Using Buddhist psychology we can cut through the very root of unhappiness and fear, to reveal the innate goodness and peace at the heart of our being. In Buddhist psychology, unhappiness is viewed as a symptom, and the disturbing emotions as the cause. The very root of these afflictive states of mind is our distorted and negative self-view. By recognising and developing a realistic appreciation of our innate human qualities, we will be able to naturally overcome our fears and become happier.
Topics include step-by-step methods to overcome disturbing emotions like clinging and anger, how to listen to the message in depression or anxiety, and simple yet effective techniques to cultivate positive states of mind. Held held once a month on a Saturday afternoon, this is an experiential afternoon that includes the presentation, short meditations, informal discussion, and reflection sheets to fill in.
Workshop 1: Discover how the afflictive emotions arise and how to trace anxiety and depression back to their causes. How common afflictions like confusion, unexamined doubts, and distorted views cause unhappiness and harm, and how we can overcome them by understanding the nature of our mind as clean and clear.
Workshop 2: Address issues of identity and self-worth, and how pride alienates us from others, stifles our potential, and imprisons us in loneliness. Learn to cultivate the four positive prides, based on a realistic and genuine sense of self-esteem, confidence and worth.
Workshop 3: The difference between attachment and genuine love. How attachments cheats us of happiness, and how we can dismantle it so we can really enjoy life. The antidotes are universal, not dependent on any religion, and help to relax our mind and alleviate stress and anxiety.
This month is Workshop 4: Identify the multiple causes of anxiety, and the differences between anxiety and fear. Discover how to break the self-destructive habit of worry, and how problems can actually help us build strength and resilience.
Workshop 5: Methods to overcome hostility and keep your mind relaxed and calm in the face of adversity. Practical methods to deconstruct anger, aversion and frustration so that they no longer arise, instead of just suppressing them through will-power alone.
Workshop 6: Listening to the kernel of wisdom in depression, and healing the toxic depression cycle by correctly identifying the causes of suffering. Combining western techniques and the Buddha’s radical cures for depression.
The workshop is led by registered FPMT teacher Miffi Maxmillion, who has been leading this balancing emotions series for over a decade. These techniques are not just for Buddhists, they are universal and can be easily adapted to any tradition. It is ideal for first time students, as well as for those returning for a ‘top-up’. Although the classes are sequential you can join at any time.