WINTER TEACHINGS 2016-2017: Finding Peace and Happiness in Everyday Life

WINTER TEACHING: BODHISATTVA’S WAY OF LIFE

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TEACHING FOUR: Developing a Flexible Mind through Meditation

Meditation is the tool that is used to quieten the mind’s activity, allowing the mind and body to relax. The Mind can then be used to focus without distraction on the vital points of contemplation.

Meditation is also used to become increasingly familiar with the process and contents of our Mind.

Our Mind has been formed during many lifetimes, and consequently relays much old conditioning to our body, senses, and speech.

It is this state of Mindful Awareness which can be used in daily life to transform the Mind bringing peace and happiness to yourself and others.

The Venerable Acharya Panchen Ötrul Rinpoche will teach on finding Peace and Happiness in Daily Life using the text:

The Bodhisattva’s Way of Life by Shantideva

Where would I possibly find enough leather

With which to cover the surface of the earth?
But (just) leather on the soles of my shoes
Is equivalent to covering the earth with it.unnamed

Likewise it is not possible for me
To restrain the external course of things;
But should I restrain this mind of mine
What would be the need to restrain all else?

–excerpted from Shantideva’s The Bodhisattva’s Way of Life

This text is the essence and at the Heart of the Tibetan Buddhist Path. It explains how step by step, by training and transforming the mind, our own full human potential can be gained.  It is a very beautiful text, and of great fundamental benefit to any one wishing to develop their own spirituality; it also is of value for everyone seeking to be free of problems and fear.

Ven. Rinpoche will teach on how it is possible to gently integrate these teachings into our everyday life. By guiding us through the vital points of this seminal text, Ven. Rinpoche will explain clearly how we are able to achieve both present and future happiness in our lives, with confidence and ease in each moment.

A Bodhisattva is that person who aspires, through commitment and determination, to reach the highest of all Spiritual achievements: the Infinite Compassion and Wisdom of the Enlightened Mind. This is achieved not solely for one’s own benefit, but for the benefit of all beings with total equanimity. The Bodhisattva serves as a light for those in darkness, bringing compassionate wisdom to every relationship in the world and to all beings they encounter.

As we slowly learn to actualise these teachings in our life, the mind becomes relaxed, less stressed and more peaceful, fostering a sense of deep contentment, well-being and happiness.

 

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Teaching weekends 2016-2017 will be held on the following dates:

8th-9th October
5th-6th November
14th-15th January 2017
11th-12th February
11th-12th March
Spring Retreat [Easter Weekend] 
Friday 14th April- Monday 17th April