Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism
Seeking freedom? That’s what the Buddha offered us! Freedom, however you see it for yourself! This course will integrate the path to freedom and the two basic meditations as taught by the Buddha.
We will spend time each week learning and practising meditation together, and exploring Buddhist teachings that take us from where we are to where we aspire to be - from who we are now to our highest aspirations.
Great for everyone from newcomers to experienced practitioners.
This is a 7 week course. Spaces are limited, and booking in advance is required. The cost for the whole course is $140 (or a concession rate of $105 for people who are unwaged).
|11 February||Who was the Buddha and what was the flavour and focus of his teachings. Introducing mindfulness and meditation posture.|
|18 February||What is the radical foundation teaching of the Buddha and how does it impact on all around us and give us infinite hope? Learning and practising the mindfulness of breathing meditation.|
|25 February||"Existence is dukkha." the Buddha taught but what is this dukkha and from where does is arise? Refining and practising mindfulness of breathing meditation.|
|3 March||So getting to the heart of it: what is the Buddhist path to freedom? The cultivation of the metta meditation - the what, how and why of this meditation.|
|10 March||On the Buddha's path to freedom where and how does my being 'good' fit? Further practice and understanding of the metta meditation.|
|17 March||On the Buddha's path to freedom why, where and how does meditation fit? Working with the difficulties that arise in meditation.|
|24 March||Reviewing just how wise we find the Buddha's teachings in my living a life of greater freedom? How and why develop a regular meditation practice.|
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it okay if I can't make every week?
The cost covers the entire course, and it is best to come every week. If you'd like to come but there is one or two weeks you can't make, please contact us before booking.
What should I wear?
There are no special requirements, just whatever is comfortable to sit in.
Do I need to be a Buddhist?
No the course is suitable for anyone who wants to learn about key Buddhist ideas.