How to Solve our Human Problems – with Bob Banks Fri 26th November
During this series of classes we will be exploring the book “How to Solve Our Human Problems”.
We have the potential to free ourselves from all our problems, but firstly we need to correctly identify them.
In How To Solve Our Human Problems, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche says:“To solve our human problems and enable us to find everlasting peace and happiness, Buddha gave the most profound teachings for us to use as practical advice. His teachings are known as ‘Dharma’, which means supreme protection from suffering. Dharma is the actual method to solve our human problems. To understand this, first we should consider what is the real nature of our problems and what are their main causes.”
*if you are unable to afford to pay please contact us using the chat in the bottom corner or firstname.lastname@example.org
We would not like anyone to be excluded.
If you can’t make the 12 noon session, it will be available for 48 hours.
We have monthly membership available for £20 per month click here
The purpose of meditation is to cultivate those states of mind that are conducive to peace and well-being, and to eradicate those that are not.
If we examine our life we will discover that most of our time and energy is devoted to mundane activities, such as seeking material and emotional security, enjoying sensory pleasures, or establishing a good reputation.
Although these things can make us happy for a short time, they are not able to provide the deep lasting contentment that we long for. Sooner or later our happiness turns into dissatisfaction, and we find ourselves engaged in the pursuit of more worldly pleasures.Directly or indirectly, worldly pleasures cause us mental and physical suffering by stimulating attachment, jealousy, and frustration.
If true fulfillment cannot be found in worldly pleasures, then where can it be found? Happiness is a state of mind, therefore the real source of happiness lies in the mind, not in external circumstances.
If our mind is pure and peaceful we will be happy, regardless of our external conditions. The method to make our mind pure and peaceful is to train in meditation.
What is Meditation?
The more familiar our mind is with virtue, the calmer and more peaceful it becomes. When our mind is peaceful we are free from worries and mental discomfort, and we experience true happiness.
If we train our mind to become peaceful we will be happy all the time, even in the most adverse conditions. But if our mind is not peaceful, even if we have the most pleasant external conditions we will not be happy. Therefore it is important to train our mind through meditation.
There are two types of meditation: analytical meditation and placement meditation. When we contemplate the meaning of a Dharma instruction that we have heard or read we are doing analytical meditation. By deeply contemplating the instruction, eventually we reach a conclusion or cause a specific virtuous state of mind to arise. This is the object of placement meditation. We then concentrate on it single-pointedly for as long as possible to become deeply acquainted with it.