New meditation classes starting week beginning April 8th to May 23rd 2019.

MEDITATIONS FOR A HAPPY LIFE

What exactly is it that we need to have a happy life? We need a happy mind. So many problems are created by our mind. We don’t realize the role our mind plays in projecting itself onto external situations. If our mind is negative or unhappy it will project an unpleasant world, if it is happy it will project a pleasant world.

Our desires are changing all the time and this adds to our unhappiness and discontentment. We may become unhappy because we are lonely so we surround ourselves with people resulting in us not being able to find the time to be alone, this then makes us stressed and unhappy. We may be unhappy because we can’t find work but once we get a job we feel stressed as we have too much work. We may feel depressed as our dreams aren’t fulfilled or once fulfilled they leave us feeling hollow & empty. We may lack success or become overwhelmed because when we have success it brings more stress than we can bear.

If we want to be happy in all these situations we need to learn to control our mind so it is happy & peaceful whether we are with people or alone, whether we are busy or sitting quietly. Through controlling our mind we can control what we project onto the world and we can start to create the sort of world we want live in.

Odiyana Centre is running a 7 week course entitled Meditations for a Happy Life. We have classes all across Cheshire. For details of nights and venues please click on Meditation Classes, Evening Classes and then select the location you are interested in.

Everyone is welcome. No booking required.

Day Course Saturday 14th September 2019 – How to Transform Your Life

Transforming difficult conditions is vital because we are constantly surrounded by difficulties. We cannot avoid difficult situations but if we can change our attitude to them they will no longer be problems. We can even use the difficulties to train our mind.

On this day course we will learn how to use the difficulties we face in life to develop great inner strength.

The teacher of this day course is Chris Heyes – Kadam Chris Heyes is the Resident Teacher of Nagarjuna Kadampa Meditation Centre in Leicester. He is a dedicated student of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and has been studying and practising Kadampa Buddhism for over 20 years.
Kadam Chris is married with two children and shows by example how to integrate meditation into a busy family life. His teachings are always practical and easy to apply to everyday life. Through his gentle and joyful approach and his peaceful example, he has helped many people find true happiness in their hearts.

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 4AG

Half Day Meditation Workshop – Saturday 6th July 2019

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. These workshops are a chance to get deeper experience and insights into Buddha’s teachings.

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

Day Course Saturday 15th June 2019 – Taking Control of Your Life

All our life we have been under the control of our mind like a puppet on a string. Whenever our mind wants to do something we have to do it without choice. If our mind tells us to get angry we get angry. If our mind becomes sad we are sad. The only way to attain real freedom is to reverse this situation and take control of our mind.

On this day course learn how to develop a peaceful and controlled mind.

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 4AG

Day Course Saturday 11th May 2019 – How to Fulfil Your True Potential

We should ask ourself what we consider the most important thing in life. For some people it is possessions, for some it is reputation, for some power & for some relationships with their family. All these things can give us temporary happiness but cannot give us the deep lasting happiness we all want. This can only come from developing our mind to its fullest potential.

On this day course learning how to develop develop the mind and fulfil it’s true potential.

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.

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 4AG

Day Course Saturday 13th April 2019 – Learning to Like Yourself

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 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 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

White Tara Empowerment – Saturday 9th March 2019

White Tara is a female enlightened being. Her function is to bestow long life, wisdom and good fortune. Through receiving the blessings of Venerable White Tara we will  be free from untimely death, we will attain great good fortune and profound wisdom. Through this we will attain enlightenment quickly.

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

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

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

Day Course Saturday 16th February 2019 – Letting Go of the Past

Our past can feel like a millstone around our neck, holding us back in so many ways.

On this course learn to let go of  all the anger, attachment & resentment that is preventing us from finding  lasting happiness freedom from problems.

 

The teacher on this day course will be – Julie Forrest 

Julie is the Education Programme Co-ordinator for Odiyana Centre. Julie is a very powerful teacher whose practical approach makes the teachings 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

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

Day Course Saturday 26th January 2019 – Freedom from Fear

We fear many things; losing our money, our friends, our reputation.

Buddha said that the only thing we need to fear is an uncontrolled mind.

If a wild elephant was let loose in a populated area it would cause massive destruction but an uncontrolled mind can cause much more harm. The creator of all our sufferings is an uncontrolled mind.

On this course learn to bring this wild elephant of a mind under control

The teacher on this day course will be – John McBretney

Kadam John McBretney is the Resident Teacher of Heruka Kadampa Meditation Centre. He has studied and practised Kadampa Buddhism for many years under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Kadam John explains how to use Buddha’s teachings to solve our daily problems and find real happiness.

 

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 4AG

Meditation Classes September 2019 – Meditations for Modern Problems

In recent years our knowledge of modern technology has increased considerably & 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 & there are no fewer problems. Indeed it might be said that there are now more problems than ever before.

Superficially it looks like our world is improving. We know so many things we didn’t know before & can do things we never even dreamt of but if we look a bit more deeply we will see that there are many problems that never existed before. Terrifying weapons have been invented, our environment is being poisoned & new diseases are appearing. The result of an unbridled pursuit of happiness is that our planet is being destroyed & our lives are becoming more complicated & dissatisfying. People are suffering more from stress, anxiety & low self esteem. It is clear that something is deeply wrong & that manipulating external conditions will not help solve these modern problems.

The reason for this is the problems are internal problems & we can’t solve these with external solutions. Happiness is part of our mind, it is a feeling, so the real source of happiness must lie within our mind not in external conditions. If our mind is peaceful we will be happy all the time but if our mind is unpeaceful we will never be happy however much we try to change our external conditions.

 

Odiyana Centre is running a 4 week course entitled Meditations for Modern Problems. On this course we look at how we can address modern problems such as stress, anxiety & depression by learning to train our mind & develop deep inner peace.

We have classes all across Cheshire. For details of nights and venues please click on Meditation Classes, Evening Classes and then select the location you are interested in.

Everyone is welcome. No booking required.