The Friends Meeting House, 27 Ashgate Road, Chesterfield S40 4AG

Tuesday 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm

Classes are suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators. Everyone is welcome. During the classes the teacher will explain how to meditate on various virtuous objects that will make the mind calm and peaceful; and how to use the insights gained to overcome our daily problems.

The class runs for an hour and a half. The teacher for this class is Gen Kelsang Chodor, the resident teacher at Heart Jewel Centre. Classes include 2 guided meditations, short talk and discussion.

The classes are self-contained so you can drop in any week. There is also no need to book.

Please note the centre is a registered charity and class fees cover only the running costs. Neither the teacher nor assistant receive any payment.

£6 per class (full-time students by donation). Or pay for each term in advance using credit card/Paypal account and save £1 on each class (i.e. £5 per class).

Rather than relying upon others to make you happy now is the time to believe in and utilise the power to make yourself happy. Buddhist meditation enables us to access this potential and discover a source of deep peace and joy inside us all. In this series of drop-in classes we will explain 5 different ways to make this potential come to life so that your whole life will become very meaningful.

1. Free Public Talk. The Power to be Happy. The power to be happy all the time comes from peace within and a controlled mind. Everyone wants to be happy but not many know how to do this. 

2. The Joys of Giving. Giving is a mind that is free from attachment and delights in giving to others. Such a quality will bring supreme joy to our lives, build enduring relationships and create great good fortune for the future.

3. The Joys of a Controlled Mind. A controlled mind depends upon a determination to abandon faults and strong mindfulness. Learn about the benefits of a controlled mind and how to achieve this.

4. The Joys of Patience. If we develop the ability to joyfully accept adversities we cannot avoid we will be able to be happy all the time and have the capacity to stop our anger and benefit others.

5. Joyful Energy. By relying on irreversible virtuous energy we will make our life very meaningful, benefit others and accumulate a vast collection of positive energy in our mind that will support the growth of inner peace.

6. The Joy of Focused Meditation. Meditation is the ability to concentrate single-pointedly on a virtuous object of mind and functions to make the mind progressively more and more peaceful. Learn how to train the mind to remain focused and peaceful.

All our problems arise from disturbed and deluded minds such as anger and attachment. Even outer problems like environmental dangers have their origins in unpeaceful minds. In Buddha's teachings you will find a systematic understanding of the nature and function of all these inner problems together with the methods for recognising, reducing and abandoning them.

1. Free Public Talk. Rethinking Our Problems. Learn the 3 stages we need to practise if we are to permanently solve all our human problems.

2. The Dangers of Anger. Using anger as an example learn how to identify the deluded mind of anger and understand how it harms you.

3. The Signs of Anger. Every problem starts with inappropriate attention and exaggeration. If we can see this process underway then we have a good chance of preventing the mind from actually developing.

4. Applying the Opponents. All problems have certain opponents that will temporarily give us immunity from them. One of the best opponents to anger is the virtuous mind of patient acceptance.

5. Purifying our Deluded Potentials. Buddha taught powerful methods for purifying the potentials for unpeaceful minds. A special meditation called 'Taking' motivated by compassion is the supreme method for curing ourself of our inner problems and purifying the potential in the mind for the problem to arise again.

6. Applying the Antidote. All problems have the same root in the mind called 'self-grasping'. Buddha taught the meditation on emptiness to purify delusions permanently so that we experience a complete and permanent cessation of all our problems.

Classes are free to Class Card Holders. See Membership Fees

 

The Power To Be Happy

3 Sept  The Power To Be Happy

9 Sept  The Joys Of Giving

16 Sept The Joys Of A Controlled Mind

8 Oct The Joys Of Patience

15 Oct Joyful Energy

22 Oct The Joy Of Focussed Meditation

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The Power To Be Happy

Rethinking Human Problems

5 Nov  Rethinking Our Problems

12 Nov  The Dangers Of Anger

19 Nov The Signs Of Anger

26 Nov Applying The Opponents

3 Dec Purifying Our Deluded Potentials

10 Dec Applying The Antidote

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Rethinking Human Problems

Classes are free to Class Card Holders. See Membership Fees
The Teacher Kelsang Chodor
The teacher of this class is Kelsang Chodor. He has been resident teacher at Heart Jewel centre for over three years. As a close disciple of Gehse Kelsang for nearly 20 years, and an ordained monk for 10 years he has a wealth of experience and understanding to share. His goal is to make all the teachings available in a practical way so that people can integrate them into their daily lives.

The Friends Meeting House