WEEKLY MEDITATION CLASSES ON MONDAY EVENINGS

  • Day

    Monday evenings

  • Time

    7-8.15pm

  • Teacher

    Alana Notman

  • Where

    Borders General Hospital, Chaplaincy Centre, Melrose, Roxburghshire, TD6 9BS

CLASS FORMAT

Breathing meditation

Classes start with a 15-minute breathing meditation, which is guided by the teacher – designed to settle the mind and let go of distractions, in order to get the most out of the session.

Talk on the topic

The middle of the class consists of practical teachings that offer us a deep insight into the power of our mind. Understanding our mind empowers us to improve our experience of daily life. Each week is self-contained but the topics covered will vary each week exploring a variety of meditations that can be reproduced at home.

Concluding meditation

The final meditation will last around 10-15 minutes and vary depending on the focus for the week. This will help us to improve our practical experience of meditation and enable us to carry the insights we gain into our daily life.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end.

Current course: How to transform your life

DATES: 8, 15, 22, 29 January

Each class consists of guided meditations and a talk based on the topic.

Topics:

  1. What is meditation?
  2. The benefits of meditation
  3. How to begin meditation
  4. A transforming meditation – kindness of others

Next course: Choose happiness – 5-26 Feb

DATES: 5, 12, 19, 26 FebruaryEight steps to happiness book cover

A series based on one of Buddhism’s best-loved teachings, Eight Verses of Training the Mind, by the great Tibetan Bodhisattva, Langri Tangpa. Clear methods are simply presented for transforming all life’s difficulties into valuable spiritual insights, for improving our relationships, and for bringing greater patience, empathy and compassion into our daily life. These methods have inspired generations of Buddhist practitioners for almost a thousand years, and brought lasting peace, inspiration and serenity to countless people. Now, with this book, Venerable Geshe Kelsang shares the immeasurably rich insight of this ancient wisdom to help us find greater happiness and meaning in our busy, modern lives. With this revised presentation, The New Eight Steps to Happiness, Venerable Geshe-la re-introduces us to the essential practices of Training the Mind. He not only challenges our entire understanding of the world, but also challenges us to transform ourself into the greatest being we can possibly become!

Each class consists of guided meditations and a talk based on the topic.

Topics:

1) What is happiness?
2) Overcoming obstacles to happiness
3) Dealing with difficult people
4) Staying happy

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Alana has been practising meditation and studying Buddhism for many years. She brings to her teachings a wealth of practical ways to use Buddhist meditation, sharing her appreciation and experience of the many benefits for our relationships and happiness. Alana studies on the Foundation Programme and will be teaching a regular evening class in the Scottish Borders from June 2017. She is known for her practical, down-to-earth and light-hearted approach.

What people are saying about meditating at KMC Edinburgh?

“This meditation course was for me a new way to frame my thoughts about meditation… both content and organisation made it a thoroughly satisfying, thought provoking experience.” – Ruth

“Very interesting, inspirational, spiritual, and therapeutic!” – Katerina

“Very practical solutions to anxiety and stress. Core buddhist teachings. The teacher is very experienced, and the people are super friendly.” – Ron

What does the class entail?

Each class consists of a breathing meditation to settle the mind, a short talk exploring an aspect of training in mindfulness and a second meditation based on the ideas raised. The session concludes with some take away advice that can be practised beyond the sessions allowing the benefits to pervade our life.

Do I have to attend all 4 weeks?

No, each class is self-contained and can be attended on a drop-in basis. However, it is beneficial if possible to attend the entire series of classes.

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