THE EVOLVING MIND | EVOLUTIONARY BUDDHISM
Buddhist perspectives on the nature of our reality accord well with current scientific understandings of biology, physics, cosmology and consciousness.
This 6-week course on the Evolving Mind, merges Buddhist meditations and practical reflections, with a fascinating look at scientific and Buddhist understandings of the development of consciousness.
We will present a theory that the evolution of consciousness has not only taken place at a species level through biological evolution, but also operates at the level of the group and individual through cultural and spiritual development. We will look at scientific and experiential evidence for this, and explore how both science and Buddhism might support this hypothesis.
Alongside this, we’ll be seeing how more traditional Buddhist teachings can inform our investigations; by undertaking weekly guided meditations, exercises and reflections, aimed at deepening our contemplation of our own place in the universe.
This course is suitable for those newer to Buddhism, meditation or scientific theories of evolution, as well as experienced practitioners who have completed courses with us before.
Six Tuesday evenings via zoom, starting Tuesday 20th April 7:00pm – 9:00pm with a break
Led by Viryanaga, an ordained Buddhist and Doctor of Cognitive Neuroscience.
This course is free of charge but all donations are gratefully received. We’d suggest £75/£100 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.