Inspiring Solutions for Difficult Times
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 7 week online course entitled Inspiring Solutions for Difficult Times. You can stream the course on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday night at 7.30pm. The Tuesday night class has the option of On Demand so you can watch for 48 hours after the class if you can’t watch at 7.30pm.
PLEASE NOTE DUE TO THE CURRENT CORONA VIRUS MEASURES ALL OUR EVENING CLASSES WILL BE RUNNING AS ONLINE LIVE STREAM CLASSES –
To try to keep some continuity during these uncertain times we will be running our evening meditation classes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm as a live video stream. The classes will follow the same format as our usual drop-in classes. This is a temporary measure until we can run our classes as normal.
If you would like to sign up to attend these online classes please click on the class and date in the list below that you would like to join and it will take you through to a registration page. You can register and pay for the class (£5 through Paypal) and will then receive a link to attend the class. The classes will be streamed through the popular streaming platform Zoom. This will work with a computer, ipad, iPhone or Android device and is simple to use.
If you are planning on using iOS or Android then you may need to download an app and create an account (its free to join). If you use the web browser on a computer there is no need to create an account .
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Streaming will be available to people in our local area. If you are not in the Cheshire or Wrexham area you can find a local Kadampa centre here
If you have any problems with the set up or have anymore questions you can email us at email@example.com or call us on 07421 878559.