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Although we wish to be happy all the time, why do we find it so difficult to actually be happy? Our daily negative emotions of stress, anxiety, and worry are preventing us from experiencing the happiness we seek.
Happiness is not something we are either born with or not born with. It is something we can train in. To do so, we need to know what are the actual true causes of happiness. According to Buddha, authentic happiness does not depend upon amassing specific external conditions, such as wealth, beauty, status, good relationships etc., but the internal ingredient of inner peace. Happiness is a positive state of mind, a habit, and it can be strengthened through training in meditation.
In this half-day course, Gen Chodor will share simple meditation techniques that are designed to help us experience and maintain authentic happiness and how we can continue to train in happiness during our busy daily lives.
Gen Chodor has been ordained since 2001 and has taught extensively in the UK and also in the US. He is loved and admired by his students because of his practical knowledge and warm presentations, authentic teachings, as well as his natural joy and sense of humour. He makes effort to put everyone at ease and to help them solve their many problems and anxieties with practical Dharma advice.
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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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