Local News : Training in Mindfulness & Concentration – Afternoon Course

Gen Chönden

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.


Meditation descriptions from ‘Understanding the Mind’, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
For booking information see Amitabha Buddhist Centre’s website
NZ Group photo credit 

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jas Baku
    Oct 26, 2012 @ 22:09:04

    The last concentration retreat at Amitabha was just so good.
    Fingers crossed it’ll be like that one! It gave folk the time and space to do their own (silent) prayers and meditational practices, whilst being in that group energy that can so empower our mind.
    This is one of my favourite retreats, but just in general (group) retreats are highly recommended 🙂



  2. Jas Baku
    Oct 27, 2012 @ 16:57:24

    News just in!! Gen Chonden confirmed today that the Dec retreat will be based on Gen Tarchin’s schedule, and K.Rakma (EPC) agreed that it was to be a “Pukka retreat” 😀



  3. gold account
    Nov 30, 2012 @ 10:07:28

    When I was young I read many books about explorers and I was very disappointed that there weren’t any unexplored places left. Since I found the psychological world I know that this is a wilderness world which has been explored by many. Many return into this world without proper instruments, and get lost. I have the best instrument — mindfulness. Sometimes I am surprised when I find a lot of people who are religious and don’t know even the simplest thing about mindfulness. Some people said that it was the first time they’d heard that one can practise mindfulness anywhere, anytime no matter what one is doing. Many people thought that one should practise meditation when sitting only. And that one should not do anything while meditating. They think that is the only time to meditate which means they are not willing to watch their mind when they are relating to people.



    • Shanti Baku
      Dec 09, 2013 @ 17:54:37

      Our mind is like an unexplored wilderness, isn’t it. It can certainly hide some powerful demons in its shadowy depths!
      It’s a good point you make about the importance of mindfulness being important wherever you are, and whatever your religious persuasion. Mindfulness is an essential tool for any spiritual practice.

      * I’m sorry that this reply is a year late; such a good comment as well!



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