This short course on training in mindfulness and concentration, will present methods for developing the main mental functions that we use when we meditate.
Sunday 28 October, 2 – 5pm*
Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Bristol, UK
* There will be an opportunity to do a short retreat in December for those who follow the training.
“Mindfulness is the life force of meditation” – Geshe Kelsang.
It’s function is to prevent distractions, so that we don’t forget what we’re meditating on. It’s that simple, and that difficult!
Concentration depends upon mindfulness. It is the ability to focus the mind on a particular object, and remain there without moving away from it.
We use these two mental factors to meditate on an object – penetrating deep into the heart of it, staying with it, and fully understanding it.
It is important to study and learn about Buddhist teachings, and to meditate daily. But it is only on retreat that we really familiarise ourselves enough with Buddha’s teachings to change our minds on a fundamental level.