2 – 5pm
Suitable for Beginners
with Kadampa Teacher Ben
£12 (adv) or £14 (day)
What is our mind and how does it function? Some people think that the mind is the brain or some other part or function of the body, but this is incorrect. The brain is a physical object that can be seen with the eyes, however the mind cannot be seen with the eyes, therefore the brain is not the mind but simply part of the body.
On this half day course we will explore Buddha’s Mahamudra teachings to understand the location, nature and function of our mind. Through understanding these we can begin to distinguish between disturbed states of mind and peaceful states. Then through spiritual practice we can reduce and eventually completely eradicate our negative states of mind, and replace them with permanent inner peace.
“We often say, ‘My mind, my mind’, but if someone were to ask us, ‘What is your mind’, we would have no correct answer. This is because we do not understand the nature and function of the mind correctly. The nature of the mind is clarity, which means it is something that is empty like space, always lacking form, shape and colour.”
From How to Understand the Mind by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
This workshop also presents the perfect opportunity to learn to meditate, or for those already meditating, to enhance their practice.
It is comprised of two sessions which include guided meditations and a talk, with a break in the middle for afternoon tea.
Book in advance to receive a discounted fee.
If you’d like to add lunch to your advance booking, there is a reduced rate of just £5 for a main meal and a hot drink in the World Peace Cafe. Available from 12 – 1:30pm. A great way to catch up with a friend you may be attending with, or just enjoy lunch in a peaceful and welcoming environment.