Essential Mindfulness | A Four-Week Course

Kelsang Drolkar B+W

Inspiring Solutions for Difficult Times

Thursdays | 7 – 8.15pm | January 4 | 11  | 18 | 25

 £20| Free for members

with Buddhist Teacher, Kelsang Drolkar

At Kadampa Meditation Centre Glasgow, 78 Hutcheson St, G1 1SH

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About the Course

Gain control of your mind and discover just how powerfully mindfulness affects every aspect of your life. Although it is a very popular practice with many profound benefits, its true essence is often lost. All mindfulness instructions originate in Buddhist philosophy which presents a step-by-step approach to mastering this practise. At this four-week course learn how to integrate these clear, effective methods into your daily life with ease.

Kelsang Drolkar is a modern Buddhist nun and Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Glasgow.  She is a joyful and dedicated student who has been practising Kadampa Buddhism for several years and now serves as our Temple Coordinator.  Her previous work enabled her to travel extensively and meet a wide variety of people from all walks of life.  Drolkar combines her diverse personal experience with practical insight and a warm heart in all the classes she teaches. She teaches the Southside class and Kids Club classes, as well as regular Saturday courses at the temple.

Although this course will cover preliminaries such as breathing meditation and ‘staying in the moment’–common to many mindfulness classes–this course will emphasize unique concepts and practices which focus on understanding your mind on a deeper level, letting go of negative ways of thinking and focusing instead on developing and strengthening beneficial mental habits which naturally lead to a more fulfilling, enjoyable life.

Commonly asked questions will also be addressed:

What is mindfulness exactly, and how do you actually practice it?

My mind is very busy all the time–isn’t mindfulness hard to do?

Will mindfulness help with my anger, depression, anxiety, or stress?
(Answer: yes!)

What if I have a busy schedule; do I have to make more time to be mindful (Answer: no)

What is the end goal of mindfulness?

Everyone is welcome to attend this 4 week course of classes but please book in advance!  Thank you.

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  * Please note to secure your seat for this course, payment in full must be made in advance.

Click on the link below to book your place with Paypal or Card Payments.  Members also need to book even though the event is included in their membership cost.

For just £30 per month, you can become a member of Kadampa Meditation Centre Glasgow, and enjoy unlimited courses and classes included in your monthly payment (and 30% off special events).

If you benefit from what we do and wish to support the development and growth of the centre so that others can benefit too, you can also become a benefactor member.

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What People Say about Meditating at Kadampa Meditation Centre Glasgow

Meditation has changed my life and that of my family- Pauline

I always leave feeling calm and refreshed- I would urge anyone to give meditation a try- Jennifer

This is where I take my mind to get fixed during the week-  Paul

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If you are interested in Mindfulness and Meditation we highly recommend this special event coming soon.  Please book early to avoid disappointment!

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What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a way of calming the mind and developing a more positive approach to life.  The purpose of mindfulness is to make our mind calm and peaceful. In Buddhism, meditation and mindfulness are regarded as the principal tools for personal development.  You don’t need to be Buddhist to use these simple and highly effective tool.  It enables us first to understand our mind and then to begin to control it.

The term ‘mindfulness’ is a translation of the Tibetan word ‘drenpa’ (དྲན་པ) which can also be translated as ‘remembering’ or ‘recollecting’.  Training in mindfulness is not just watching our mind, but actively improving our mind by keeping it focused on a positive object.  When we train in meditation and mindfulness together we can use the sense of peace, stability, calm and focus that we have experienced in meditation practice as an anchor to go back to during the day.  Using mindfulness we learn how to watch what is happening in our mind moment by moment and like a master yachtsman using the winds to his advantage we harness the positivity in our minds and use it to propel us into happy states of mind more of the time.  In this way we learn to let go or turn away from our harmful unhappy and negative states of mind.  In this way we remember, or are mindful of a positive thought or state of mind throughout the day.

By training in meditation and mindfulness, we create an inner space and clarity that enables us to control our mind regardless of the external circumstances. Gradually we develop mental equilibrium, a balanced mind that is happy all the time, rather than an unbalanced mind that oscillates between the extremes of excitement and despondency.

If we train in meditation and mindfulness systematically, eventually we will be able to eradicate from our mind the delusions that are the causes of all our problems and suffering. In this way, we will come to experience a permanent inner peace, known as “liberation” or “nirvana”. Then, day and night in life after life, we will experience only peace and happiness.

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