Events that will Transform Your Life

June

7

 

Fundraising Meal & Meditation Night

Friday 7th June 7pm to 10.30pm £20.00

Every year the Centre needs to raise additional funds, over and above anything we raise through running classes and events. One of the most popular ways to do this is to hold a meditation and meal evening with enjoyable and inspiring fundraising activities. This way we also get to enjoy a guided meditation followed by a superb 3 course vegetarian meal lovingly prepared by members of the community.

June

15

 

Are You Dreaming?

Sat 15 June 10.00 – 1.00 pm £15

Why is it so difficult to relax and find peace of mind? Why is our mind full of so many disturbing thoughts? The reason our mind is always tense is that we strongly believe the things we normally see actually exist. If we wish to experience pure happiness we must learn to stop grasping at the things we normally see and relate to everything as like a dream. Learn how we can discover the truth of what we see by meditating on emptiness.

June

22

 

Advice for a Meaningful Life: Understand Your Mind

Sat 22 June 10.30 – 12.00 pm £6

Since the mind is the source of all happiness we need to gain control of our mind. This needs us to understand its nature and function. In particular we will look at practical ways to stop our distractions and be able to concentrate on the things we need to do such as meditation. A short class including teaching and guided meditation to help us understand the mind.

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.