Believe in Change: Introducing Meditation and Buddhism

Believe in Change: Our Monday 6-week course in meditation and Buddhism.
Six sessions, 17.30-19.00 each. The next block begins on Monday 7th September and will go on to 12th October. The classes will be held in person (not online).
BY PRE-BOOKING ONLY! Very sorry, we will not be able to admit anyone who hasn’t booked. For booking see below.
The course is by voluntary donation which you can make when you arrive.
The sessions will give you:
– two very effective kinds of daily meditation for calm and positivity
– an introduction to real, radical mindfulness, as originally taught by the Buddha
– ethical tools for transforming yourself and the world
– liberating reflections taught by the Buddha on life and reality
– a taste of the sense of belonging as part of a spiritual community.
COVID-19: The Centre will be taking all necessary measures to reduce risks of Covid-19 transmission, including social distancing and ventilation. You will be asked to bring a face mask. Please do not book if you are over 70 or at high risk. 
Booking is for all six sessions. Capacity is limited, so please book if, as far as you know, you are able and willing to coming to all six sessions.

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/believe-in-change-6-week-cha…

What is Buddhism?

♦ a path towards fearlessness, clarity of mind and positive emotion
♦ a radical way of changing the world, starting with ourselves
♦ a journey towards greater happiness and sense of meaning in life
♦ founded on our own experience and exploration, not blind belief.

What is Meditation?

♥ a way of becoming more aware of ourselves – our body, mind and emotional responses
♥ a way of developing greater kindness and patience
♥ a way of deepening our understanding of life and insight into reality
♥ a way of finding peace and relaxation
♥ something that begins to give benefits quickly and can have life-changing effects.

Notes and Resources

Week One Key Points: Three transformative ideas to work with. (1) We can change. (2) Happiness comes from inside, not from outer things. (3) We are deeply interconnected with others and the world around us.

Week One Actions: (1) Make one small change to your routine this week. (2) Try some meditation on your own. (3) Take some time to think about the three transformative ideas and whether you have experience of them in your own life.

A helpful down to earth video on meditation posture from Surata.

A 10-minute video leading through the Mindfulness of Breathing meditation from Bodhipaksa.

A ten-minute podcast on happiness from Maitreyabandhu.