Green Tara Empowerment – Saturday 27th October 2018

Arya Tara is a female Buddha who is a manifestation of the wind element of all the Buddhas. Since the wind element is the nature of movement Arya Tara is very swift in helping and protecting us. “Tara” means rescuer; If we rely on Tara with strong faith she will care for us throughout this life and all our future lives.

This empowerment is an opportunity to make a strong connection with Arya Tara and receive her powerful blessings.

The Empowerment starts at 9.45am and runs until about 5pm. The cost is £25 per person which includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

You can reserve a place on this course 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

How to Develop True Self Confidence – Day Course – Sunday 30th September 2018

Self-confidence and self-esteem are rare qualities and very few people possess these. As a result we experience many problems and miss many opportunities. Usually not because we lack good qualities but because we lack self-confidence.

On this day course we will learn how to develop true and deep self-confidence.

The teacher of this course will be Gen Kelsang Lekma – Gen Kelsang Lekma is a close disciple of the Founder of our tradition Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. She is a senior Buddhist nun with more than 25 years of experience and she has taught in England and the United States for much of this time.She is a very popular and experienced teacher and her clear and entertaining talks express the path of wisdom and meditation in a way that is ideally suited for people of the modern world. She is greatly cherished by her students for her warm, light and wise example.

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 either by –

– Clicking on this link Booking & Payments

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

New meditation classes – Good Advice – Starting in June 2018

All living beings have the same basic wish to be happy and avoid suffering, but very few people understand the real causes of happiness and suffering. We generally believe that external conditions such as food, friends, cars and money are the real causes of happiness, and as a result we devote nearly all our time and energy to acquiring these. Superficially it seems that these things can make us happy, but if we look deeper we shall see that they can also bring us a lot of suffering.

Happiness and suffering are states of mind, and so their main causes cannot be found outside the mind. The real source of happiness is inner peace. If our mind is peaceful, we shall be happy all the time, regardless of external conditions, but if it is disturbed or troubled in any way, we shall never be happy, no matter how good our external situations may be. External conditions can only make us happy if our mind is peaceful. We can understand this through our own experience. For instance, even if we are in the most beautiful surroundings and have everything we need, the moment we get angry any happiness we may have disappears. This is because anger has destroyed our inner peace. If we want true, lasting happiness we need to develop and maintain a special experience of inner peace. The only way to do this is by training our mind, gradually reducing and eliminating our negative, disturbed states of mind and replacing them with positive, peaceful states.

 

This course is based on teachings given in Tibet in the 11th century by an Indian Buddhist master called Atisha. It was a very dark time in Tibetan history & people’s minds were very disturbed & uncontrolled. The king of Tibet invited Atisha to come from India to give teachings that would help the people tame their minds. These teachings were very successful & Atisha decided he no longer needed to stay in Tibet. As he was leaving he was asked to give one final teaching. That teaching was called Advice from Atisha’s heart., It is one of the most profound teaching on training the mind ever given. It helped people to control their minds & find deep lasting happiness then & one thousand years later it is still just as effective.

 

Odiyana Kadampa Meditation Centre is running a 6 week course entitled Good Advice. The course will be held in your local area.

For details of class venues and evenings please click on Meditation Classes, Evening Classes and then select the area in which you live.

Say Goodbye to Stress – Day Course – Sunday 9th September 2018

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 on this day course will be Gen Kelsang Jigme. Gen Kelsang Jigme was ordained in 1997 by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and has studied, practised and taught Kadampa Buddhism under Geshe Kelsang’s guidance for many years. He shows a humble, kind example as a practitioner and his clear explanations of Buddha’s teachings give us the confidence to practise them in our daily life.

 

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 either by –

– Clicking on this link Booking & Payments

Half Day Meditation Retreat – Saturday 7th July 2018

here is no better way to give yourself a break from the daily routine  and reassess your life, than by engaging in a meditation retreat. The meditation retreat introduces simple meditation techniques that help us to develop peace of mind. The course includes practical advice on how to maintain the experience of inner peace in daily life, and time to discuss the ideas presented.

The teacher of this meditation retreat is Liz Neale – Has been a sincere practitioner for many years with a wealth of experience of putting these teachings into practice.

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

Learn to Meditate – New meditation classes – April – May 2018

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 7 week course entitled Discover Meditation. On this course you can learn the actual methods for controlling the mind

 

Each class comprises 2 meditations and a talk, then discussion over tea and biscuits.

There are classes all across Cheshire and Wrexham

 

 

The Power of Mindfulness – Day Course – 17th June 2018

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 this 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 either by –

– Clicking on this link Booking & Payments

The Way Things Really Are – Day Course – 6th May 2018

How do things really exist? Are things as solid and real as they seem?
Emptiness is the way that things really are.
It is the way things exist as opposed to the way that they appear to exist.
There is no greater method for experiencing peace of mind and happiness than to understand and meditate on emptiness.

On this day course learn how to experience deep lasting happiness through meditation on emptiness.

 

The teacher of the day course is Gen Kelsang Pagpa – was ordained in 1995 and has been at Vajravarahi Meditation Centre in Preston ever since. He is well known for his warm and compassionate nature and his ability to present Buddha’s teachings in a clear and practical way.

 

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 either by –

– Clicking on this link Booking & Payments

– Calling Odiyana Centre on 01606 77034

Love Changes Everything – Day Course – 14th April 2018

Pure love never causes pain. Love is a mind that just wishes others to be happy. The pain comes from attachment to & dependency on another person. On this day course learn to distinguish between love & attachment.

On this day course we will explore the real nature of love and of pain, and how to use this understanding to improve and deepen our relationship with others.

The teacher of this day course is Marie Hampson – Marie’s joyful nature makes her a pleasure to listen to. She presents Buddha’s teachings in a very practical way.

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 either by –

– Clicking on this link Booking & Payments

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

New Evening Meditation Classes

HOW TO TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE

Since the world evolved, human beings have spent almost all their time & energy improving external conditions in their search for happiness and solutions to their problems. What has been the result? Instead of their wishes being fulfilled, human suffering & problems have continued to increase while the experience of happiness and peace is decreasing. This clearly shows that we have not found a correct method for reducing our problems and increasing our happiness. The correct method is to change our attitude especially our uncontrolled desires.

Inner peace is the source of all our happiness. Although all living beings have the same basic wish to be happy and avoid suffering, very few people understand the real causes of happiness. We usually believe that external conditions such as money, friends and cars are the real causes of happiness but this cannot be true because many wealthy people with many cars, friends and much wealth are very unhappy. The real source of happiness is inner peace, if our mind is peaceful we will be happy regardless of our external conditions but if it is disturbed in any way we will never find happiness however good our external conditions are. External conditions can only make us happy if our mind is peaceful. We need to learn and understand this through our own experience. The way to do this is to learn to train our mind and bring it under control through meditation.

Odiyana Kadampa Meditation Centre is running a 9 week course on How to Transform your Life through the power of meditation. The course runs from Monday 15th January up to and including the week beginning 12th March.

For details of local classes please select the town closest to you from our drop down menu.