We live in challenging times and it becomes more and more important to have tools to respond to it in a way that will lead to more happiness and kindness, rather than more anxiety, overwhelm and anger.
This course consists of 6 Wednesday evenings offering and practising ways to more skilfully navigate the conditions that life presents us with.
This is for people who want to know more about the Buddhist teachings on ethics and how to apply these in daily life.
During this course we will be looking at each of the Buddhist precepts. We will explore how actions hang together with states of mind, and how these actions and states of mind may affect our lives.
The precepts are:
1. Not killing or causing harm to other living beings.
2. Not taking the not-given.
3. Avoiding sexual misconduct.
4. Avoiding false speech.
5. Abstaining from drink and drugs that cloud the mind.
This is a practical course and there is quite a bit of emphasis on home practice: practising with particular topics during the week and then coming back to discuss our findings.
Every session will start with a short guided sit, but previous experience with meditation is not essential for this course. The course can be a good follow-up for the introduction to Buddhism course or it can be used as a fresh introduction to Buddhist ethics.