Meditation Classes – September 2017 – Happy Mind Happy Life

Usually we find it difficult to control our mind. If things go well our mind is happy, but if they go badly it immediately becomes unhappy. If we get what we want we become excited. On the other hand, if we do not get what we want, or if we lose something that we like, we become despondent or irritated.

Such fluctuations of mood arise because we are too closely involved in the external situation. We are like a child making a sandcastle who is excited when it is first made, but becomes upset when it is destroyed by the incoming tide. By training in meditation we create an inner space that enables us to control our mind regardless of the external circumstances. We develop mental equilibrium, a balanced mind that is happy all the time, rather than an unbalanced mind that oscillates between the extremes of excitement and despondency.

If our mind is peaceful we shall be free from worries and mental discomfort but if our mind is not peaceful we shall find it difficult to be happy even if we are surrounded by the very best conditions.

Odiyana Buddhist Centre is running a 5 week course on finding happiness though meditation. Courses are running all across Cheshire from the week beginning 4th September

For details of venues please select your local areas from the drop down menu.

All of our evening meditation classes are drop in classes and so do not need to be booked.

 

Day Course – Say Goodbye to Stress Saturday 9th September 2017

Stress is the difference between what we want to happen and what is actually happening. Whether we like it or not it is happening. If we can change things then there is no need to get stressed. If we can’t change things then there is also no point in getting stressed.

On this day course we will learn to relax and let go, living lightly and peacefully.

The teacher of the day course is Gen Kelsang Chokyong – Chokyong has been the resident teacher at Odiyana Kadampa Meditation Centre for 15 years. He teaches with great humility and humour. He presents Buddha’s teachings in a practical and down to earth manner, making them accessible to everyone.

 

 

All our day courses start at 10am and run until about 5pm.
They cost £20 per person which includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

BOOKINGS

You can reserve a place on this course by paying a £5 deposit. You can do this by –

– Clicking on this link Booking & Payments

Day Course – The Power of Mindfulness Sunday 1st October 2017

As our minds get busier we are compelled to run around and keep busy. As a result it then becomes harder to sit still and be content. Happiness comes from inner peace. Only when our mind is still and content will we be truly happy and only then will we be able to sit still and enjoy ourself.

On this day course we will learn how to use meditation and mindfulness in our life in order that we are able to live a calm and peaceful life.

The teacher of the day course is Gen Kelsang Lhachog  – an ordained Buddhist nun who has been practising and teaching Buddhism and meditation for over 16 years, living and studying for 8 years at Manjushri KMC. Gen Lhachog teaches through her experience of life which makes Buddha’s teachings so accessible to all. With her warm approach and extensive knowledge of Buddhist teachings, as well as her clear and relaxed manner, she inspires us to practice in our daily lives.

All our day courses start at 10am and run until about 5pm.

They cost £20 per person which includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

BOOKINGS

You can reserve a place on this course by paying a £5 deposit. You can do this by –

– Clicking on this link Booking & Payments

Meditation Workshop Half Day – 9th July 2017

When our mind is peaceful we are free from worries and mental discomfort. If we train our mind to be peaceful we shall be happy all the time. Meditation is a way to develop peace within our mind.

On this half day meditation workshop you will get a chance to get deeper experience and insights into Buddha’s teachings.

The teacher guiding the workshop is Belinda Johnson – Belinda is a very dedicated practitioner. She teaches in a gentle and compassionate way.

The workshop costs just £8.50 and includes tea and coffee. The workshop starts at 10am and runs till 12.30pm.

BOOKINGS

You can reserve a place on this workshop by paying a £5 deposit. You can do this either by –

– Clicking on this link Booking & Payments

– Sending a cheque made payable to Odiyana Kadampa Meditation Centre to 163 Chester Road, Northwich, Cheshire CW8 4AG

Modern Buddhism Classes for Everyone

Modernn Buddhism is an evening class for those wishing to learn more about Buddhism without having to take on the commitments involved with Foundation Programme.

The class covers more Buddhist topics such as karma, rebirth and ultimate truth. It is a great place to start if you wish to deepen your understanding of Buddhism.

The class consists of two short guided meditations and a teaching from the text How to Transform Your Life.

Everyone is welcome to attend these classes. You don’t need to book just turn up.

The class is held at Odiyana Buddhist Centre on Sunday nights at 7pm till 8.15pm. It costs £3.50.

The class will be on on the following dates

Sept – 17th and 24th

Oct – 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th

Nov – 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th

Learn to Meditate – new meditation classes in your area starting April 2017.

We believe that by simply improving external conditions we can be truly happy. Motivated by this belief most countries have made remarkable material progress. However, as we can see, this does not really make us happier or reduce our problems, but instead causes more problems. Our lives are now more complicated and dangerous and we are less happy and more worried.

Without inner peace there is no real happiness at all. The more we control our minds the more our inner peace increases and the happier we become. Therefore the real method to make ourself happy is to control our own mind.

Odiyana Buddhist Centre is running a 6 week course entitled Learn to Meditate. On this course you can learn the actual methods for controlling the mind. PLEASE NOTE HOLMES CHAPEL WILL START THE WEEK BEGINNING 27th APRIL DUE TO THE BANK HOLIDAY.

This course runs from the week beginning 17th April up to and including the week beginning 22nd May.

For details of venues please select your local areas from the drop down menu.

All of our evening meditation classes are drop in classes and so do not need to be booked.

UKDC 14th to 17th April 2017

The UK Dharma Celebration (UKDC) is a special course on Buddhism and meditation that explains how to apply Buddha’s teachings (Dharma) to modern living. The UKDC is a precious opportunity to study and practise the special presentation of modern Buddhism taught by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, the Founder of the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union.

Taught by the National Spiritual Director of the UK Kadam Bridget Heyes, the Celebration is a holiday with a difference – giving you a chance to break free from the hectic routines of daily life and focus on the things that really matter. The UKDC will leave you relaxed, inspired and spiritually re-energised.

Letting go of the past & moving towards a happy future
At 2017’s UKDC over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend (14–17th April), Kadam Bridget will give the traditional blessing empowerment of Buddha Vajrasattva, the Buddha of purification, as well as a series of practical teachings explaining how to rely on him in our busy lives to purify and let go of past mistakes and move forward into a positive future of lasting inner peace and joy.

Everybody is welcome, and no previous experience is necessary.

The UKDC is held at Tara Kadampa Meditation Centre in Derbyshire – a beautiful and peaceful venue which is particularly stunning in the spring-time as the 36 acres of parkland come to life. Close to the M6 and M1 as well as to East Midlands Airport, Tara KMC is easily accessible from throughout the UK and internationally.

To book your place at this event please click on this link UKDC 

Free Ebook – How to Transform your Life

Solve your own and others’ problems
“Through practising the instructions presented in this book we can transform our life from a state of misery into one of pure and everlasting happiness. These instructions are scientific methods to improve our human nature. Everybody needs to be good-natured with a good heart, because in this way we can solve our own problems as well as those of others, and we can make our human life meaningful.”  Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

A Special Present from the Author
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism who has pioneered the introduction of modern Buddhism into contemporary society. He is the author of 22 highly acclaimed books that perfectly transmit the ancient wisdom of Buddhism to our modern world.

“Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso wishes so much for everyone to have access to these special practices that he has requested Tharpa Publications to give this book away freely as an ebook.”

Manuel Rivero-De’Martine – Tharpa Publications Director

To download your free copy of How to Transform Your Life please click on this link
https://howtotyl.com/