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Enlightened Living III (Introduction to Buddhism with meditation)

17 April - 12 June 2012

This nine-week course running from 17 April to 12 June 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 17 April 2012 and consists of nine 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:

Session 1: 17 April 2012

RESTRAINT FROM INTOXICANTS

  • Meditation
  • Avoiding things that undermine our sense of conscience

Session 6: 22 May 2012

GRATITUDE

  • Meditation
  • Appreciating and repaying favours received from others in the past

Session 2: 24 April 2012

NON-RECKLESSNESS IN THE DHAMMA

  • Meditation
  • The power of mindfulness

Session 7: 29 May 2012

LISTENING REGULARLY TO DHAMMA TEACHINGS

  • Meditation
  • Accessing the knowledge necessary for one's further development towards enlightenment

Session 3: 1 May 2012

RESPECT

  • Meditation
  • Seeing the good points in others

Session 8: 5 June 2012

PATIENCE

  • Meditation
  • Maintaining practice for enlightenment in the face of obstacles on four levels

Session 4: 8 May 2012

HUMILITY

  • Meditation
  • Learning not to look down on others

Session 9: 12 June 2012

OPENNESS TO CRITICISM

  • Meditation
  • Overcoming the obstinacy that stands in the way of self-improvement

Session 5: 15 May 2012

CONTENTMENT

  • Meditation
  • Overcoming never-ending needs

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