Concentration course: stillness from within
Training in concentration: half or full day course, with option for home practice and retreat.
With Birgit Saunders and Kelsang Phunwang.
It sometimes feels as if we are living in a really crazy, noisy world.
The media, our children, our colleagues and family clamour for our attention.
Everywhere we go, we are surrounded by advertising with promises of a better, more fulfilling life, greater comfort and more fun.
The to do lists grow longer... and, sometimes it can feel that our mind is a bit like a ball bouncing from one thing to the next in a state of perpetual motion, that is both erratic and exhausting.
It can be really, really difficult to find any sense of stillness and clarity.
How do we learn to focus our mind, so that we can begin to see things more clearly – and become an island of calm in stormy seas?
This three-part course is all about helping us to train in concentration so that our mind becomes more peaceful, our focus clearer, and our meditations smoother.
There are two options for this course: Option A: Half-day course.
Option B: Half-day course + afternoon workshop + home practice + weekend retreat.
Part One: Half-day course: Concentration – The essence of meditation: Birgit and Phunwang will discuss what concentration is, and suggest practical methods for improving our ability to focus our minds and reduce distractions. They will take us through some beautiful meditations the clarity of the mind that help us deepen our concentration.
Full-day: The afternoon session will be a workshop that sets us up for the home practice part of the course.
Part Two: Home Practice. Mindfulness – Tying our mind to the object. This section of the programme requires maintaining a daily meditation practice of 20 minutes or more. (The day course will set us up for this.)
Part Three. Weekend Retreat. Making progress in our practice. This is the section of the programme where we reap the rewards of home practice! It is a silent retreat, and in past years most students have found that this is where things really come together - and they are often surprised by just how much progress they have made in developing the strength and stillness of their concentration.
Option A: Half-day course, Amitabha Centre, 174 Albert Street, Palmerston North
Sunday, June 27. 10am – 2pm: Improving concentration
Option B: Full-day (at the Amitabha centre) + home training + weekend retreat (at Sixtus Lodge)
Sunday, June 27: 10am – 4.30pm: Improving concentration, followed by a workshop
June 28 - August 27: Home practice
Friday, August 27 - Sunday, August 29: weekend retreat at Sixtus Lodge
More info and to book, visit Amitabha Buddhist Centre's website.