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This ten-week course running from 8 February to 11 April 2012 introduces aspects of transforming our everyday lives that facilitate application of meditation 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 8 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 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: 8 February 2012
SELF-TRANSFORMATION - STARTING OVER

  • Meditation - 7 Bases of the Mind
  • Orientation
  • Models of Transformation
  • Challenges for the self-cultivator

Session 6: 14 March 2012
GETTING ALONG WITH OTHERS

  • Meditation - visualization w/o mantra
  • Emotional bank accounts
  • Keeping even the friends you must criticise
  • Kind speech, helping hand & constancy

Session 2: 15 February 2012
WHAT YOU'RE LETTING YOURSELF IN FOR

  • Meditation - 7 Bases of the Mind
  • What to change about yourself
  • Coping with what you can't yet change
  • Asessing your potential to change things

Session 7: 21 March 2012
INTEGRATING INNER & OUTER LIFE

  • Meditation - Pure Inner Observation
  • How everyday life relates to meditation
  • The Buddhist wisdom of the Eightfold Path

Session 3: 22 February 2012
WHAT YOU'RE UP AGAINST

  • Meditation - visualization w/mantra
  • Nasty things that happen each time you try to do something good...
  • Learning not to put the blame on others

Session 8: 28 March 2012
PERFECTIONISM & COMMITMENT

  • Meditation - Pure Inner Observation
  • Personal Integrity
  • Perfectionism in the workplace, study, relationships & the cultivation of virtue

Session 4: 29 February 2012
USING CONSUMERISM AS A TRAINING

  • Meditation - Visualization w/ mantra
  • Avoiding unwholesomeness is only a start
  • Is moderation always the answer?

Session 9: 4 April 2012
RATIONING UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

  • Meditation on Loving Kindness
  • Close family, extended family
  • Neighbourliness makes the world go round
  • Reciprocal duties for the 6 main social groups

Session 5: 7 March 2012
STRATEGIES FOR YOUR DECISIONS

  • Meditation - visualization w/o mantra
  • Different personal perspectives on any action
  • Personal, interpersonal & social issues
  • 10 ways to make a decision

Session 10: 11 April 2012
RELUCTANT PATHWAY TO LEADERSHIP

  • Meditation on loving-kindness
  • 3 levels of responsibility for human dignity
  • Minimum social unit & social structure
  • debriefing
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.