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Mind Reactive, Mind Creative: A guide to changing your mind

9th November @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm GMT

Mind Reactive, Mind Creative: A guide to changing your mind

“There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so” – [Shakespeare, Hamlet]

The Buddhist tradition teaches that our minds radically shape the world we live in and the way we experience that world. If we approach life with a mind-set of fear, mis-trust and self-interest, we will find just that mirrored back to us. Alternatively, if we speak, act and reflect with a mind characterised by generosity and compassion then “happiness will follow like a shadow that never departs” [Dhammapada].

Join us for this six week course as we take a journey into the mind. Through introduction to some foundational Buddhist teachings, we’ll be unpacking what is meant by “mind”, the factors that lead us to our ways of viewing the world and how we might come into a more creative relationship with the narratives and stories that preoccupy us.

Participants will receive a booklet of Mind, Reactive and Creative – a guide to the core teachings on this course. It will be your companion as you progress through the course, offering reflections and explanations in a concise user-friendly style. Teaching on the course will be accompanied by suggestions for home practice.

Led by Amaladana & Devaghosa
Six Wednesday evenings from 9th November
7.00pm – 9.30pm, with a break
In-person at Effra Space, SW2 1PX

**Donations**

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 £106/£60 for the whole 6-week course, depending on your income.

**FAQ**

– 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.

– Can you claim Gift-Aid on my donation? –

Yes, we are able to claim Gift-Aid on your course donation if you have made any Gift-Aid eligible donations through our website in the past 4 years. This is a huge help to us, and is at no additional cost to you.

If you have not registered for Gift-Aid with us before and would like to do so, you can do this by making a donation of any amount through our website and clicking the ‘Gift-Aid’ box – https://brixtonbuddhistmeditation.org/donate

Details

Date:
9th November
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm GMT

Venue

Effraspace
Effraspace, 21 Effra Parade
Brixton, London SW2 1PX
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