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This ten-week course running from 7 February to 10 April 2012 introduces 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. The 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 doing so, it forms a pathway of practice that leads the student all the way from simple tasks like choosing of friends, through the minefields of working and family life, to the lofty heights of the stages of enlightenment.

The course will be held at the Northwest Centre for Buddhist Meditation in Stockport, Greater Manchester - and is aimed at those who have already followed the beginners meditation course at the centre.

The course will be held weekly, every Tuesday evening from 7.30 - 9.30p.m. The course starts on 7 February 2012 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 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 people who can already meditate 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:

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Session 1: 7 February 2012

  • Meditation
  • Filial piety

Session 6: 13 March 2012

  • Meditation
  • Practising Dhamma

Session 2: 14 February 2012

  • Meditation
  • Bringing up children

Session 7: 20 March 2012

  • Meditation
  • Looking after extended family

Session 3: 21 February 2012

  • Meditation
  • The Married Life

Session 8: 27 March 2012

  • Meditation
  • Blameless work

Session 4: 28 February 2012

  • Meditation
  • Not letting work pile up

Session 9: 3 April 2012

  • Meditation
  • Abstaining from unwholesomeness

Session 5: 6 March 2012

  • Meditation
  • The practice of generosity

Session 10: 10 April 2012

  • Meditation
  • Restraint from intoxicants
It would be appreciated if you would reserve your place in advance by submitting the online reservation form to help the organisers estimate numbers for catering and setting out of the meditation hall.