Tuesday Evening Class on
Enlightened Living (The Mangala Sutta)

This ten-week course running from 18 October to 20 December 2011 includes basic meditation skills and an introduction to practical aspects of Buddhist lifestyle and ethics. The course selects and sequences practical virtues from Buddhism starting with easy ones and working towards the more challenging. The Thai equivalent to this course is the basis of an examination in which over four million students and teachers partake annually. This course will be pertinent to Buddhists or those interested in Buddhism wishing to supplement or consolidate their knowledge of lifestyle-related Buddhist teachings. More than just academic knowledge, the content of the course can be put into practice in everyday life. In so doing, it forms a pathway of practice that leads the student all ther way from simple tasks like choosing one’s friends, through the minefields of our working and family lives to the lofty heights of the stages of enlightenment.

The course will be held weekly at the Northwest Centre for Buddhist Meditation in Stockport, every Tuesday evening from 7.30 - 9.30p.m. and is aimed at those who have already followed the beginners meditation course at the centre. The course starts on 18 October 2011 and consists of ten 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
BSc. MA, 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 people who can already meditation without help. The meditation session will last for one hour. After a break, a half-an-hour talk will be spent on the Buddhist headings as follows:

 

Session 1: 18 October 2011
ORIENTATION 

  • Meditation
  • Introduction to the spiritual training system of the Manual of Peace 

Session 2: 25 October 2011
WITH FRIENDS LIKE THIS . . . 

  • Meditation
  • Identifying the people who habitually have unwholesome behaviours and making the first step towards virtue by avoiding such people

Session 3: 1 November 2011
THE NOBLE FRIEND

  • Meditation
  • Associating with people who are habitually wholesome

Session 4: 8 November 2011
THE HERO IN ONE’S HEART

  • Meditation
  • Honouring those who are habitually good so we can start to observe the faults in ourselves by comparison with the higher virtue of those who are worthy of respect.

Session 5: 15 November 2011
BUDDHIST FENG SHUI

  • Meditation
  • The ‘nurture’ influences of the environment on the development of our discretion.

Session 6: 22 November 2011
STORE OF MERIT IN ONE’S PAST

  • Meditation
  • The ‘nature’ influences on the development of our discretion.

Session 7: 29 November 2011
FINDING PURPOSE IN YOUR LIFE

  • Meditation
  • Having a clear aim or purpose in one’s life

Session 8: 6 December 2011
LEARNEDNESS

  • Meditation
  • Having the knowledge not only offer something to society and becoming capable of independent means.

Session 9: 13 December 2011
CRAFTSMANSHIP

  • Meditation
  • Having the skills not only offer something to society and becoming capable of independent means.

     Session 10: 20 December 2011
SAYING IT RIGHT

  • Meditation
  • Sociable application of our abilities through the things that we say
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: 11-7-2011