Come and discover the LBC and what it can offer you. Find out about Buddhism, learn to meditate and try a taster session in Breathing Space, our project offering mindfulness for well-being. Sun 18 Jan, 11am-5pm. Refreshments are provided and all events are free. No need to book.
Money, Relationships, Freedom & Truth
12pm/Talk: The Truth about Relationships. With Vishvantara.
Far from suggesting a cool, detached removal from emotional involvement with others, the Buddha’s teaching involves the cultivation of emotion at every level. What is the truth about our relationships, and how can it help us transform them?
1pm/Talk: The Truth about Money. With Subhadramati.
Money can be seen as the ultimate symbol of value. But what is really of value to us?
2pm/Talk: The Truth about Truth. With Jnanavaca.
What does Buddhism say about the nature of reality beyond the sphere of perception and concepts?
3pm/Talk: The Truth about Freedom. With Satyadasa.
Basic freedom is vital for happiness, and usually hard won. But is there a freedom to which all humans can aspire, regardless of wealth, race and nationality? The Buddha said all useful teachings have the taste of freedom.
By focusing on the breath one becomes aware of the mind’s tendency to jump from one thing to another. The simple discipline of concentration brings one back to the present moment and all the richness of experience that it contains. It is a way to develop mindfulness: an alert and sensitive awareness. As well as this, the Mindfulness of Breathing meditation is a good antidote to restlessness and anxiety, and a good way to relax. Concentration on the breath has a positive effect on one’s entire physical and mental state.
The Mindfulness of Breathing will be taught at: 11.15am, 12.15pm, 1.15pm, 2.15pm and 3.15pm
With poetic verses and chanting, Buddhist ritual helps us open up to mystery and value. Why not come along, have a go and see what it’s like? 4pm
MINDFULNESSFORHEALTH: talks and meditation sessions in Breathing Space (downstairs)
Breathing Space is the London Buddhist Centre’s Mindfulness for Health programme. We provide Mindfulness Based Approaches (MBAs) to help prevent relapse into depression and addiction, and to manage stress and anxiety.www.breathingspacelondon.org.uk
11.30am Talk: ‘Managing a stressful life with Mindfulness’ It’s very difficult to avoid stress and anxiety in our busy lives. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) can help us prevent difficult feelings, thoughts and moods overwhelming us, helps us avoid defaulting to unhelpful ‘coping’ strategies. New ways of relating to stress allow us open up to our full potential and lead more creative and productive lives. With Breathing Space teacher Satyavasin.
12.30pm Taster session : Get an experiential taster of a Breathing Space course. Includes Q&A. With Breathing Space manager Luke Doherty.
1.30pm Talk:Breathing Space in Schools Come along to this interactive session to find out about our school-based programme, which introduces mindfulness and meditation to students and staff. These weekly sessions support learning, emotional resilience and well-being, and help students to make better choices in any moment. With Breathing Space teacher Srivati.
2.30pm Taster session Get an experiential taster of something from a Breathing Space course, including Q&As. With Breathing Space teacher Sanghasiha.
3.30pm Talk: ‘MBCT:the mindful approach to relapse’ How can we apply mindfulness to our life in a way that helps us stay free from depression? With Breathing Space teacher Dayabhadra.