical advice for building and maintaining a feeling of deep inner peace, clarity and relaxation that will see you through exam time and beyond.  Free event – no need to book!

Say No to Worry ~ Saturday 10 June, 10.30 – 1.30

It seems the worries of modern life are endless, so come along to this uplifting course to learn some simple meditation techniques to lighten the load. Packed with practical tips, the morning will focus on how Buddha’s ancient wisdom can inspire us and essentially help us to deal with our difficulties and problems in a worry free way! Suitable for beginners and advanced meditators alike, everyone is welcome.

Improving Meditation ~ Sunday 18 June, 10.30 – 1.30

In ‘How to Understand the Mind’ Geshe Kelsang Gyatso says, ‘The main function of concentration is to make our mind peaceful, when our mind is free from the turbulence of distracting conceptions it becomes calm and smooth… Concentration gives us the freedom to accomplish whatever we wish for.’ On this half day course we will have the opportunity to learn practical techniques to improve our concentration through meditation, and to increase our motivation to become free from distractions. 

Improving Self-Confidence ~ Saturday 1 July, 10.30 – 1.30

You have UNLIMITED potential for happiness. And you can create this with your own mind! This short course explains how, rather than focusing on our current limited view of ourselves, we can instead relate to our limitless potential.

Peace is Possible ~ Saturday 8 July, 10.30 – 1.30

In this half day course we have the opportunity to learn how to create the causes for inner peace. In Transform your Life Geshe Kelsang Gyatso says ” Happiness and suffering are states of mind and so their main causes cannot be found outside the mind. The real source of happiness is inner peace. If our mind is peaceful, we shall be happy all the time, regardless of external conditions…”

Urban Retreat ~ Saturday 15 July, 10.30 – 1.30

One morning: inner peace in the inner city. A time for reflection and relaxation, a chance to unwind and enjoy simple guided meditations to refresh body and mind ~ held in the tranquil setting of our beautiful meditation room.

Summer teaching break – classes and courses will start again at end of August.

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