Events that will Transform Your Life
Living Meditation – Breathing to Boost Health
Sat 2 Feb 10.30 – 12.00 pm £6
A short class explaining a special breathing meditation to produce calm and increase the good health of your body and mind. There are many types of breathing meditation but this one has the power to transform your body and mind.
Be the Change
Sat 9 Feb 10.00 – 1.00 pm £15
To change our life we also need to change ourself. Happiness does not depend upon what others think of you but but how you think of yourself. There are many types of people in this world and it is important that we choose one which will find happiness and benefit others in the future.
Think Big and Be a Bodhisattva
Sat 9 March 10.00 – 3.30 pm £25 (lunch inc)
To get to the supreme happiness of enlightenment quickly we need to think big. This supreme virtue is called Bodhichitta, a mind wishing to attain ultimate happiness for the benefit of all living beings. Such a big compassionate mind is rare to find in this small world but once developed it has the power to solve all our human problems and take us swiftly to enlightenment. The course will include the ceremony for taking the Bodhisattva Vow, the promise to practice the methods that lead to our ultimate goal, now.
Love Without Pain
Sat 16 March 10.30 – 12.00 pm £6
Venue: The Friends Meeting House, 27 Ashgate Road, Chesterfield S40 4AG
Learn how to distinguish real love from painful attachment so that we can develop a more unconditional and peaceful love in our close relationships.
A Closer Look at Death
Sat 23 March 10.00 – 1.00 pm £15
We tend to avoid thinking about the one thing that is certain; we will eventually die. If we challenge the conventional wisdom about death we can discover a new and liberating relationship based on the real truth. This will encourage us to live a positive and meaningful life now and overcome any fear when the time to depart comes.
Use the Happiness-Health Connection
Sat 30 March 10.30 – 12.00 pm £6
Learn why meditation is important for your health. Experience has shown that our state of happiness and well-being are crucial for our health. If we understand the connection we will be inspired to look after our mental health.
Pathway to the Pure Land
Sat 6 April 10.00 – 1.00 pm £15
How to practise powa, the transference of consciousness, at the time of death. At the time of death our mind naturally leaves this body but generally cannot choose its next rebirth. Experienced meditators of powa, however, can choose their next rebirth and direct their consciousness to a higher state. Receive a brief introduction to this precious practice.
How to Connect With Your Spiritual Guide
Sat 4 May 10.00 – 1.00 pm £15
We all like the idea of living a spiritual life rather than following our innate worldly desires. A spiritual life however arises and is sustained by reliance on a qualified spiritual guide who can lead us to where ever we want to go. Learning how to connect with him or her throughout our life, as we work, rest and play is at the heart of our spiritual life.
Retreat in the Country: Get to Know Your Own Mind
Friday 10 – 12 May 2019
Take yourself away for this valuable weekend retreat in the beautiful and peaceful space of Madhyamaka Meditation Centre in East Yorkshire. Learn how we can unwind and relax after a busy week, connect with others and then feel inspired by beautiful meditations on the mind.
Advice for a Meaningful Life: Live According to the Law of Karma
Sat 18 May 10.30 – 12.00 pm £6
Our actions bring many hidden results. Only by listening to Buddhas teachings on karma can we begin to understand where our suffering comes from. Learn how to gain conviction in the law of karma and how to take that understanding into daily life.
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.
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.
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.