Meditation: Going Deeper – The Art of Meditation
- Mon Jun 11th 2018
- 7:30 pm
- 9:15 pm
- Booking required
- £120 Full waged / £80 Part waged / £40 Unwaged
Six Mondays 11 June – 16 July 7.30-9.15pm
Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing. – Georgia O’Keefe (painter)
This course is for people who have completed an ‘Introduction to Meditation’ course (or equivalent) and have their own a regular meditation practice. See below for details – please ask if you’re unsure whether this course is suitable for you.
As with any art, meditation benefits from new techniques, as well as from looking at familiar ones from new perspectives. This course does both, bringing together discipline and intuition, as well as emphasising imagination, including through the Six Element Practice. We’ll also include traditional Vajrayana as well as Zen approaches to give our practice fresh energy and vigour. If you have ever felt stuck in your practice, or in a rut, then this is the course for you.
The art of meditation requires skilful discipline, but also intuition, a kind of letting go. The two work together, like two sticks rubbing together to produce a spark – the spark of the awakened mind. As one becomes proficient with them both, practice becomes more and more inherently satisfying, and one finds pleasure and beauty in just sitting, wholeheartedly. An inborn precision develops, and this gives rise to another kind of perception, or absorption, a ‘holding still’. The need for the stages of a structured practice, or for counting, or for any effort or reference point, may fall away, and one finds oneself in a space in which everything is included – intellect, emotions, body, and both conflict and peace.
Imagination is an important aspect of the art of meditation, and we will explore the traditional Six Element Practice, which is a powerful way of creatively engaging your imagination in your practice and expanding your horizons. Alongside it, we will also using chanting and the cultivation of metta to evoke the more transpersonal aspects of the mind.
This course is intended for people who have completed an ‘Introduction to Meditation’ course (or equivalent), have a good working knowledge of the Mindfulness of Breathing in four stages and Metta Bhavana in five stages, and have their own a regular meditation practice. You’ll need to be able to work with your posture, and with hindrances and antidotes, and lead yourself through a practice without guidance. You may well have been on retreat, and will preferably have some experience of practice within the Triratna Buddhist Community.
Full payment is required to make your booking. Please make sure you have read all the details on this page, and understand any specific commitments required before booking. Payments are non transferable but can be refunded up to 5 working days before the course starts (minus £20 cancellation fee). In the event of the course being cancelled, you will receive a full refund.
Please either click on the ‘Book Online’ button above, or write a cheque payable to West London Buddhist Centre and send with your booking request to:
The West London Buddhist Centre,
45a Porchester Rd,
London W2 5DP
Please include your name, email and phone number with your booking.