5-Week Instruction in Meditation & Buddhism
Jan. 15 – Feb 12, 2020
Wednesdays 7-9 pm
“One might think that when someone has traveled along the same old rut for decades, it is too late. But that is a great mistake. If you find the right sort of encouragement and the right sort of conditions, you can change at any time of your life.” -Sangharakshita
Do you sometimes find yourself stuck in old habits despite all your best intentions? Do you sometimes feel that your life is getting away from you? Would you like to find ways to respond more creatively to the difficulties, and the joys, in life?
One of the many benefits of meditation is learning to pause and give ourselves the opportunity to respond from a place of wisdom and kindness. As we become more mindful and aware we can begin to free ourselves from some of our old ruts and allow new possibilities to emerge. Our relationship with ourselves and others, and the world around us becomes easier, more appreciative and attentive.
We will be teaching two meditation practices in this course (see below). Through regular practice in class and at home we can begin to create a more intimate inner connection, and become more mindful of the beauty, the habits, and the wonder available in each day.
In this 5-week class there will be led meditations each evening with plenty of time for questions and sharing our discoveries in a safe and welcoming space.
Suitable for complete beginners to meditation as well as anyone wishing to refresh their practice.
Intro to Buddhism
Buddhist teachings offer a transformative understanding of our lives and our minds. The Buddhist path means developing the mind and opening to life with kindness, courage and full awareness. By looking closely at the ways we interpret our experience of ourselves and the world, we set the stage for developing a deeper happiness that is sustainable in today’s world. Join us as we explore these teachings in this 5-week class that includes discussion and reflection.
What You'll Learn
Core Principles of Buddhism
Study the life and teachings of the Buddha who lived and taught around 2500 years ago. We read, study, and discuss a variety of readings from the Buddha and many other Buddhist teachers. Learn practical applications of core Buddhist teachings directly relevant to improving your life today.
Mindfulness of Breathing
The mindfulness of breathing practice is simple and deeply transformative. Using the sensations of breathing to ground awareness in the body, we are able to meet the stresses of everyday life with more kindness, clarity and stability.
The metta bhavana, or cultivation of loving kindness, is a powerful meditation practice that teaches how to bring a friendly, kind, curious attention to ourselves and to other people, and to whatever arises in our experience, softening harsh self-criticism and judgment and bringing a sense of ease and openness to our participation in the world.