Buddhist Practices To Deepen Your Experience Of Mindfulness
This course is ONLINE
Course Description: Choden will offer some Buddhist practices to deepen and transform our relationship to mindfulness. The focus will be on communicating a felt sense through guided practice rather than intellectual teaching.
There are 3 key issues that can undermine our practice of meditation: we see ourselves as limited and flawed, we take our problems to be solid and real and we identify with ourselves as being the body and mind that walks around with a name!
The key understanding in Buddhism is that our essential nature is flawless and whole – like a glistening diamond – but the problem is that it lies undiscovered within our ordinary mind. Once we get a glimpse of this essential nature then our issues and problems are not such a big deal, but they are seen as an expression of this nature, and they come bearing gifts. Furthermore, we learn to inhabit a much more expansive sense of ‘me’ that can eventually encompass the whole world.
Choden will give some short teachings and guide some Buddhist practices that open a door to these 3 key areas. This can have a big impact on our mindfulness practice, because our starting point is that we are already completely okay, we see any obstacles as part of our path and we are invited into a much bigger space of awareness than just me sitting there focusing on my breath and getting bothered by my thoughts!
Day & Date: Thursday evenings from 6th October – 20th October 2022
Duration: 3-week course
About The Facilitator
- A monk within the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, Choden (aka Sean Mc Govern) completed a three-year, three-month retreat in 1997 and has been a practicing Buddhist since 1985.
- He is originally from South Africa where he trained as a lawyer and learned meditation under the guidance of Rob Nairn, an internationally renowned Buddhist teacher.
- He is now involved in developing secular mindfulness and compassion programmes, drawing upon the wisdom and methods of the Buddhist tradition, as well as contemporary insights from psychology and neuroscience.
- He is an honorary fellow of the University of Aberdeen and teaches on their Postgraduate Study Programme in Mindfulness (MSc) that is the first of its kind to include compassion in its curriculum.
- He co-wrote a book with Paul Gilbert in 2013, entitled Mindful Compassion that explores the interface between Buddhist and Evolutionary approaches to compassion training.
- He is also the co-author of two other books: Mindfulness Based Living Course (2018) and From Mindfulness to Insight (2019).
- In 2016 he completed a one-year retreat focused on the foundation practices of Tibetan Buddhism.
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