Events that will Transform Your Life
The Benefits of Meditation. Sat 8 Sept 10.00 – 1 pm £15 We are all searching for happiness and trying to stop our problems, unfortunately any happiness is short lived. If we sincerely practise meditation however we will find a natural source of lasting happiness and refuge within. Beginners welcome.
Letting Go of Stress. Sat 29 Sept 10.00 – 1.00pm £15 Stress has become a major problem in our lives. It arises because we lack the inner qualities such as resilience which give us the power to deal with adversity with a positive mind. Learn why some people have the capacity to face difficulties with a calm and peaceful mind.
Living With Mindfulness Sat 20 Oct 10.30 – 12.00 £6. How can we integrate our meditation and good intentions into daily life. Using the power of mindfulness we will be able to build the causes of inner peace and happiness in our mind.
Weekend Away Retreat at Tara KMC, Etwall. Fri 26-28 Oct. The Best Ways to Stay Calm. We all face adversity in life. At such times it’s quite normal to lose our calm and our ability to manage the situation skilfully. Learn methods to keep your cool when others are losing theirs. Beginners welcome.
The Origins of Unhappiness. Sat 3 Nov 10.30 – 12.00 £6 Understand what are the principal inner causes of unhappiness in your life. This understanding will give you the power to control your mind and find lasting inner peace.
The Principles of a Meaningful Life. 24 Nov 10.00- 1.00pm £15. Buddha taught that there are three principle foundations for a meaningful life. Learn what they are and how to integrate them into your daily life so that it will bring great meaning and benefit.
The Heart of Meditation. Sat 8 Dec 10.00 – 1.00pm £15 Meditation is the method to make the mind calm and peaceful. Results depend upon combining our meditation with a prayer booklet or sadhana – a method for accomplishing results. Receive a commentary to the sadhana most suitable for beginners called ‘Prayers for Meditation’.
Celebration Food For Thought – Meditation & Meal Evening. Fri 14 Dec 7.00 – 10.30pm £20 Enjoy a guided meditation followed by a delicious veg/vegan meal. An ideal opportunity to meet our growing community and help raise funds for the future.
What to expect on a course or retreat and FAQ
An event can last from 3 (half-day) to 7 (full-day) hours. Each event will have a number of sessions (usually between one and four). These can last from one hour to one and a half hours depending on the course. A typical half-day event for example will include 2 sessions lasting about 75 min for teaching and guided meditation. A full day course will usually have four sessions.
Each event will normally consist of the following elements:
- Preparatory meditations and contemplations to relax and calm the mind
- A short teaching and guidance from a teacher
- A guided meditation based on the teaching
- Questions and answer session with discussion
- Practical advice on our to integrate meditation into daily life
There is always plenty of time to relax and enjoy refreshments in between sessions. Full-day courses include vegetarian lunch.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Here are some common questions that people ask about our courses:
Q: Do I need to book in advance?
A: Yes, all events listed on this website will need to be booked in advance. Please go to the event page using the drop down list above.
Q: What courses and retreats are available?
Our courses and retreats range from beginner level to more advanced levels on subjects from mindfulness & loving kindness to compassion & wisdom. You can see a list of courses offered at Heart Jewel Centre by using the navigation menus above.
Q: Do I need to be Buddhist to attend a course?
A: No, our courses are presented in a way that is accessible to everyone, and no religious obligation is required.
Q: Do I need to have experience of meditation or Buddhism to attend a course?
A: Generally no, all our events except our Tantric Courses are open to everyone, including complete beginners.
Q: Which events are suitable for someone with some experience of meditation?
A: all our events and retreats are suitable for beginners and those with a lot of experience. Each event is self-contained.
Q: Is food and accommodation included in your courses?
A: Unfortunately accommodation is unavailable. Lunch is provided for all our full-day courses and some of our half-day events.
Q: Will I be asked to say anything, or speak in front of a group of people?
A: No. But you can ask questions if you want to.
Q: Is there any physical exercise involved, such as yoga?
A: No. The courses focus on meditation alone.
Q: Can I sit on a chair or do I have to sit cross legged?
A: Yes, you can sit on a chair! There are also other seating arrangements for those who like to sit on the floor in the traditional cross legged style.
Q: What do I need to bring?
A: Nothing in particular. However, some people find it useful to bring a notepad and pen.
Q: How should I dress?
A: There are no special requirements, but comfortable clothing is generally best.