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How To Meditate | 6- Week Course


Every THU |19:30 - 21:00

with David Ford

  • Ist term 18 - 25 Jan & 1 - 8 - 15 - 22 Feb
  • 2nd term 15 - 22 Mar & 5- 12 - 19 - 26 Apr No class for 29th of Mar (Maundy Thursday)
  • 3rd term 17 May - 12 July


ABOUT THE COURSE

Essentially practical advice on what to do on a cushion or straight backed chair!

This course has been designed for both the beginner and for those practioners who have had some experience of meditation. It will build week-on-week starting with the very basics of how and where to sit and will cover relaxation, stabilising meditations and a variety of analytical mediations. The course will explore both the benefits of practice and some of the problems associated with mediating and building our own private practice.

The analytical mediations will cover a variety of Lam Rim topics including Appreciating our Human Life of Leisure and Opportunity, Mindfulness of Death, Loving Kindness, Impermanence, Equanimity, Emptiness and meditations on the Clarity and Continuity of Mind. It will culminate in a Buddhist Meditation on the Buddha attempting to show how aspects and the insights of all these meditations are included in this one powerful practice.

The course will also look at a number of different non-analytical stabilising meditations including walking mediations and introduce visualisation meditations. Each analytical mediation will be introduced looking at its benefits from both a secular point of view and also examine its place within Buddhist philosophy and practice.

The course is designed to build week-on-week though an attempt has been made to make each week as self-contained as possible. The course does have an associated reading list for those who wish to follow on a more academic basis and each week hand-outs of some of the main points and practices will be distributed.

Whether you consider yourself a meditator, practising Buddhist or somebody just interested in meditation and Buddhism with its insightful view of our condition and the reality in which we inhabit, this course hopes to convey essentially practical advice on how to gently tame and understand your own mind and in doing so claim your own small piece of calm.

The course is essentially practical in nature, attempting to show how these meditations can be developed into tools which will naturally benefit both ourselves and all those around us.


COURSE MATERIAL

Anybody who would like to read a little more will find that 'How to Meditate - A Practical Guide' by Kathleen McDonald makes an excellent companion to the course https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Meditate-Practical-Kathleen-McDonald/dp/0861713419


COURSE FORMAT

Six-weeks course

  • Ist term 18 - 25 Jan & 1 - 8 - 15 - 22 Feb
  • 2nd term 15 - 22 Mar & 5- 12 - 19 - 26 Apr No class for 29th of Mar (Maundy Thursday)
  • 3rd term 17 May - 12 July

N.B. The same course is repeated every 6-week, so no prob if you missed a class. You can catch up on the next course!

Suitable for getting started with Buddhist study and for those who want to refresh their understanding. People of any faith or background are welcome.



CLASS LEADER

David Ford

David, initially trained as an accountant and computer programmer and later as a professional gardener, he has practised meditation from an early age but was first taught specifically Buddhist Mahayana meditations during the residential 10 day introduction course at the FPMT’s Tushita Meditation Centre in 1996. Since then he has studied the FPMT’s Discovering Buddhism course and is a graduate of Geshe Tashi’s, Foundations Of Buddhist Thought. He regularly co-led the Monday night Meditation and Relaxation at Jamyang from 2002 – 2007 and has helped lead a number of modules of other courses offered at Jamyang. David has been teaching a How To Mediate course at Jamyang since 2007. Ex-Trustee and Treasurer of Jamyang and sometime Jamyang gardener, David’s relaxed style aims to encourage everybody to share his fascination and enthusiasm for the gentle practice of meditation.


BOOKING INFO

Dharma teachings run on a 'Generosity model', completely on voluntary donations. By donating you will help create the conditions for the teachings to be available, the meals to be served, accommodations to be clean, for the doors to be open and the lights on. Therefore people of any faith or background are welcome.
Suggested donation £10.

Suitable for getting started with Buddhist study and for those who want to refresh their understanding.

Booking is not mandatory but highly recommended it because Jamyang can give you a better service

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