Guided Lamrim Retreat – 19th to 24th January 2020

Odiyana Centre are delighted to be holding a 1 week guided Lamrim retreat from 19th to 24th January 2020. This is open to everyone who wishes to take refuge from the busyness and stress of the modern world.

The meditation sessions will be easily accessible and suitable for beginners. They will focus on such things as love, the kindness of others and compassion. Each session will be guided by Bruce Robinson


Bruce Robinson – Bruce has been a sincere Buddhist practitioner for many years. He has a soft and gentle approach that lends itself beautifully to this meditation retreat.

The sessions will be every day at 7am, 11am, 4pm and 7pm and are free.

You do not have to attend every session just those you are able to.

The retreat is completely free to attend.

Saturday 13th June 2020 – Half Day Course – Learning to Let Go

All living beings have the same basic wish to be happy & to avoid suffering but very few people understand the real causes of happiness & suffering. The real source of happiness is inner peace. In our attempt to control the world we often suffer from stress, anger & unhappiness. By learning to let go we can develop a calm peaceful mind & experience a lasting happiness free from problems

On this day course we will learn how to let go and live our lives free from stress and unhappiness

The course will consist of 2 sessions 10-11.30am & 12-1.30pm

The teacher of this day course is Gen Kelsang Chokyong – Chokyong has been the resident teacher at Odiyana Kadampa Meditation Centre since 2001. 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.

Due to the current Corona virus lockdown this course will take place via live video stream.

Booking

The course will be streamed through Zoom. To register and pay through Paypal – please click here

The cost is £10 per person.

If you have any technical problems relating to registering for or joining the course please contact us at livestream@meditationincheshire.org or call 07421 878559.

Saturday 2nd May 2020 – Half Day Course – Stop Worrying Start Living

Worry and stress are becoming a very common symptom of modern life. Many people suffer from worry and stress at some time in their life.

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 half day course learn to understand why we develop this habitual and unhelpful response and how we can replace it with a deep sense of peace

The teacher of this 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.

The course will consist of 2 sessions 10-11.30am & 12-1.30pm

Due to the current Corona virus lockdown this course will take place via live video stream.

Booking

The course will be streamed through Zoom. To register and pay through Paypal – please click here

The cost is £10 per person.

If you have any technical problems relating to registering for or joining the course please contact us at livestream@meditationincheshire.org or call 07421 878559.

Saturday 11th July 2020 – Half Day Inner Peace Retreat

Happiness and suffering are states of mind and their main cause cannot be found outside the mind. The real cause of happiness is inner peace. If our mind is peaceful we shall be happy all the time regardless of external conditions. If our mind is disturbed or troubled in any way we shall never be happy no matter how good our external conditions are.

This half day retreat is a chance for us to use meditation to develop peaceful and happy minds. We can then carry this peace through our day and eventually our whole life.

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The teacher of this meditation retreat is Bruce Robinson – Bruce has been a sincere Buddhist practitioner for many years. He has a soft and gentle approach that lends itself beautifully to this meditation retreat.

The retreat will be in two sessions 10am till 11am and 11.30am till 12.30pm

Due to the current Corona virus lockdown this retreat will take place via live video stream.

Booking

The retreat will be streamed through Zoom. To register and pay through Paypal – please click here

The cost is £10 per person.

If you have any technical problems relating to registering for or joining the course please contact us at livestream@meditationincheshire.org or call 07421 878559.

Saturday 11th April 2020 – Children’s Half Day Workshop

This course is aimed at children.

Meditation is a powerful method to make ourselves happy and reduce our stress levels. This is essential not just for adults but children to who are now faced with more stress and pressure than ever before. If we can teach our children how to control their minds and make themselves peaceful inside then we are giving them the most precious gift to take with them in their journey through life – the ability to make themselves happy all the time .

On this children’s half day course we will all learn how to meditate and keep our mind peaceful even when things are going wrong.

The teachers on this course will be – Diane Batterton and Dawn Vickery

Both Diane and Dawn are qualified school teachers with years of experience working with children. They are both fun and engaging

They are both dedicated Buddhist practitioners studying on Teacher Training Programme and are insightful and enthusiastic. Both work as part of the Education Team at Odiyana KMC and are valued and dedicated members of the centre.

All our meditation workshops start at 10am and run until 12.30pm
They cost £5 per adult and £3.50 per child which includes refreshments.

BOOKINGS

You can reserve a place on this course by paying a £3.50 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

Saturday 14th March 2020 – The Blessing Empowerment of Buddha Maitreya

Buddha Maitreya is the manifestation of the loving kindness of all Buddhas and if we rely on him with faith we will receive his special care in this and all our future lives.

We all have the potential within us for limitless love, by taking this empowerment we can start to ripen this potential

This Empowerment is an opportunity to receive the special blessing empowerment of Buddha Maitreya and to receive teachings on how to develop the mind of limitless love.

The Empowerment starts at 10am 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

Saturday 15th February 2020 – Day Course – The Four Nobel Truths


Even though humans seek happiness all the time it constantly eludes them & even though they try to avoid suffering all the time it falls down on them like rain.

On this course we learn Buddha’s most profound explanation of what causes our suffering & how to abandon it.

The teacher of this day course is Kadam Mike Garside – Kadam  Mike Garside  is the Resident Teacher at KMC Wales, he has been practising and teaching Kadampa Buddhism in the UK and Spain for over 30 years, living in many New Kadampa Tradition Centres during that time.  Mike engaged in long retreat with Venerable Geshe-la at Tharpaland International Retreat Centre from 1986 to 1989 and contributed to the editing of many of his books.  Mike is known amongst his students for his approachability, deeply insightful and inspiring teachings, and his love for meditation and  exploring the meaning of the teachings through discussion.

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 Kadampa Meditation Centre to 163 Chester Road, Northwich, Cheshire CW8 4AG8



Saturday 18th January 2020 – Half Day Course – Feeling Connected to Others

Our instinctive view is that we are more important than everyone else. This view causes us to get upset whenever our wishes aren’t fulfilled & often brings us into conflict with others. Developing the view that thinks other people’s happiness is just as important as my own allows us to develop very close harmonious relationships with others & solves many of our problems.

On this day course we will learn how to truly connect with others through a kind and loving heart  

The teacher of this day course is Bruce Robinson – Bruce has been a sincere Buddhist practitioner for many years. He has a soft and gentle approach that lends itself beautifully to this meditation workshop.

All our meditation workshops start at 10am and run until 12.30pm
They cost £8.50 per person which includes refreshments.

BOOKINGS

You can reserve a place on this course by paying a £3.50 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 Meditation Classes – How to Solve Our Human Problems – October 2019

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. Anger is one of our most common and destructive states of mind. It afflicts our mind almost every day. To solve the problem of anger we first need to recognise the anger within our own mind, acknowledge how it harms both ourself and others, and appreciate the benefits of being patient in the face of difficulties. We then need to apply practical methods in our daily life to reduce our anger and finally to prevent it from arising at all.

Odiyana Buddhist Centre is running an eight week course explaining how to recognise, reduce and finally eliminate anger from our mind and how to develop and maintain a patient and peaceful mind. Only then will we have real freedom.

For details of nights and venues please click on the drop down menu – Meditation Classes – Weekly Classes