Day time Meditation Classes 2017

The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful. When our mind is peaceful we are free from worry, stress and mental discomfort and we experience pure happiness. If we train our mind to become peaceful we will be happy all the time regardless of external situations but if our mind is not peaceful we will not be happy even in the best external conditions.

This lunchtime class is an excellent opportunity to explore meditation and to take the benefits of a peaceful mind out  with you into your busy daily life and to see the benefits directly

The classes will include a guided meditation so you can experience for yourself the peace and freedom of a positive and undistracted mind.

Everyone is welcome.

We are running classes on Wednesday and Friday lunch times at 12.30pm Odiyana Kadampa Meditation Centre, Northwich.

CLASS DATES

October – 4th, 6th, 11th, 13th, 18th, 20th, 25th and 27th

November – 1st, 3rd, 15th, 17th, 22nd and 24th

December – 6th, 8th, 13th and 15th.

Vajrasattva Empowerment Saturday 28th October 2017

Buddha Vajrasattva is the manifestation of the completely pure mind of all the Buddhas. The empowerment is a special blessing ceremony where we make a deep connection with Buddha Vajrasattva’s enlightened mind. Through this we will receive the purifying blessings of this healing Buddha and have the opportunity to completely free our mind from the negativities and wounds of the past.

During the empowerment and related commentary, Gen Kelsang Chokyong will teach us how we can swiftly purify our mind and profoundly improve our lives, enabling us to actualise our potential for lasting freedom and happiness.

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

New Years Eve Prayers for World Peace 31st December 2017

The end of the year is a time when we look back and reflect on the events of the year. The last few years have seen the world change dramatically, often for the worse. There have been many natural disasters, wars and acts of terrorism. Each year the world becomes a more frightening place to live in.

 

However we mustn’t forget that there is also a lot of good in the world. Everyday people show extraordinary kindness to others. Mothers putting their children’s happiness before their own, people helping their friends – worrying about them and consoling them when they are sad. If we are to have world peace we need to remember the good in the world because this is the foundation from which world peace will grow.

 

Odiyana Kadampa Meditation Centre is hosting an evening event – ‘Prayers for World Peace’ at Odiyana Kadampa Meditation Centre, 163 Chester Road, Northwich on New Years Eve.

The evening begins at 7.30pm with hot punch (non-alcoholic). This will be followed by a teaching and meditation on how it is possible to achieve peace throughout our world. The teaching and meditation will be given by Buddhist monk, Kelsang Chokyong. After this there will be a delicious three course Thai meal with time to chat and meet like minded people. We will see in the New Year with a candle lit vigil dedicated for world peace and happiness.

 

Tickets are £30 per person and need to be booked in advance with a £10 deposit. Limited places available.

To book please click on this link BOOKING

Meditation Classes Overcoming Anger October to December 2017

In recent years our knowledge of modern technology has increased considerably and as a result we have witnessed remarkable material progress, but there has not been a corresponding increase in human happiness. There is no less suffering in the world today and there are no fewer problems. This shows that the cause of happiness does not lie in external objects. Happiness and suffering are states of mind and their main causes cannot be found outside the mind.

 

When things go wrong in our life and we encounter difficult situations, we tend to regard the situation itself as our problem, but in reality whatever problems we experience come from the side of the mind. If we were to respond to difficult situations with a peaceful and positive mind they would not be problems for us. We may even regard them as challenges or opportunities for growth. Problems arise only if we respond to difficulties with a negative state of mind. Therefore if we want to be free from problems we must transform our mind.

 

We are like servants of our mind. Whenever it wants to do something we have to do it without choice. We are completely under the control of our mind. Odiyana Kadampa Meditation Centre is running a seven-week course explaining how to reverse this situation and gain control over our mind. Only then will we have real freedom.

Odiyana Kadampa Meditation Centre is running a 7 week course on overcoming anger though meditation. Courses are running all across Cheshire from the week beginning 23rd October to 4th December 2017.

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.

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