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The Taste of Freedom: A practical course in freeing ourselves from what binds us

25th January @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm GMT

The Taste of Freedom: A practical course in freeing ourselves from what binds us

This January, you can find out more about what Buddhism has to say about finding freedom through working with our minds on our latest Wednesday night course – suitable for those new to Buddhism and those with more experience.

The Buddha said of his teaching that ‘Just as the mighty ocean has but one taste, the taste of salt, so the Dharma has but one taste, the taste of freedom’.

The point of Buddhist practice is to free ourselves from whatever keeps us trapped in a mundane and repetitive cycle and to experience for ourselves real freedom. But how do we do that, and what does real freedom mean?

Everything that we experience in our lives, we experience through the lens of our mind. The state of our mind is the state of our lives, if we transform our mind then we can transform our lives. In this course we will explore this by looking at a pivotal point in the Buddhist path – stream entry – where it is said we finally break through the “fetters” that hold us back from reaching our full potential. We will take a good look at these “fetters” and see how they play out in our lives, both individually and collectively, and we will explore ways in which we can loosen, and eventually break them.

There will be talks, discussion and meditation, all led by experienced Buddhist practitioners. Along the way we will get glimpses of a genuine freedom and happiness which is not dependent on whether things are going well or badly in our day to day lives.

Participants will receive the book ‘A Taste of Freedom’ as part of the course.

Prajnagosha & Pam
Six Wednesday evenings from 25th January
7.00pm – 9.30pm, with a break
In-person at Effra Space, SW2 1PX

Booking Essential, places limited

Donations

We don’t charge a fee for our courses, but we are completely reliant on your gifts to run these events, and to keep them available for those without the means to give financially. We’d suggest a donation of £105/£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 available to all, 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 –

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Details

Date:
25th January
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm GMT

Venue

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