Meditation classes and courses taught at Samudra Centre range from simple, basic programmes designed for beginners from all walks of life and all ages, through to more advanced classes in both Sutra and Tantra. Sincere practitioners can study a variety of meditations and method practices from coping with stress in their daily lives to the development of a deep and stable inner peace. They can learn how to develop virtuous minds such as love, compassion, and bodhichitta, improve their concentration and wisdom, and finally they can advance to the highest levels on the Buddhist philosophical path.
A brief description of the three main study programmes:
The General Programme (GP)
The teacher will lead simple, practical meditations and give advice on how to overcome difficulties and problems in daily life. These classes are suitable for beginners. We sit on chairs and wear comfortable clothing. They are drop-in so there is no need to book in advance. Refreshments are provided. They are given in a variety of locations around the region. See Basic Meditation Classes for times and locations.
Foundation Programme (FP)
FP is for those who may prefer to practice in a more structured environment. These classes are held at the centre and are designed for students who wish to advance their studies. Participants study from six specific books, written by Geshe-la, that provide a systematic introduction to the basic foundation of Kadampa Buddhism. We are currently studying the book How to Understand the Mind on
Monday evenings from 6:30 - 9:30pm. This amazing book offers us deep insight into our mind and shows how an understanding of its nature and function can be used practically in everyday experience to improve our lives.
If you wish to deepen your experience in Buddha's teachings and find meaning and lasting happiness in your modern lives you will enjoy the Foundation Programme. In this course, you will learn how to develop and maintain a light, positive mind; recognise and abandon states of mind that harm you and those you love, and learn to replace these negative states of mind with peaceful and beneficial ones. Enrollment is required and students should apply effort to keep a few FP commitments.
In late October there will the wonderful opportunity to begin study of Universal Compassion by Geshe Kelsang. This book gives a practical and uplifting explanation of how we can transform our day to day lives - including even the most demanding and difficult situations into opportunities for personal and spiritual development. Ancient meditation techniques that have been tried and tested for centuries are brought alive and made relevant to our everyday experiences. Classes are Monday's 6.30 - 9.30 pm at the Centre. If you are interested you can attend up to two free taster classes. If you would like to know more about the study programme or book onto a free taster class please contact the Education Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
TERM DATES AUTUMN 2018 -
Term 1 - September 3, 10, 17, 24, October 1.
Term 2 - October 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, 26, December 3, 10.
The Teacher Training Programme (TTP)
This is the most extensive programme and is designed for those who wish to train as qualified meditation teachers. Based on the study of fourteen books, including those studied on FP, it requires students to commit to intensive study, memorisation, meditation, and retreat.
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