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Meditation made Simple & Emotions Workshop

25 April -13 June 2012

This ten-week course running from 25 April to 13 June 2012 introduces aspects of working with our emotions through meditation in a way that can be applied to the 'real world'. The course will be held at the Northwest Centre for Buddhist Meditation in Stockport, Cheshire.

The course will be held weekly, every Wednesday evening from 7.30 - 9.30p.m. The course starts on 25 April 2012 and consists of eight lessons (the lesson content is shown below).

Teaching is free, however it would be appreciated if you would make a minimum donation of £5.00 each time you attend a session towards the cost of centre renovation, tea & biscuits.

The meditation course will be led by Ven. Phra Nicholas Thanissaro MA, BSc., PGCE who is a Thai Buddhist monk of UK origin. He has been a monk for fourteen years and has over twenty years of Buddhist experience. He has been giving popular meditation courses in Europe since 1997 and has several TV guest spots, audio CD's, books, book translations and academic articles to his name.

The course is usually attended by a group of twenty comprising seasoned meditators and newcomers alike. A brief introduction to meditation is provided each time a newcomer attends and the group meditates together each time for approximately forty minutes.

Session 1: 25 April 2012
THE MIND & ITS QUALITIES

  • Orientation
  • The Nature & Function of the Mind
  • The Power of Mindfulness
  • Meditation - 7 Bases of the Mind

Session 6: 23 May 2012
SHORTCOMINGS IN GENEROSITY

  • Stinginess as an emotion
  • Developing effective generosity
  • Meditation - Visualization w/ mantra

Session 2: 2 May 2012
THINGS THAT DECREASE MENTAL EFFICIENCY

  • Rust in the Mind
  • Dealing with mental impurities
  • Meditation - Visualizing@ centre of body

Session 7: 30 May 2012
SENSUALITY

  • Transcending rather than repressing
  • non-attachment to meditation results & other forms of independence
  • Meditation - Pure Inner Observation

Session 3: 9 May 2012
FAULTS OF IMPLEMENTATION

  • Overcoming Lack of Thoroughness
  • Awakening from the Drunkenness of Life
  • Meditation - Visualizing@ centre of body

Session 8: 6 June 2012
ON ANGER & HATE

  • Nipping anger in the bud
  • demystifying ignorance
  • life attitudes facilitating meditation
  • Meditation - Pure Inner Observation

Session 4: 16 May 2012
SLIPPERY SLOPE OF MATERIALISM

  • Developing Contentment
  • Meditation - Visualization w/ mantra

Session 9: 13 June 2012
EMOTIONS OF THE EGO

  • Arrogance & Self-satisfaction
  • Ingratitude & Blindness to virtue
  • Patience as elixir for all ills
  • Progress towards purity of mind
  • Meditation on Loving Kindness

It would be appreciated if you would reserve your place in advance by submitting the online reservation form to help the organizers estimate numbers for catering and setting out the meditation hall. 

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Last Update: 21-3-2012