Life with Full Attention
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Life with Full Attention
4th May @ 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm BST
Life with Full Attention – An eight-week practical course in mindfulness
With all that’s going on in the world right now there’s so many reasons to feel anxious, overwhelmed and upset on a daily basis. So much so that we just want to shut off from it all.
Mindfulness has grown in popularity over recent years as a way of dealing with the stress of the modern world, but the Buddha’s mindfulness teachings are far more than this. They are a direct way of seeing deeply into the truth of life – its beauty, its ephemerality and its sense of meaning.
When we feel in connection with this sense of meaning it becomes possible to compassionately engage with the suffering of the world, without becoming overwhelmed by it. Our own life become more vivid through this practice, as do the lives of others around us.
Join us as we draw out and investigate these critical themes of awareness. Week by week, this course offers practical instruction and exercises on bringing the practice of mindfulness to different facets of life; the body, nature, art, day-to-day living, other people. What emerges as the weeks go on is a new way of engaging with the world; one that is not just calmer or less stressed, but deeply connected to a sense of beauty and meaning.
Participants will receive Maitreyabandhu’s book Life with Full Attention as part of the course.
Led by Amarapuspa & Taramani
Eight Wednesday evenings from 4th May
7.15pm – 9.30pm, with a break
In-person at Effra Space, SW2 1PX
Booking Essential, places limited:
Watch Amarapuspa introducing the course
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 £140/£80 for the whole 8-week course, depending on your income.
– Can I come if I’m new or if I’m not a Buddhist? –
Yes! All of our courses are open to all, and newcomers are very welcome. There will be people with a range of experience on this course, including people who have been practicing Buddhism or meditation for many years, as well as many people who are completely new. We find that having a wide range of experiences gives the best opportunity for exploring the themes of the course.
– I can’t make all the dates, can I still do the course? –
If you cannot do the whole course, then it is ok to miss a week or two of the series. However, it is good to make as many as you can. The material in the courses develops over the weeks, and you may find it difficult to follow if you miss too many. We do ask that everyone is at least able to make the first week of the course, so that we can all start the course together.
– What if I can’t afford to come? –
All our courses are free to book, with a suggested or recommended donation. We do this so that anyone experiencing serious financial difficulties can book on without giving any donation at all if they cannot afford to do so.
Obviously our courses do require money to run, so we rely on the generous donations from those that can afford to pay the full cost in order to subsidise those who cannot afford to do so. This is in accordance with the Buddhist principle of open-handed generosity. We are pleased to say that in the many years we have offered courses in this way, most people decide to give, and those that are unable to do so at the present time are very appreciative of still having the opportunity to attend.