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The Dharma Kit-bag

A workshop on everything you ever wanted to know about Tibetan Buddhist ritual but were afraid to ask! Learn how to offer the long mandala, set up your own altar and water bowls, and do prostrations. Be inspired by the profound meaning behind these rituals. Get comfortable with gompa etiquette, and discover how to relate to the sangha respectfully.

Orientation

Beginner’s Orientation

Find out about the essence of Tibetan Buddhism, and where to start. Discover our wide-ranging curriculum and how to pick the courses that will best suit you. Share in the unique history of our centre spanning more than 30 years. Take home some wonderful recommended reading and a beginner’s welcome pack.

Sitting with the Buddha

These meditations connect us with our own ‘buddha nature’, our innate pure and blissful mind, and help remove the negative states of mind that destroy our peace and happiness. Learn to utilise the natural creativity of the mind to train in positive habits and attitudes.

Diamond Cutter – Sutra & Verse

(Both visa applications for Geshe Sherab were denied, so it is with great sadness that we have been forced to CANCEL this tour). REPLACEMENT PROGRAM: Eddie Peet will give a short explanation of the evocative analogies in the verse at the end of the Diamond Cutter Sutra:
“So you should view this fleeting world —
A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream,
A flash of lightening in a summer cloud,
A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream.”
After the break we will recite the Diamond Cutter Sutra together as a group, so we can create the much needed merit for future tours and visits from our precious Geshes.

Diamond Cutter – Sutra & Story

(Both visa applications for Geshe Sherab were denied, so it is with great sadness that we have been forced to CANCEL this tour). REPLACEMENT PROGRAM: This evening we will recite the Diamond Cutter Sutra together as a group, so we can create the much needed merit for future tours and visits from our precious Geshes. Eddie Peet will also give a short talk on the extraordinary discovery of this sutra – the world’s first printed book – and how it was very nearly lost to us in several times over. The background and history of this short yet powerful sutra is fascinating and reads like a modern adventure or thriller.

Sitting with the Buddha

These meditations connect us with our own ‘buddha nature’, our innate pure and blissful mind, and help remove the negative states of mind that destroy our peace and happiness. Learn to utilise the natural creativity of the mind to train in positive habits and attitudes.

Anger, Patience and Forgiveness

Ksanti, which is translated as both ‘patience’ and ‘tolerance’, is the Buddhist art of being able to maintain a positive approach when things go wrong. It gives us the opportunity to choose beneficial reactions that are not driven by our usual compulsive mental habits of anger and jealousy, and helps us move towards forgiveness. It is one of the most essential skills we can learn to help us lead a happier, drama-free life.

Drop-in Meditation & Chai

We have a new format this year! Spend a relaxed morning enjoying two guided meditations to relax and revive! The first is a short mindfulness and breathing meditation, including settling the posture. After a short break enjoy the main meditation of guided visualisation and chanting purification with the Buddha. Join us for chai tea together in reception afterwards.

Buddhism for Beginners

What is a Buddhist? What is our potential for buddhahood? And how can we apply the Buddhist teachings to overcome problems and unhappiness? A 2-week beginner’s introduction on applying the essence of the Buddha’s teachings to daily life, whether we are Buddhist or not.

Sitting with the Buddha

These meditations connect us with our own ‘buddha nature’, our innate pure and blissful mind, and help remove the negative states of mind that destroy our peace and happiness. Learn to utilise the natural creativity of the mind to train in positive habits and attitudes.

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