Living Meditations Thursday 5th November
Living Meditation series:
A 7 week course starts Thursday 5th November, 7pm | cost £4 per class or why not book the whole month for £20 this includes all classes during the month! (not applicable for in-person classes when we open)
Living Meditation Series – a weekly meditation online class with experienced Buddhist teachers these classes run for 40mins.
Meditation is extremely popular nowadays, we know it’s good for us but maybe we have not got round to starting a meditation practice yet. There will always be things to do, but the beauty of meditation is if you make time, you will feel the benefits. Ultimately a happier you!.
These classes are for everyone. They are based on the Living meditation Series from Kadampa Buddhism and offer meditations that are applicable and easily applied to our daily lives.
Why not give it a go?
Everyone is welcome!
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 fulfilment 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.