CANCELLED - Eight Verses for Training the Mind, with Lama Zangmo
Start Date: 5 Mar 2020 End Date : 23 Apr 2020Every Thu every week, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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WhoTeacher: Lama Gelongma Zangmo
Anyone is welcome to attend this event!
As a spiritual community and a place of refuge we have a responsibility to do our best to protect the wellbeing and safety of our visiting guests, our teachers and
our residential community.
In light of the coronavirus pandemic we have been closely monitoring the developing situation and, being mindful of government recommendations and also the advice from our trustees, we have decided to close the centre after Sunday 22 March. The centre will remain closed throughout April and all activities including classes, teachings and regular group practice will be cancelled during this period.
We will continue to provide updates through our website and social media.
Here is a helpful link to the NHS advice page:https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
With best wishes for your health and happiness
The Eight Verses for Training the Mind is a text which offers essential training for cultivating the mind of compassion, wisdom, and loving kindness, and reveal the true essence of the Mahayana path. It was composed by the Buddhist Master Langri Tangpa. (1054-1123)
The fundamental theme of mind training practice is the reorientation of our basic attitude, both toward ourself and toward our fellow human beings, as well as toward the events around us. The goal of mind training practice is the transformation of our thoughts, attitudes, and habits.
Presently, we tend to cherish the welfare of ourself at the expense of all others. However, the mind training teaching challenges us to reverse this process. This involves a deep understanding of others as friends, and the recognition that our true enemy lies inside of ourselves, not outside.
As we practice these lojong teachings in daily life, we train the mind to embrace reality in a wholesome and compassionate way. We train to eliminate our competitive, selfish, and emotionally reactive tendencies, as well as our exaggerated concepts of self, and to understand that the greed, jealousy, anger, pride, selfishness, and attachment, which cause us so much suffering, are not inherent conditions of our mind.
It is a requirement to commit to attend all the eight classes to the very best of your ability. If you are unable to attend a class for a good reason, please contact the office in advance before booking.
A handout of the text itself will be provided.
This eight-week course is suitable for those who would like to deepen their practice and Buddhist understanding, and who have a basic familiarity with meditation.
Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.
Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.