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Workshops

The workshops & Retreats at KMC Sheffield give everyone the opportunity to enjoy some time to positive thinking and meditation that help to solve the problems of busy modern life. The Short Retreats give the opportunity to explore Buddha’s teachings in more detail and gain experience through meditation practice. Each course explores a different Buddhist topic with teachings and guided meditations from qualified teachers. 

Amitayus Retreat x 3 days (unguided) – Sat 16 – Mon 18 Feb

In this retreat, we make prayers to Buddha Amitayus for everyone, including our self, to enjoy a long life endowed with good fortune and great wisdom. Long life, merit and wisdom are essential for our spiritual development and attainment of enlightenment.

This retreat takes place over 3 days and includes 3 sessions a day. It is a light and enjoyable retreat, suitable for everyone.

(Times TBC) this retreat is free to attend. If you haven’t engaged in this practice before, please ask about it and someone will be happy to explain it to you.


Letting go of self criticism and guilt – Sat. 16 March 10am – 1pm with Paul Jenkins

Often we can be our own harshest judge. Self critical thoughts and guilty minds often arise from having very high expectations of ourselves of which are almost impossible to reach and as a result can lead to us beating ourselves up when we don’t live up to them.

These states of mind never help us to become a better or more effective person, in fact they prevent us from coming the person we can and want to become.

On this course we can learn how to develop more realistic expectations of ourselves whilst still trying to improve and fulfill our full potential.

This course will be taught by Paul Jenkins, who is the principal teacher at Tara Kadampa Meditation Centre in Derbyshire.  A dedicated student of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Paul has been studying and teaching Kadampa Buddhism for over 30 years.  He is married with 3 children and has practical experience of integrating Modern Buddhism within a busy, professional, family life.


Letting go of self criticism and guilt – Sat. 16 March 10am – 1pm with Paul Jenkins

Often we can be our own harshest judge. Self critical thoughts and guilty minds often arise from having very high expectations of ourselves of which are almost impossible to reach and as a result can lead to us beating ourselves up when we don’t live up to them.

These states of mind never help us to become a better or more effective person, in fact they prevent us from coming the person we can and want to become.

On this course we can learn how to develop more realistic expectations of ourselves whilst still trying to improve and fulfill our full potential.

This course will be taught by Paul Jenkins, who is the principal teacher at Tara Kadampa Meditation Centre in Derbyshire.  A dedicated student of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Paul has been studying and teaching Kadampa Buddhism for over 30 years.  He is married with 3 children and has practical experience of integrating Modern Buddhism within a busy, professional, family life.


Meditation and Meal – Fri 5th April 7pm


Making Life Simple – Half Day Workshop Sun. 7th April 10am – 1pm

“We could change our home or our partner countless times, but until we change our restless, discontented mind, we will never find true happiness” – Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

 

Modern day life with all it’s stresses and strains and the increase of technology, social media and communications means that it is becoming harder to enjoy the stillness and peace of our inner world. There are so many distractions now that we find it difficult to find space and time in our lives to connect with the true source of happiness and contentment that lies within us.

On this half day workshop we will discover ways to make our life more simple and the methods to help us to connect with our inner peace and contentment. By learning to be satisfied with the conditions we have, whatever they are; we will find a great source of energy and lightness that will bring us true happiness and deep meaning.

 

Nyungne Fasting Retreat – (unguided) Sat 13th and Sun 14th April

This two day retreat, that is done in conjunction with Thousand Armed Avalokiteshvara practice, is very powerful for purifying negative karma of body, speech and mind, and for pacifying strong delusions such as desirous attachment and hatred. The essence of the Buddhist path is compassion. In this practice which involves taking Mahayana precepts before each retreat day (please ask for more info) conjoined with the practice of prostrations, we purify our mind fully by meditating extensively on compassion.

Times of retreat sessions TBC (this retreat is free to attend)

If you haven’t done this retreat before, please ask for more info and we will be happy to help you.


Overcoming Stress and Frustration with visiting Teacher Gen Chokyong –

Sat. 4th May 10am – 1.30pm

These days stress, frustration and anger are common experiences for people.

Whenever we encounter difficult people or challenging situations, these painful minds can easily arise. If we do not detect the early stages of anger, it grows within us like a poison affecting our relationships with people and our daily happiness.

This workshop will look at practical methods for identifying, reducing and finally abandoning this destructive habit of mind, and all its manifestations, helping us to experience the freedom and happiness we long for.


Clear mind at work – half day workshop Sat. 11th May 10am – 1pm

Often our mind can feel clouded by busy, uncontrolled and sometimes negative thoughts, particularly when we are in a high pressured work environment. This course will introduce meditations and techniques to help you discover the space and peace of your own mind. By practising these techniques you will be able to tap into this inner resource which will enable you to deal with the stresses and strains of the workplace as well as your daily life.



SIMPLY MEDITATE
20 min Lunchtime Meditations
No need to book- Just turn up
Tues to Fri 11am – 11.20am

What to Expect

Upon arrival you will be welcomed by one of our registration team who will greet you and show you where and when to go. The workshops normally start at 10am till 1pm for the half day and 10am till 4pm for the full day. The retreat timings vary for each retreat normally they start around 9am.  The Course host may give some announcements and we will then welcome the teacher. The class usually begins with a short introduction then a simple guided breathing meditation. The teacher will then give the main teaching followed by a meditation to bring the session to a conclusion. There will be time in some sessions for discussion and the chance to ask the teacher questions.  The day is divided up in to sessions of around 1hr 15 mins although this varies. During the breaks our World Peace café is open for you to enjoy or you can relax, discuss with others, read a book go you for a walk around Endcliffe park opposite the centre. 
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