Not About Being Good – A Practical Course on Buddhist Ethics
In-person, held at EffraSpace. Brixton
Buddhist ethics are not about conforming to a set of conventions, not about “being good” in order to gain material, social, or religious rewards.
Buddhist ethics don’t see human nature as something to be beaten into submission, tamed, or domesticated. Buddhism is not trying “to cure life of itself.” Buddhism is about fulfilling our human nature, not diminishing it, and its ethics are both the means and the expression of this fulfillment. In Buddhism, being ethical means being truly human.
During this six-week course we will be laying out practical ways to do just that and exploring the positive effects of living ethically. There will be talks, meditation and reflection as well as support with your practice in small groups.
We will be using Subhadramati’s book: Not About Being Good, as our guide to the course. You will receive a copy this book on the first evening of the course.
This course is suitable for those newer to Buddhism or meditation, as well as experienced practitioners who have completed courses with us before.
Led by Maitrinara and Amaladana
Six Wednesday evenings from 23rd June, but with no session on Wed 21st July. The final week of the course will be 4th August.
7.00pm – 9.30pm, with a break
at Effra Space, SW2
Booking Essential, places limited:
*please note, depending on government guidance on social contact following 21st June, this course may not be socially distanced.*
Our courses are free to book, but all donations are gratefully received. We are completely reliant on your gifts to run these events, and to keep them free for those without the means to give financially. We’d suggest a donation of £90/£45 for the whole 6-week course, depending on your income.
Life with Full Attention
A Practical Course in Mindfulness
If we want to find greater depth and richness in our lives, we need to take a look at our current experience. We so often overlook the one thing that defines whether our experience is a happy or unhappy one – our minds. Our state of mind filters everything, and if we want to feel like our life is going anywhere we need to attend to our minds.
In this eight-week practical course in mindfulness, we will be looking at how to do this week on week, starting with applying mindfulness in everyday life and culminating in mindfulness of the nature of reality. The book Life with Full Attention by Maitreyabandhu will be our guide to daily practice. A copy of the book will be given to you at the beginning of the course.
This course is suitable for those new to Buddhism and meditation as well as those who have completed a course with us before.
Eight Tuesday evenings via zoom, starting Monday 19th January
7:15pm – 9:00pm with a break
Led by Amarapuspa and Amaladana
This course is free of charge but all donations are gratefully received. We’d suggest £100/£140 depending on your income.