Sat 15 Jul | Which Way to Happiness? | 10:30am – 3:30pm | Morden


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We are constantly seeking happiness. Nothing excites us more than the prospect of a nice meal, a new relationship, a sunny holiday, or a better paid job. Yet although we have spent our whole life searching for happiness, moving from friend to friend,  from place to place, and from enjoyment to enjoyment, have we ever found what we are seeking?

If we are honest, we have will have to admit that we have not. We are like the thief who entered Milarepa’s cave one night, looking for something valuable to steal; Milarepa laughed, and asked ‘How do you expect to find anything valuable here at night, when I cannot find anything valuable here during the day?’ How can we expect to find happiness in the cycle of ordinary life – a life controlled by delusions such as anger and attachment, known as ‘samsara’ – when all the Buddhas have been unable to find it?

But if happiness cannot be found in ordinary life and in our ordinary enjoyments, where can it be found? In this course we will develop a new way of seeking happiness, called ‘renunciation’, that will finally fulfil our wish to be happy all the time. We will learn:

  • How a mind called ‘attachment’ constantly torments us, causing endless dissatisfaction and keeping us trapped in samsara, the cycle of ordinary life
  • How to solve our daily problems and progress towards real, lasting happiness through controlling our attachment with ‘renunciation’, a wish for liberation, or nirvana
  • How to attain a state of pure and everlasting happiness, known as liberation, through contemplating Buddha’s wisdom teachings on the ’empty’ nature of all phenomena

Suitable for beginners and more experienced practitioners alike. Please come along!

10.30 – 11.30amSession 1
12 – 1pmSession 2
2.30 – 3.30pmSession 3

Thomas has over 10 years’ experience of meditation and study within the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT). He has successfully completed many meditation retreats, and has studied under a number of senior NKT teachers. Thomas is known and respected for his skill in presenting meditation topics in a joyful, down to earth, insightful and very practical way.

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Kadampa World Peace Temple
1a Ashridge Way, London SM4 4EF

The Kadampa World Peace Temple is a dedicated spiritual space in South London which provides people with a quiet, beautiful, peaceful, and safe environment to learn about Meditation. The Centre is part of an international network of Kadampa Centres providing a place of peace and refuge open to everyone.

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Here are some common questions that people ask about our meditation classes. If you have any other questions please contact us and we will be happy to help you in anyway.

Q) What is meditation?

The purpose of meditation is to cultivate positive states of mind, conducive to peace and well-being, and overcome negative habits of mind. Happiness is a state of mind, therefore the real source of happiness lies in the mind, not in external conditions. When our mind is peaceful we are free from worries and mental discomfort, and we experience true happiness.

Meditation is a technique used by millions of people to develop a calm and peaceful mind. It reduces stress, anxiety, and other negative states of mind and promotes physical and mental well-being. The meditations we guide are non-sectarian, non-judgemental, and universal. They are simple and accepted methods to help people tackle the stress and anxiety associated with the challenges of modern daily life.

Q: Do I have to sit of the floor?
A: No, people have the choice of sitting on a chair or they can bring their own cushion and sit on the floor.

Q: Do I need to have a religious affiliation to attend these weekly classes?
A: No. Everything is presented in a way that is accessible to everyone, and no religious affiliation is required.

Q: Do I need to have experience of meditation to attend a weekly class?
A: No. Everyone is welcome, including beginners.

Q: Are these classes suitable for someone who already has some experience of meditation?
A: The teachings are designed to be simple yet profound, so that every class provides something for everyone.

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: 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.

Q: If I want to attend a weekly class, do I need to wait for the next course of classes to begin?
A: No. Each class is self-contained. You can drop in whenever you can, and start whenever you like.

Q: Do I need to book in advance?
A: For weekly classes it is not necessary to book in advance.

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