Maidstone – Tuesdays
Weekly Meditation Classes


meditators

 

Buddha’s Guide to a Joyful Life

Class Day: Tuesdays Time: 7:30pm to 9pm, with refreshments after the class

Class/Course Fee:
£6 per class (or book now online for the whole course and get a 25% discount)
*Student concessions available

Venue:
Quaker Meeting House, 158 Union Street, Maidstone (Venue Map and Information)

17 Oct:  Having a good heart– Generosity

24 Oct:  Achieving a Happy Life- Moral Discipline

31 Oct:   Maintaining a Happy Mind- Patience

7 Nov:   Removing Obstacles to Happiness- Joyful Effort

14 Nov: Concentration and Clarity-Concentration

21 NovThe Peace of Wisdom- Wisdom

About this course:
Buddha taught six practices, known as the six perfections, which enable us to lead a beneficial and joyful life. These six; giving, moral discipline, patient acceptance, joyful effort, and concentration and wisdom can easily be incorporated into our own daily routine. Not only will they help us to deal skillfully with problems with a peaceful and happy mind, they will also empower us to benefit others greatly. Practicing these six perfections gives us the skill to make our job, relationships and enjoyments part of our path to enlightenment.

How to Establish Your Own Meditation Practice

Class Day: Tuesdays Time: 7:30pm to 9pm, with refreshments after the class

Venue:
Quaker Meeting House, 158 Union Street, Maidstone (Venue Map and Information)

Class/Course Fee:
£6 per class
*Student concessions available

 

“The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful. If our mind is peaceful we will be free from worries and mental discomfort, and so we will experience true happiness. If we train in meditation our mind will gradually become more and more peaceful, and we will experience a purer and purer form of happiness.  Eventually, we will be able to stay happy all the time, even in the most difficult circumstances. ”     

Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, How to Transform Your Life

About this course:

In this series of three classes, we will explore Lamrim meditation and how to use it in everyday life. Lamrim is a practical path of self-development, achieved through meditation, insight, and subsequent mindfulness. This system of transformative meditation has been used successfully by meditators of the past and is just as relevant now too busy, modern people.

Over the past few years, many people have become interested in the health benefits of meditation and mindfulness. The basic practices of focusing on the breath, awareness of the body and visualisation can all begin a journey towards a healthier body and mind.

For the practitioner who then wishes to pursue that experience to a more profound level of transformation, Lamrim meditation is ideal. Through Lamrim we begin to recognise that all our mental afflictions, irrational fears, feelings of isolation, meaninglessness, and pent-up anger/frustration, are temporary in nature and symptomatic of deeper-rooted causes within the mind.  It is at this deeper level that real, lasting change can be best effected.  By putting Lamrim meditations into practice we begin to relate to ourself in a way that both undermines all our mental disquiet and allows our pure potential to manifest.

The aim of these classes, therefore, will be to serve as an introduction to Lamrim meditation and to inspire confidence in establishing a personal practice.

Nov 30: Preparing for Meditation-We will look at the physical posture for meditation and how to prepare the mind for an effective and enjoyable meditation session.

Dec 7: How to Meditate-We will take one of the Lamrim meditations as an example and explore ways of engaging in the meditation so that it leads to a heartfelt insight/experience.

Dec 14: Subsequent Practice-The benefits of meditation will be short-lived unless we can learn how to maintain the continuum of that special feeling. We will look at the traditional methods to maintain this essential mindfulness.

Everyone is welcome and no previous experience is necessary. Each class is self-contained, so if you’re not able to attend the whole course you would be welcome to drop in to just one or two classes.

About the classes:
These drop-in classes aim to teach effective, meditation-based solutions to everyday problems taken from the Kadampa Buddhist tradition. Everyone is welcome – these practical meditations can be practised by anyone, whether Buddhist or not. Each class consists of guided meditations and practical advice on how to maintain a positive mind, as well as an opportunity to ask questions. Classes are self-contained and you can drop in whenever you wish; there’s no need to book in advance, simply turn up and register when you arrive.

We meditate sitting on chairs and there is no physical exercise involved or any special clothing needed. These classes are suitable for everyone, including complete beginners.

For more information, please see What to Expect at a Class.