Day and half-day courses are a chance to find out more about meditation and modern Buddhism. Each day course is suitable for beginners and includes teachings, guided meditation and discussion.
These meditation day events are held at various locations both at Madhyamaka Kadampa Meditation Centre (Pocklington), as well as in York and other surrounding towns.
Fancy staying a few extra days before or after the course? Contact us to book yourself in for a relaxing break.
Protection for the Mind
Including the opportunity to take Buddhist Refuge Vows.
All our suffering comes from negative karma and unpeaceful states of mind; Buddha’s teachings are methods to remove this negativity. Therefore, in order to protect ourself and others from suffering we need to receive Buddha’s blessings, help from Sangha, our spiritual friends, and put the teachings into practice.
This practice of refuge will be explained and the course will include the opportunity to take Refuge Vows if you would like to. You can attend the sessions without taking the vows.
Sessions will include guided meditations, talks and opportunity for questions.
Gen Kelsang Pende is the Resident Teacher at KMC Liverpool. He has been studying and practising Kadampa Buddhism and meditation under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for over 20 years and has recently completed a 3 year solitary retreat. He presents Buddha’s Teachings with warmth and clarity and is much appreciated by his students for his pure, inspiring example and loving kindness.
10am – 11am Session 1
12 – 1pm Session 2
lunch break – lunch served 1pm
3pm – 5.00pm Refuge Vow Ceremony
The day course is followed by a one day guided retreat on Sunday 9 March. Click here for details.
There will then be an unguided retreat from Monday 10 – Friday 15 March. Click here for details.
Understanding Ritual – create your own sacred space
March 22 10am – 5.00pm
In this day course, Gen Thekchen and other teachers will show us how we can enhance our experience of meditation through the powerful use of ritual. We will learn the meaning behind rituals such as prostration, offerings and meditation posture, and how they can have an inspiring effect on our spiritual life.
Learn how to…
~ Create a space at home that inspires you to meditate
~ Use prostrations to clear negativity from your body and mind
~ Make beautiful offerings that bring positivity to your mind
~ Have a more structured, focused meditation practice
These rituals are scientific methods for training the mind, to help us to become happier, more in control and more peaceful. They allow us to connect with our unlimited potential and to view our life as extraordinary.
All ritual equipment will be provided on the day. No experience necessary – just enthusiasm!
10am – 5pm
Schedule to be confirmed
at Madhyamaka KMC 10am – 5pm
Learn how to stop anger and irritation from ruining your life and interfering with your relationships. Essential advice for our busy, modern lives. These courses will teach us how to stop anger from developing so that we can free ourself from this painful and destructive mind. Anger and frustration are often causes of our mental and physical ill health so by reducing our anger and learning to be a more patient person we will find that our health improves too – not to mention our relationships with others! This course will look at the causes of anger and how it develops in our mind, so that we can learn how to control our mind and stop anger from developing. We will also look at meditations and ways of thinking that help to improve our patience so that we can keep a calm and peaceful mind when things go wrong.
Seating will be on chairs so no need for any special clothing. No experience of meditation is required as all meditations will be explained and guided by the teacher.
April 12 at Madhyamaka KMC, Pocklington
This course will run 10am – 5.00pm (lunch included)
Understanding the Nature of Reality
How to use wisdom to overcome difficulties and hindrances in our daily lives. There is no greater method for experiencing peace of mind and happiness than to understand and meditate on emptiness, the ultimate nature of reality.
10am – 11am Teaching
12 – 12.45pm Meditation
lunch break – lunch served 1pm
2.30pm – 3.30pm Teaching
4.15pm – 5.00pm Meditation