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

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

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.

Retreat

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 

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Energy Goes Where Attention Attention Flows

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Really. What if ?…

As if to prove a point, this just tweeted by @TheBuddhaNature:
Be mindful of intention. Intention is the seed that creates our future.
(Buddhist Proverb) Dontcha’ just love synchronicity?!
*nb.  The future includes the next moment ~ ie. where we are now!


Like this:
We always have choice in life ~ we bring to ourselves what we focus on:  Our Energy Follows Our Attention
We always have choice. We can choose where we want our mind to go: Pay Attention to Peace

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Compassion and Wisdom Lighten Anger

 ☆ * •. ¸Even just a glimmer of wisdom and compassion in a mind darkened by anger can lighten it.

Re-blogged as an epilogue to the Equalising Doctor Who & the Daleks series ~
bringing the sci-fi analogy down to earth.   ☽ .•      

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ASCII art by J.G.Stark + Jas

 

Kadampa Life

I have been in New York City for the last ten days, on the occasion of attending the city Temple opening for Kadampa Meditation Center NYC and the North Eastern Dharma Celebration in upstate New York.

The new Buddhist Temple in Chelsea is a three-dimensional peace-space, refuge from the busy streets and lives outside. An enormous

Buddha Shakyamuni seems to float in mid-sky, surrounded by the most ethereal looking statues I have yet seen in the New Kadampa Tradition. I loved seeing a blissful Great Mother Prajnaparamita next to a knowing, smiling Tara. There are a lot of women in this city, and a lot who attend the Buddhist center, and it seems timely and inspiring to have these female enlightened beings in pride of place, perfect role models both.

I love being in New York City. It keeps me on my toes. New York is full of intelligent, creative…

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☽O☾ August Blue Moon in Pisces :'(

)O( The Piscean Blue Moon could leave you an emotional wreck 

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This moon seems aptly named.

Technically, blue moon is the name given to the second full moon in a single month. It’s fairly unusual – you know the phrase – and won’t happen again for another 3 years.

healing old wounds 

But for the more energy sensitive, this “Pisces Moon is the ocean of emotion and the shedding of tears” (J. Rimmer)
I know it isn’t just me that’s been feeling blue this week, with all sorts of crap coming up. Nicky over the road says she’s been “right up and down these past few days”. 

“What seems to be emerging are feelings needing to be healed, old wounds being exposed and coming into our awareness, so we can clear the energetic beliefs around our wounds.”
astral insights, Mystic Mamma

We can clear this unhelpful energy with loving-kindness. Gently holding old wounds with a loving mind of generosity and forgiveness, allows even the sufferings we have concealed deep in our consciousness to heal.
It’s like holding a crying child while they calm down.

“Given the strong influence of the moon on our feelings, it is important to take excellent care of yourself during this time and allow feelings to be as they are.”
Angel Coach’s Blog

So don’t worry, just nurture and be kind to yourself.
Cherishing those around us helps tons too.

 

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Sit in Mindful Peace

Thich Nhat Hanh

“Create a living sangha where we can generate mindfulness. We can use our time and energy to build sangha. To be a refuge.”

 

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Drinking Tea Gatha 

“This cup of tea in my two hands,
mindfulness held perfectly.
My mind and body dwell
in the very here and now.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

 Forecast for today 18*C, sunny 🙂 

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Return to the Safe Island of Mindfulness ~ Meditation Flashmob Videos, Verse & Images

Thich Nhat Hanh ~

Create a living sangha where we can generate mindfulness.
We can use our time and energy to build sangha. To be a refuge
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The audio here sends chills through me, it’s so beautiful.
Shot in Austin, Texas: MedMob Movement — Gigantic Group Hug!

  

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Meditation Flash Mob Trafalgar Square, London;
with Thich Nhat Hanh commentary:

May the sound of this bell penetrate deep into the cosmos….
The universal Dharma door is already open.

“Listening to the bell, I feel the afflictions in me begin to be solved.
My mind calm, my body relaxed, a smile is born on my lips.
Following the sound of the bell my breath brings me back to the safe island of mindfulness.
In the garden of my heart, the flowers of peace bloom beautifully.”

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Meditation ~ Inspiring Images to Sit in Peace

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More Meditation Flashmob

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