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Real Confidence and Self Esteem

Real Confidence and Self Esteem

 

Saturday July 1st | 10-12.30pm

With Buddhist Teacher Fi GordonFi Nov 15

£12 | Free for members

At Kadampa Meditation Centre Glasgow

78 Hutcheson Street, Glasgow, G1 1SH

 

 

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Real Confidence and Self-Esteem

True confidence comes from within oneself and doesn’t depend upon what others think of us.  Developing confidence is a mental skill we can all learn and strengthen over time.  By using the special insights taught by Buddha and applying them in daily life we can gain a deep, unchanging happiness and confidence, regardless of whatever happens to us.  This series of classes includes guided meditations and a teaching and is open to everyone.

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About the Teacher

 Fi Gordon is a heartfelt Buddhist practitioner who has been studying Buddha’s teachings and practising meditation for many years and has engaged in several long meditation retreats.  With a background in the busy world of London fashion, she later studied psychology and became a trained therapist.  She now works as Education Program Coordinator for KMC Glasgow.  She teaches from her own experience and is known for her lightness, compassion and warmth.

 

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What Exactly is Meditation?

Meditation is a special method for familiarizing our mind with positivity, or virtue. The more familiar our mind is with positivity, the calmer and more peaceful it becomes. When our mind is peaceful we are free from stress and mental discomfort, and we experience true happiness.

If we train our mind to become peaceful we will be happy all the time, even in the most difficult conditions. But if our mind is not peaceful, even if we have the best external conditions we will not be happy. For example, if we are out having a great time with friends, and then we get upset about something, all peace and happiness automatically disappears. Therefore it is vital to train our mind through meditation. And one of the best ways to learn is using breathing meditation.

A Simple Breathing Meditation

The first stage of meditation is to stop distracting thoughts and make our mind clearer and more lucid. This can be achieved by practising a simple breathing meditation. We choose a quiet place to meditate and then sit in a comfortable position. We can sit in the traditional cross-legged posture or in any other position that is comfortable. If we wish, we can sit in a chair. It is important to keep our back straight to prevent our mind from becoming sluggish or sleepy.

We sit with our eyes partially closed and turn our attention to our breathing. We try to breathe naturally, preferably through the nostrils, without attempting to control our breath, and become aware of the sensation of the breath as it enters and leaves the nostrils. This sensation is our object of meditation. We should try to concentrate on it to the exclusion of anything else.

To start with, our mind will be very busy, and it might even seem that the meditation is making our mind busier; but in reality we are just starting to notice how busy our mind actually is. There will be a great temptation to follow the different thoughts as they arise, but we should resist this and remain focused single-pointedly on the sensation of the breath. If we notice that our mind has wandered and is following our thoughts, we should immediately return it to the breath. We should repeat this as many times as necessary until the mind settles on the breath.

The Benefits That Come From Meditation

If we practise patiently in the way described, gradually our distracting thoughts will subside and we will experience a sense of inner peace and relaxation. Our mind will feel lucid and spacious and we will feel refreshed. When the sea is rough, sediment is churned up and the water becomes murky, but when the wind dies down the mud gradually settles and the water becomes clear. In the same way, when the incessant flow of our distracting thoughts is pacified through concentrating on the breath, our mind becomes unusually lucid and clear. We should sit with this state of mental calm for a while.

Even though breathing meditation is only a preliminary stage of meditation, it can be very powerful. We can see from this practice that it is possible to experience inner peace and contentment just by controlling the mind, without having to rely at all upon external conditions.

When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subsides and our mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally arises from within. This feeling of contentment and well-being helps us to cope with the busyness and difficulties of daily life. Much of the stress and tension we normally experience comes from our mind, and many of the problems we experience, including ill health, are caused or aggravated by this stress. Just by doing breathing meditation for ten or fifteen minutes each day, we will be able to reduce this stress. We will experience a calm, spacious feeling in the mind, and many of our usual problems will fall away. Difficult situations will become easier to deal with, we will naturally feel warm and well disposed towards other people, and our relationships with others will gradually improve.

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Stress Free Living

Stress Free Living | Half Day Course

With Fiona Gordon

Saturday 11th July

10.30-1pm

£10 | Free for members

@ Kadampa Meditation Centre Glasgow 
78 Hutcheson Street, Glasgow, G1 1SH

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About the Course

Stress, anxiety, fear and overwhelm are nearly universal experiences of our busy modern lives. These very common states of mind rob us of our ability to enjoy our life, and to experience peace of mind.  Buddha’s timeless teachings offer a simple and yet profound alternative.  If we can train our mind to respond to life’s challenges with a peaceful, positive attitude, all our ordinary problems and difficulties fall away, and we discover our true nature, which is infinitely calm, happy and stable.  In this way we can learn to face life with resourcefulness, inner strength, and profound peace.

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About the Speaker fi

Fi Gordon is a heartfelt practitioner who has been studying Buddhism and practicing meditation for over nine years and has engaged in several long meditation retreats.  With a background in the busy world of London fashion, she later studied psychology and became a trained therapist.  She now works as Education Program Coordinator for KMC Glasgow.  She teaches from her heart and from her own experience and is known for her compassion and warmth.

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Everyone is welcome. This course is suitable for  beginners and those with more experience and will consist of two one-hour sessions with a half hour break in the middle for complimentary refreshments. Book your place today by clicking on the link below or contact us for more information:

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0141 5733220 / 07470111675

 

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Introductory Video

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Free ebook

Modern Buddhism – The Path of Compassion and Wisdom

This eBook Modern Buddhism – The Path of Compassion and Wisdom, in three volumes, is being distributed free of charge. The author, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, says: “Through reading and practising the instructions given in this book, people can solve their daily problems and maintain a happy mind all the time.” So that these benefits may pervade the whole world the author wishes to offer this eBook freely to everyone. Volume 1 – Sutra is a practical guide to the common spiritual paths which lead us to fulfill our common wish – to attain both permanent liberation from suffering, and pure and everlasting happiness. Volume 2 – Tantra is a practical guide to the uncommon spiritual paths which lead us to the attainment of full enlightenment, the ultimate goal of human life. Through reading and practising the instructions in this volume, we learn to integrate these profound teachings into our daily activities, and in this way we can enjoy a supremely meaningful life.
Volume 3 – Prayers for Daily Practice is a collection of prayers for our daily training in Buddha´s Sutra and Tantra teachings. These prayers are a special method to purify our mind; to accumulate a great collection of good fortune and wisdom; and to receive the blessings of the enlightened beings. Through accomplishing these internal conditions, we can easily attain the realizations of the common and uncommon spiritual paths.