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Change Your Mind: Meditation and Buddhism

Saturdays. 10.30 - 12.30pm. Open to All.

Aberystwyth Quaker Meeting House. 

 

With Annie, Jackie and team.

Initial course: 8th, 15th & 22nd January, Follow-on course: 5th, 12th & 19th February.

Bring meditation and Buddhist transformation tools into your life. You don’t need to be ‘Buddhist’ – just up for a change! Learn the fundamentals of an ancient tradition about how to transform ourselves. What’s to lose?   

Your old life was a frantic running from silence.

Become the sky. Take an axe to the prison wall.

Escape. Walk out like someone suddenly born into colour.

Do it now. The speechless full moon comes out now.’ - ed. from Rumi ‘Quietness’

Suitable for all, with or without meditation experience. Bring a drink and a blanket. 

Booking essential – email westwalesbuddhistgroup@gmail.com

Cost: £30 / £15 concs (student/on benefits) per 3 part course.

Please wear face coverings. We will be maintaining social distancing and the event will be fully Covid regulation compliant.

Please do a Rapid Flow Test before attending.

 
 
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Boundless Heart, Limitless Mind

Monthly Saturdays. 10.30 - 1.00pm. Open to All.

Aberystwyth Quaker Meeting House. 

 

With Maitrisiddhi.

29th Jan (with Viryanaya), 26th February, 12th March, 9th April, 7th May, 25th June. 

How do we build a resilient heart-mind? A capacity for compassion for ourselves and others? And how do we meet whatever presents in our lives with both kindness and strength?  

A course exploring how to train our minds in unconditional well-wishing (metta), compassion, gladness and equanimity. In traditional terms: the Brahma Viharas – the limitlessly positive states of mind that are our heart’s natural state.

Suitable for all, with or without meditation experience. Bring a drink and a blanket. (And if you're staying for Know Your Mind, bring some lunch and a mug for tea.)

Just turn up. (We are permitted a max of 15 – email us to book a place if you are travelling from a distance.) 

Please wear face coverings. We will be maintaining social distancing and the event will be fully Covid regulation compliant.

Please do a Rapid Flow Test before attending.

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Know Your Mind

Monthly Saturdays. 2.15 - 5.00pm. For Regulars.

Aberystwyth Quaker Meeting House. 

 

With Maitrisiddhi. 

29th Jan (with Viryanaya), 26th February, 12th March, 9th April, 7th May, 25th June. 

“To study the Buddha Way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be actualised by myriad things.” Dogen (13th century Japanese teacher).

How can we transform our minds if we aren’t intimately aware of what goes on?  Long before contemporary neuroscience and psychology, the Buddha gained insight into the nature of mind. Using a ‘training manual’ from Early Buddhism – the Abhidharma – we’ll make friends with our minds, and learn, experientially, how to notice what mental states arise and pass. Mind-watching is fascinating – and can help us understand and transform our experience!

For Regulars. Bring a drink and a blanket. (And if you're also coming to Boundless Heart, bring some lunch and a mug for tea.)

Just turn up. (We are permitted a max of 15 – email us to book a place if you are travelling from a distance.) 

Please wear face coverings. We will be maintaining social distancing and the event will be fully Covid regulation compliant.

Please do a Rapid Flow Test before attending.

 
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The Heart of Buddhism

Fortnightly Mondays. 7.00 – 9.00pm. Open to All.

Aberystwyth Quaker Meeting House. Doors open at 6.45pm.

The Heart of Buddhism: Three Refuges, Five Precepts.

Learn or deepen meditation, connect with friends (new or old) and explore Buddhist tools to free our minds and change our lives for the good.

24th January 'With mindfulness clear and radiant, I purify my mind': The Fifth Precept. With Amoghamitra.
7th February 'So why practise the Precepts anyway?' An overview of Buddhist ethics concluding the Heart of Buddhism series. With Satyacitta.

21st February Puja evening to mark the Buddha's Parinirvana. With Amoghamitra.

No need to book, but we are permitted a max of 15 – email us to book a place if you are travelling from a distance. Bring a drink and a blanket.

Please wear face coverings. We will be maintaining social distancing and the event will be fully Covid regulation compliant.

Please do a Rapid Flow Test before attending.

 
 
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Break the Spell

ZOOM Fortnightly Mondays. 7.00 - 9.00pm. For regulars.

Break the Spell: The Four Mind-Turning Reflections

'Turning around in the deepest seat of consciousness.'

It sounds great, but how do we do it? The Four Mind Turnings are 'preliminary practices' that can take us all the way: releasing us from our bewitchment with what isn't stable, isn't reliable, can't give us ultimate satisfaction – and turning us wholeheartedly, with urgency, towards the magical open space of the Dharma life.

17th January   The Faults of Samsara. Dharmashalin

31st January   ...theme continues. Satyacitta

14th February Personal talks by members of the Sangha

28th February TBA

The last 30 minutes is always meditation, with the option to leave at 8.30.

Please try to arrive ten minutes early and wait to be admitted.

 
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Morning Meditation

ZOOM Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday. 7.55 - 8.30. Regulars only.

Half an hour of silent meditation

This session is not guided, and there is no suggested donation.

We just come together to meditate.

There are guided meditations on the audio page if you would like to listen to one of those in this session.

Please try to arrive at 7.55 and wait to be admitted.

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Heart of Perfect Wisdom

Taraloka Retreat Centre. 27th to 29th May 2022.

Four Sanghas Retreat

‘Form is only emptiness, emptiness only form’ – The Heart Sutra

How can we ‘cut the bonds that cause (us) suffering’?  The Heart Sutra is a radical and classic wisdom-text which goes to the heart of how to become free, and how to help the world become free. Enigmatic, speaking to our depths, undermining any fundamentalism or limiting views about ourselves, it asks us to dive deep into the nature of experience, looking, for ourselves, to see truly the way things are. How would it be, if we really realised that we, and all we see around us, was simply flow, change, potential? 

With Vajrapriya, Maitrisiddhi, Mahamani and others.

Open to all West Wales Buddhist Group regulars, as well as those from Llangollen, Shrewsbury and Chester Sanghas. 

Taraloka is a women's retreat centre, but this event is open to all genders.

'Know Your Mind' and 'Morning Meditation' drawings © Ruth Koffer 2020. All rights reserved. https://ruthkoffer.com/