Happiness is something that each one of us has the potential to experience, but often our habitual ways of thinking take us in the opposite direction. This engaging 4-week mindfulness series will teach critical lessons about some of the habits of happy people that will enrich your life’s experience. We will explore several meditations and ways of thinking that uplift the mind and how by carrying these with mindfulness into our day we can maintain a light, joyful attitude whatever life throws our way. Everyone is welcome to attend this series of classes. No previous experience necessary.
“Without contentment, a rich man will think he is poor”- Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. By learning to be happy with what we have we can overcome our overwhelming dissatisfaction, simplify our life and be able to focus more easily on internal changes.
In this class, we will learn how to maintain a calm and joyful mind even in the most challenging circumstances through applying Buddha’s teachings on patient acceptance.
It is very easy to allow our mind to focus in ways that are contradictory with our basic wish to be happy. This class will explore teachings and meditations that enable us to keep a positive mind and overcome negative thoughts such as jealousy, competitiveness and discouragement.
We can get so stuck focusing on the negative that we can forget to appreciate all the benefit we receive from others. By maintaining an awareness of the kindness of others in our life we can keep a positive, grateful mind that will make us more warm and well disposed towards others and protect us from unhappy thoughts.
note: starting from 8th Jan 2018
Mon: 8-9pm with Sam, £5
Tues: 7.30-9pm with Gen Lhachog, £6
Thur: 7.30-9pm with Jeff, £6
Fri: 11am-12pm with Sean, £5
note: starting from 2nd Jan 2018
Tues: 5.45-6.45Pm with Sean, £5
Thur: 7-8.15pm with Gen Lhachog, £6 BOOK ALL FOUR
note: starting from 9th Jan 2018
Tues: 7.30-8.30pm ~ CHEADLE Library, Ashfield Rd
Weds: 7-8pm ~ GREENMOUNT United Reformed Church
Thur: 7.30-8.30pm PRESTWICH Creative Living Centre
Fri: 7 – 8pm ASHTON-U-LYNE Claire Wray Beauty & Holistic Centre
All of these classes are £5 and drop in
Many people suffer from low self- esteem and lack of self-confidence. Such non-productive ways of thinking can greatly hinder our quality of life, as well as prevent us from being able to move forward or realize our spiritual potential. During this course we will learn how to develop authentic self-confidence through training in meditation and adopting new ways of thinking.
The teachings given will be based on several verses from the ancient Buddhist poem, ‘Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life’, by the Indian meditator, Shantideva, which reveals the extraordinary confidence of someone who has gained control over their own mind.
Self-Confidence Vs Self-Importance
Discover the difference between these two minds and how to maintain powerful confidence while remaining a humble and respectful attitude towards others.
Relating to our Potential
Buddha taught that within each of us lies the potential for limitless love, compassion and wisdom called our “Buddha nature” that exists even when our mind is at its most negative state.
Normally our mind is pulled here and there by circumstances, good or bad conditions, criticism and blame. In this class, we will discover how to take control over our mind and develop an unshakeable inner strength that is not so easily perturbed.
Facing our Demons
This class will be based on powerful verses from Shantideva that reveal how to wage war against the inner enemies of anger, attachment and ignorance so that we can be victorious over our negativity and reach lasting happiness.