Modern Buddhism

The Path of Wisdom & Compassion

By developing and maintaining compassion and wisdom in daily life, we can transform our lives, improve relationships and look behind the ordinary appearances of this life. In this way we can solve all our daily problems and find lasting inner peace.

Receive the essential teachings of Modern Buddhism based on the books and Festival teachings by the renowned meditation teacher, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Each class will include a guided meditation and practical advice on how to integrate the teachings into daily life. They are suitable for everyone. 

You can down load a free copy of the book Modern Buddhism at http://www.emodernbuddhism.com/

Suitable for complete beginners, these classes will combine guided meditation with practical spiritual advice that you can apply immediately to your daily life to solve problems and find a deeper happiness.

Everyone is welcome.  You do not need to be a Buddhist to attend the classes, or to benefit from the techniques taught. 

They are easy to follow and do not need prior knowledge or experience. It is not necessary to attend all the classes and you can start anytime.

To register you pay for an individual classe using the Paypal button (Buy Now). Payments by Paypal and Credit Card are accepted. We will automatically receive details of your payment with your email address. We will use this contact address to forward your link for the teaching. Alternatively if you are coming in-person you can pay in cash (if open).

Alternatively you can purchase a monthly Centre Card for £20/month (you can cancel anytime) which gives you free access for all classes except special events and the Study Programme. If you have a Centre card there is no need to register for a place – links for all our classes will be sent automatically to you. For details of Centre cards go to https://heartjewel.org.uk/membership-fees/

The general structure of the class:

  • Practical teaching on meditation and aspects of positive thinking (approx. 30 – 40 mins)
  • Guided meditation including relaxation (approximately 25 mins)
  • Advise on how to put the teachings into practise in daily life. 

The classes are organised as short courses, usually around 4 weeks long. You can attend the whole course or simply drop in whenever you can as each class is self-contained. You can start anytime.

Classes are now live streamed using Zoom with 3-day catch up for those who cannot participate live or who want to view the class again. 

The teaching is given at the Centre in Matlock Bath. Up to 5 people can attend the class in person but this is by appointment only. 

Please pay in advance for each individual class  using Paypal/Card or make life easier and pay for a Centre Card which gives you access to all the classes for £20/month – see Membership Fees

With a Centre card you do not have to register for a class because links for all our classes will be sent automatically.

 

On the day of the class we will send you an email with a link to the session.

We will be using the software ZOOM to broadcast the meeting. It is best to download the app Zoom to your computer or phone from the internet. It is free and easy to register your account. 

When you click on the link we have sent you it will automatically open the session for you. Please check that your audio microphone is switched on. If you need to contact us during the session please use the CHAT function within ZOOM.

In summary:

– Pay & Sign up for classes well in advance

– Make sure you have ZOOM on your computer/phone

– Arrange a quiet place at home for the livestream meditation class

– Click on the link we send you 15 min before the start

– Get comfy if you can, loose fitting clothes are best for meditation

– Have a pen and paper handy for notes and writing down questions

We are currently not accepting any visitors due to Covid restrictions. We are hoping to be able to accept visitors to the Centre and at branch venues as soon as possible.

 

A Peaceful Heart

The Practice of Profound Patience

Thursdays 7 – 8.15 pm £5

Saturdays 10 – 11.15 am £5

Pay by Monthly Centre Card

Save time and money. For as little as £20/month you will automatically be sent links for all our classes and recordings. No need to book.

A Peaceful Heart – The Practice of Profound Patience. Patience is a mind that is able to accept, fully and happily whatever occurs. By accepting a situation patiently we will be able to maintain an open, accommodating and peaceful heart. In Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life the teacher Shantideva explains a profound patience that comes from applying Buddhas’ teachings on dependent relationship. If we apply this understanding to any suffering we are experiencing we will be able to avoid dwelling on unhappy thoughts and prevent anger from arising.

1. What is anger and what are its faults? Saturday 30 January

2. Why do we get angry? Thursday 4 February 

3. Who is there to blame? Thursday 11 February 

4. Who is there to feel sorry for? Saturday 6 March

Training in Tantra

The quick path to real lasting happiness 

Thursdays 7 – 8.15 pm £5

Saturdays 10 – 11.15 am £5

hans in gesture of peace with a background showing the night sky.

Pay by Monthly Centre Card

Save time and money. For as little as £20/month you will automatically be sent links for all our classes and recordings. No need to book.

Training in Tantra
In Buddhas’ Sutra teachings we receive great encouragement to accomplish the ultimate goal of human life, the state of enlightenment. This goal can be accomplished swiftly through the practice of Tantra. The universal compassion accomplished through the practice of Sutra teachings and the wisdom accomplished through the practice of Tantra are like 2 wings of a bird. Both are equally important for practitioners wishing to fly to enlightenment.

1. The Preciousness of Tantra. Saturday 13 March. In Tantra you find essential methods to completely purify our mind of all obstructions and therefore experience the complete purity of our world, our self, our enjoyments and our activities. This can be achieved swiftly through transforming all our enjoyments into the spiritual path.

2. The Objects to be Abandoned. Thursday 18 March.  In Tantra the principal objects to be abandoned are ordinary appearances and conceptions. What are these and how can we prevent them from arising?

3. Completion Stage. Saturday 27 March. Generation stage is like drawing the basic outlive of a picture and completion stage is like completing the picture. The objects of completion stage are the parts of our subtle body such as the channels and drops.

4. Union of Sutra and Tantra. Thursday 8 April. In Buddhas sutra teachings he explains how normal daily life is the nature of suffering and gave us great encouragement to accomplish the real meaning of human life through developing compassion and wisdom. In his Tantric teachings he explains how to view the world as a pure land so that we can accomplish our goal swiftly in one short human life. 

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