A Beginners Guide to Meditation - REGISTRATION CLOSED
Start Date: 7 Nov 2018 End Date : 28 Nov 2018Every Wed every week, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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WhoTeacher: Lama Gelongma Zangmo
During this 4 week course we will explore methods employed to bring a sense of ease to the mind through the practice of meditation. Calm abiding meditation (Shinay in Tibetan) is accomplished through the development of mindfulness, which can be described as an ongoing awareness of what we perceive. By training in focusing this awareness stably in meditation we can give rise to a more peaceful mind.
Meditation and mindfulness, practised regularly over time, have strong potential to make one’s general state of mind more positive: increasingly we can become free of habitual reactivity, unhelpful emotional patterns, and limited ways of seeing ourselves and others. With a more open and relaxed mind we will have less stress resulting from our living situation, and less tendency to be thrown by the ups-and-downs that life presents. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.
This course is for people who are new to meditation. Different aspects of meditation will be taught, including instructions in posture and how to use sight, breathing and inner focus as a method to tame the mind and develop calm abiding. If time and space allows, there will also be an introduction to walking meditation, and instructions in how to bring awareness into daily life outside of formal meditation sessions.
This is a weekly course taking place every Wednesday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes. Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.
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