On these stimulating and lively days youâ€™ll get a taste of what goes on at the London Buddhist Centre.
Find out about Buddhism, learn to meditate and try a taster session in Breathing Space, our project offering mindfulness for well-being. Sun 15 Jan, 11am-5pm. Refreshments provided & all events free. No need to book.
Buddhism, Meditation and Human Enlightenment
The Buddha was not a god, nor a prophet, but an enlightened human being; someone who had fully â€˜awokenâ€™, transcended the human condition and attained liberation. How is this relevant today and what does it mean for us and the world? More importantly though, how do we achieve it? Come and find outâ€¦.
12pm. Who was the Buddha? With Srivati
The Buddha was an enlightened human being; someone who had completely realised their full potential. Can we discover more about the Buddha and do the same?
1pm. Why Meditate? With Vidyadaka
We are usually caught up in small states of mind, but consciousness is actually infinite and expansive. Meditation is the key to expanding consciousness and developing the human mind, but how does this actually help us and the world?
2pm. What is Buddhism? With Subhadramati
It is not simply a religion, nor just a philosophy or a way of life. The Buddhaâ€™s teachings are there for us to try them and see if they work. But what are they and how are they relevant today?
3pm. The Mystery of Human Enlightenment. With Singhamanas
Weâ€™ve all heard of enlightenment, but what does it mean and how can we attain it? Is it even realistically possible in the midst of busy London life? Come and hear more about the great mystery and how it can transform our lives.
No matter where you are who youâ€™re with, itâ€™s our mind that determines our experience. The state of your mind is the state of your life. By creatively working with your mind, you can change your life.
The Mindfulness of Breathing will be taught within a one-hour session at:
11.15am, 12.15am, 1.15pm, 2.15pm, 3.15pm
11am/ Yoga for Meditation
This 45 minute class will develop flexibility, strength and awareness of physical sensations. Loosening up the body and deepening into awareness can be a way into sitting meditation. Yoga and meditation are complimentary practices â€“ through yoga we can develop a language to speak to our bodies; with meditation we learn to attend to our bodies and to each other with kindness.
4pm Buddhist Ritual
With poetic verses and chanting, Buddhist ritual helps open us up to mystery and value. Why not come along, have a go and see what itâ€™s like?
Mindfulness for Health
Talks and meditation sessions with Breathing Space â€“the London Buddhist Centreâ€™s Mindfulness for Health programme. We provide Mindfulness Based Approaches (MBAs) to help prevent relapse into depression and addiction, and to manage stress and anxiety.
11.30 12.30 Taster session: Get an experiential taster of something from a Breathing Space course, including Q&As. With Breathing teacher and manager Jayaka.
12.30 1.30 Talk: â€˜Managing a stressful life with Mindfulnessâ€™. Itâ€™s very difficult to avoid stress and anxiety in our busy lives. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) can help us prevent difficult feelings, thoughts and moods overwhelming us or finding ourselves defaulting to unhelpful â€˜copingâ€™ strategies. With Breathing Space teacher Satyavasin.
1.30 2.30 Taster session: Get an experiential taster of something from a Breathing Space course, including Q&As. With Meditation teacher: Maitreyaraja.
2.30 3.30 Talk: How can mindfulness based approaches help you? Whether you are struggling with stress, anxiety, depression or addiction, learning mindfulness based approach will help you move towards increased happiness, wellbeing and self-mastery. All of our mindfulness courses invite you to learn new ways to â€˜be withâ€™ a broader range of experiences so that you can understand and manage difficulty in your life in a more creative way. This talk will explore the basic principles that are at the heart of all our courses. With Breathing Space manager & teacher Luke Doherty.
3.30 4.30 Taster session: Get an experiential taster of something from a Breathing Space course, including Q&As.