THE MAGIC OF BLESSINGS
THE MAGICAL POWER OF BLESSINGS
Meditations on transcending limitations
A Transcendental day event with KMC Kent’s Principle Teacher James Baskerville
Saturday 1st April | 10am – 5pm
Venue: St Benedicts Centre, 52 Swan St, West Malling ME19 6JX
When Venerable Geshe Kelsang describes the power of blessings for bringing about a rapid and profound transformation of consciousness, he says: This is magical!
Blessings are what happens when we learn to commune with an enlightened mind. We can tell that our mind is blessed when we experience it changing swiftly from a negative mind to a positive mind, an unhappy mind to a happy mind, a heavy mind to a light mind. Through blessings we swiftly let go of the deluded minds such as anger and jealousy that produce suffering, and we swiftly gain deep experience of the virtuous, wisdom-based minds, such as love, patience and compassion that give rise to authentic happiness.
We need blessings not simply to be peaceful and happy in our everyday activities, but to achieve the deep inner transformations that lead to the profound realisations of universal love and the wisdom that realises emptiness, blessings are essential. Also, we don’t need to simply wait for blessings to happen, we can learn to access them in meditation through connecting to a Buddha’s mind.
In this course, James will guide us both to understand the power of blessings and to access them whenever we wish.
Each session will consist of a talk and guided meditation plus time for Q&A.
This meditation course will be led by James Baskerville, the Principal 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.
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.