Overcoming the Limited Self - A Day Retreat

Overcoming the limited self

Buddhist wisdom for limitless freedom

with KMC Kent’s Principle Teacher James Baskerville

Saturday 10 June | 10am – 5pm

Booking Online Required – Limited Capacity

Although everyone wants to change, we remain stuck in painful ways of thinking and behaving. Why? Because we grasp so strongly at the limited self. You know that self: the hurt self, the not good enough self, the anxious self etc, etc. We consider these to be our real self and therefore inescapable. So rather than changing we try to bury that self in unhelpful actions and compulsions.

According to Buddha this “limited self” is not our real self at all. Our actual nature is extraordinary, pervaded by freedom and joy. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could lose that tedious and painful self once and for all and replace it with one that reflects our actual nature?

During this day retreat, through a combination of talks, guided meditations and questions and answers, KMC Kent’s Principal Teacher James will take us into a deep dive into the liberating wisdom of understanding emptiness, not just of that ordinary, limited self, but of all painful and limiting conceptions associated with that self.

As Buddha’s teachings reveal, when you lose the ordinary limited self, you also lose the world of that self, with all of its past problems and conflicts, unfulfilled desires and so on. This opens us up to whole new, beautiful and liberating way of experiencing ourself, our world, our past and future etc. It turns out we can free ourselves from our past, we can change our life and our future, we can heal ourself and our relationships!

Each session will consist of a talk and guided meditation plus time for Q&A.  

The Teacher

This meditation retreat will be led by James Baskerville, the Resident Teacher at KMC Kent.

James has been practising and teaching Kadampa Buddhism for over twenty years and has engaged in extensive meditation retreats, including silent retreat. He is especially known for his clarity, humour and inspirational presentation of Buddha’s teachings.



Saturday 10 June 2023


10am - 5pm


£35 | £25 conc
£6 for Members



Aldington Village Hall
Roman Rd,
TN25 7EE






Registration | 09.45am

Session 1 | 10.00am – 11.15am

Break | 11.15am – 11.45am

Session 2 | 11.45am – 1.00pm

Lunch | 1.00pm – 2.30pm

Session 2 & 3 | 2.30pm – 5.00pm

Cost & Booking

Online Booking Required ! Limited Capacity. 

Please note: Booking & Payment PRIOR the start of the course only.


Our classes are for everyone who is interested in learning how to meditate, regardless of background or belief. They are designed to give a broad introduction to Buddhist meditation, teachings, and practice. Everyone is invited to use whichever aspects of the teachings they find helpful.

No. Anyone can learn basic meditation and experience the benefits that come from having a peaceful mind.

No. Everyone is welcome, including beginners. All you need is the wish to improve yourself and the quality of your life.

No special clothing is required, come as you are.

No. The classes focus on meditation and teachings alone. You can choose to sit on a chair or meditation cushion.

We are a registered charity run entirely by volunteers, no-one receives a salary. The funds we receive are used to pay for our venues and operating expenses. Although we charge for classes we also offer low-income rates and no one will ever be turned away for lack of funds.

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