Saturday Meditation Courses

COST: £10/ Course. FREE WITH MEMBERSHIP
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Saturday 23 January

2-3.30pm

The Beginners Guide to Successful Meditation

with Gen-la Kunsang

LIVE-STREAMED (available to watch the replay up to 72 hours after the live class)

Here’s a secret. Meditation is not mystical. It’s not mysterious. And it’s definitely not what you see on holiday adverts for two weeks out East. Authentic meditation is a simple, clear, step by step process which anyone, anywhere can learn – with the right instructions and right encouragement. We just have to see the benefits and want to do it.

In this course Gen-la Kunsang will explain the essential elements of meditation, how to begin and make progress. It is an opportunity to learn or refresh the basic concepts and skills that make meditation a truly effective way of improving our daily lives – and the best method for solving the problems that life throws at us.

No experience is necessary. You just need to have a mind and a starting point! And the starting point is where your life is now. So, it is a ‘come as you are’ day. Just bring yourself and we will provide the guidance, the encouragement and a chance to practice some genuine meditation skills.

A mindfulness meditation course

Learn to meditate

In this course Gen-la Kunsang will explain the essential elements of meditation, how to begin and make progress.

Saturday 6 February

2-3.30pm

Understanding the Mind

with Gen-la Kunsang

LIVE-STREAMED (available to watch the replay up to 72 hours after the live class)

We all have a mind but if asked to say what it is we would probably point to our heads with a puzzled look on our face! It is the most intimate thing we have but we know little about it at all. Except one thing. If our mind is not happy, we are not happy. If our mind is unpeaceful, agitated, irritated, stressed or depressed then it is impossible to be happy. We know this because it happens to us all the time.

If we took a moment to reflect, we would come to a conclusion. I need to know what my mind is and how it works. How to control it and make it peaceful and positive. Because if I don’t, I will never be truly happy. The conclusion is that simple – we just need to know where to begin.

In this course we will learn how to approach meditation from the point of view of understanding our mind. Gen-la will explain what our mind is, how it functions, how to bring it under control and get positive results from our meditation.

how to understand the mind course

Understanding the mind

In this course we will learn how to approach meditation from the point of view of understanding our mind. Gen-la will explain what our mind is, how it functions, how to bring it under control and get positive results from our meditation.

Saturday 13 February

2-3.30pm

Love Hurts? We Need a Reality Check

with Gen-la Kunsang

LIVE-STREAMED (available to watch the replay up to 72 hours after the live class)

Forget every pop song – love never hurts! Love cannot hurt. The problem is we don’t know what love is, actually. We use the word many times a day – but ask yourself if you know what it is. Could you explain it clearly and precisely to someone? And most importantly can you distinguish between love and attachment?

Attachment hurts but never love. Attachment hurts ourselves and others. It gives rise to anger and jealousy. It makes us stupid and insensitive, sometimes even crazy. We can see what we need to do: cultivate love, reduce and abandon attachment. In this way we become happier ourselves and all our relationships become more positive and rewarding.

Gen-la Kunsang will explain the essential steps in developing a truly loving outlook and how we can achieve this with some easy-to-follow meditations.

a course about love

Reality check: Is it love or attachment?

Gen-la Kunsang will explain the essential steps in developing a truly loving outlook and how we can achieve this with some easy-to-follow meditations.

Saturday 20 February

2-3.30pm

Taking Control of Pain

with Gen-la Kunsang

IN-PERSON (to be confirmed closer to time) & LIVE-STREAMED (available to watch the replay up to 72 hours after the live class)

Pain, physical or emotional, has two parts: the pain itself – and how we understand and respond to that pain. Normally we don’t make that distinction. We just hurt and get angry, depressed or desperate.  Often, beyond medication, treatment or therapy, we feel there is little else we can do. It seems the natural response.

But there are two things we can do. Firstly, we can learn not to add a painful mental response to the pain we are responding to. If we do, the result is not one pain problem but two. When we begin to understand the nature of painful feelings, we can learn to neutralise this exaggerating effect through the practice of positive patient acceptance.

Secondly, we can use Buddha’s wisdom to find helpful insights in our experience of pain and suffering. We can use the pain itself as the basis for all our spiritual growth, inner strength and ultimately the solution to all our suffering.

We cannot cure your problems in one afternoon! But we can point you towards a totally realistic and more empowering way of dealing with your pain.

Taking Control of Pain

Pain, physical or emotional, has two parts: the pain itself - and how we understand and respond to that pain. Normally we don’t make that distinction. We just hurt and get angry, depressed or desperate. Learn how to eliminate pain from our minds.

6-7 March

The Healing Power of Wisdom

An Invitation to the Empowerment of Buddha Manjushri

with Gen-la Kunsang

IN-PERSON (to be confirmed closer to time) & LIVE-STREAMED (available to watch the replay up to 72 hours after the live class)

Join us for one of the most joyful events in the KMC Edinburgh calendar – the Empowerment of Buddha Manjushri, the Wisdom Buddha. Wisdom is such a rare commodity in these modern times. We need wisdom because nothing else is healing our problems. We can see this, in our lives and in our world. So this empowerment is an occasion to rejoice.

From Buddha to his disciple, Manjushri, to Je Tsongkhapa to our own Spiritual Guide venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche these wisdom teachings have been passed down through the centuries. This unbroken lineage is our own spiritual ancestry. It is like a priceless heirloom handed down through time to our modern world.

The empowerment is the special ceremony through which we can enter that lineage ourselves. We receive special advice, the blessings of our Spiritual Guide and make a personal connection with Manjushri. It gives strength to all our spiritual practices and in particular the wisdom meditations associated with Manjushri. Through this we can rapidly experience the wisdom and spiritual power of this unsurpassed lineage for ourselves.

The empowerment will be guided by Gen-la Kunsang in a very clear, light and easy-to-follow way. It will be followed by an introduction to the practice of Manjushri. On Sunday there will be an opportunity to learn the practise of Heart Jewel, the daily wisdom meditation of our own tradition.

Everyone is very welcome.

Blessing empowerment of Buddha Manjushri

Buddha Manjushri

The empowerment of Buddha Manjushri is a special ceremony and guided meditation in which we receive special blessings and inspiration from the Wisdom Buddha that awaken our potential to become a pure, enlightened being.