Breath by Breath: Exploring Mindfulness of Breathing
- Thu Apr 22nd 2021
- 7:00 pm
- 9:15 pm
- Booking required
- £30 registration fee, plus £60 suggested donation
This course runs over 6 weeks from Thursday 22 April – Thursday 27 May, 7-9.15pm
The Mindfulness of Breathing is often one of the first meditation practices we learn, usually with an emphasis on developing calm and positive mental states. Join Bodhilila and Maitripushpa as we let go of the usual 4 stage structure and explore how the Buddha taught mindfulness of breathing as a path to awakening and insight.
While it does what it says on the tin (teaching on ‘mindfulness’ and ‘breathing’), this central Buddhist meditation text encourages us to bring in not only the breathing body but also our sensations, emotions, mind and key concepts of wisdom (impermanence and letting go). Combining mindfulness of breathing with a series of simple contemplations, the Anapanasati Sutta shows how mindfulness practice can help us to develop calm and insight and to free our hearts and minds.
This Going Deeper meditation course is an opportunity to transform your understanding and experience of mindfulness of breathing meditation, with plenty of practice and discussion and even some geeky historical facts about the text and practice.
It only takes a reminder to breathe,
a moment to be still, and just like that,
something in me settles, softens, makes
space for imperfection. The harsh voice
of judgment drops to a whisper and I
remember again that life isn’t a relay
race; that we will all cross the finish
line; that waking up to life is what we
were born for.
Booking and financial assistance:
The non-refundable booking fee for this course is £30, with a suggestion for additional voluntary donation of £60 (if you wish or are in a position to give this).
We still want to make our events available to everyone who wants to attend so please contact the centre and ask for a bursary if you want to attend but can’t manage the booking fee: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bodhilila and Maitripushpa