Letting go of worries

taught by Resident Teacher Gen-la Kunsang

***Thursday is a repeat of Wednesday class

Join us for this special 5-week course either on Wednesday or Thursday evenings in our new purpose built meditation centre on Leith Walk!

By learning to rely upon peaceful positive attitudes for our peace of mind, we can start to free ourselves from worry. In this course, we will explore methods to enable us to accomplish this.

The teachings are based on Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s book ‘How to transform your life’ (available to download as a free eBook)

week 1: Where does worry come from

week 2: Understanding the mind

week 3: How to transform our mind

week 4: Keeping calm

week 5: How to stay positive

Date & Time & Venue & Fee

Dates: Wednesdays & Thursdays 14, 15 | 21, 22 | 28, 29 Nov, 5,6 | 12, 13 Dec

Time: 7-8.30pm

Venue: Kadampa Meditation Centre Edinburgh, 172 Leith Walk, EH6 5EA

Fee: £10/ drop-in class | free for members

The teacher

Gen-La KunsangGen-la Kelsang Kunsang  is a Kadampa Buddhist nun with more than 25 years experience, during which time she has travelled the world teaching meditation and explaining Buddha’s teachings. She demonstrates an extraordinary and inspirational example of a modern-day Kadampa practitioner. Her teachings are powerful and clear.

About the centre

Kadampa Meditation Centre Edinburgh is a not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to create peace and harmony within our world.
The centre has a purpose-built meditation hall to provide a haven of peace in the midst of the city. Everyone is welcome to use the hall for quiet contemplation outside class hours.
Everyone is welcome!

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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 on how to begin and make progress in meditation. 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.

FAQs

Q) Do I need to be Buddhist to attend?

A) No. We try to present Buddha’s teachings in a way that is accessible to everyone, and no religious obligation is required.

Q) Do I need to have any experience?

A) No. Everyone is welcome, including beginners. The classes are fully guided so all you need to do is show up.

Q) Do I need to wear a specific type of clothing?

A) No. Meditation is done mainly on chairs and you can choose to wear whatever is most comfortable.

Q) Is there any physical exercise involved?

A) No. The classes focus on meditation and teachings alone. You can choose to sit on a chair or meditation cushion.

Q) Do I need to wait for the next series of classes to begin?

A) No, please feel free to drop in whenever you like. Attending the entire series of classes is highly beneficial, as each class builds on the next. However, each class is taught in such a way that if you only attend one class, you will derive benefit from it.

Q) Why do your charge for classes?

A) We are a registered charity (Charity # SC038810) run entirely by volunteers, no-one receives a salary. However, the funds we receive are used to maintain the meditation centre in good working order – any surplus is donated to the charity International Temples Project.