Home is where the Mind is: A Mindfulness Course
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- Start Date and Time : 03/05/2016 07:00 pm
- Finish Date and Time : 31/05/2016 09:00 pm
- Event Speaker : Bhante Pandit
- Enquiries or Contact : Buddhist Library 02 9519 6054 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Organising Entity : Buddhist Library and Meditation Centre
Learn how to find your inner “home”, a place in which Pandit Bhikku believes is with us at all times. A place within, a place that can be found with practice and right mindfulness.
Mindfulness is currently being taught in governments, schools, secular retreat centers and other places. The concept of mindfulness derives from early Buddhist texts and traditions, but in recent years it has become more of a therapeutic tool. Would you like to learn more about the roots and traditional perspectives of Mindfulness?
Pandit will explore how Buddhism translates into mindfulness, and how it can be experienced in the original context yet for greatest benefit to your life today, particularly for 21st Century living.
Over the course of the 5 weeks this will be explored through engaging talks, Q&A, practice, story-telling and personal recounts that will be both insightful and meaningful to any attendee – no prior experience required.
Join us at the Buddhist Library for this journey into mindful living with Pandit Bhikku!
Five Tuesdays, 7pm-9pm
3rd May: A Matter of Mindfulness
It has become the keyword in modern psychology, and has been the cornerstone of Buddhist Insight Meditation for 2500 years: Mindfulness. An open awareness that seeks to accept, console, reconcile and deliver through Wisdom. A guardian over the mind that develops emotional security and confidence, and a firm understanding of what is you, and what is not you.
10th May: Meditate because You Want to
Mindfulness and meditation are the current watchword of psychology.It comes from Buddhism, but has become increasingly secularised. Practically every health or yoga magazine these days carries an article on the miracle of mindfulness. Heart rate, stress, cortisol levels, even gene expression whatever that is. All are said to improve with meditation. All good reasons to meditate. But what about the best reason of all? Meditate just because you want to.
17th May: The Gatekeeper
What makes for a ‘good’ quality that one should develop? We all can name qualities like patience, compassion etc.. that would be good to possess and expand, but there needs to be a clear technique, a methodology for translating the vague intention into a genuine change of your being. How much of your ‘self’ needs to be let go of, and how much should be trained and developed? Rather than trying to solve all your life’s problems, let Mindfulness take the role of a Gatekeeper.
24th May: Mindfulness, The Queen Bee
Our modern age has become too academic, and too calculating. Why not return to the proven system from thousands of years of human history and tell a story instead. We will look at where faerie tales come from, why they are good for children, how they are good for adults, and the amazing ‘stickiness’ of their motifs. We will look at how story can frame a business plan or help to raise a child in a good way.
Then we will open up the famous Queen Bee faerie tale. Don’t be fooled. the breakdown of the story is not for children. For adults, understanding the motifs and elements is as fascinating as it is entertaining. The Queen Bee is itself full of life lessons.
31st May: The End of the World
Nothing to do with Global Warming – the world arises in this fathom-length body, and ends right there too. Buddha’s enigmatic statement: If you have seen the arising of the world, you can’t say it is illusion. If you have seen the end of the world, you can’t say it is real. When everything is brought home and immediate with mindfulness, the characteristics of existence become clear.
Pandit Bhikkhu is a British born ordained Buddhist monk who lives and works from Bangkok. While Pandit was searching aimlessly one day for something to read in a quiet library, he came across a book on Buddhism, and was inspired to investigate further on the topic. After having completed a number of meditation retreats in the UK, he entered the temple at the age of 24, and finally taking full ordination in Thailand in 1996. Since then he took a degree in Psychology and is completed a Masters in Buddhist Studies at Mahaculalongkorn University, just north of Bangkok.
Having had experience in meditation styles of Mahasi Sayadaw, Ajahn Chah, Dhammakaya and some Tibetan, Pandit Bhikku claims no lineage other than Buddhism. His own approach uses reflection on the six senses to hold the mind in empty alert awareness, but there are various techniques that are useful at different times in one’s practice. So long as you are making an effort, with the right goal in mind, progress will be made.
All Sessions by Dana.
Dana is the traditional practice of generosity, the extending of one’s goodwill, which is fundamental to Buddhism and other spiritual traditions. The teachings flourish in an atmosphere of generosity and gratitude, and these qualities in turn support the growth of wisdom and compassion in the practitioner. The instructions and guidance for this course are offered without requesting a specified fee and it is up to individuals to determine the amount of dana they would like to offer. It can sometimes be easy to become confused when we are new to this and we wonder “how much should I give?” This is a relevant question in the material economy but an appropriate dana cannot be prescribed but requires sensitivity to its intent and awareness of the costs and expenses associated with organising a course (e.g., administrative & venue costs). You are welcome to ask for a receipt for your dana which is tax deductible.