6 Week Zen Meditation & Mindfulness Course for Harmony

19:00 – 20:30 Sunday evenings
10th June – 15th July 2012
Shambhala Studios, 11 Leighcliff Buildings,
Maple Avenue,
Leigh on Sea, Essex, SS9 1DJ

Inclusive of tuition, a meditation journal and a CD of guided meditations based on the teachings of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh
(£15.00 non-refundable deposit to reserve your space + £97.50 payable on the first evening)

Learn how to nourish the positive seeds within you, cultivate compassion, effectively deal with anger and incorporate mindfulness and meditation into your daily life. Experience the joy of sitting meditation, walking meditation, total relaxation and a traditional Zen tea ceremony bringing you back to the present moment.

For more information please see:
www.zenmindfulnessmeditation.co.uk, liz@zenmindfulnessmeditation.co.uk or 07551 648092

What will I learn during the Zen Mindfulness Meditation for Harmony Course?

  • A guided sitting meditation for harmony inspired by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s Pebble meditation to increase feelings of happiness, stability, clarity and freedom;
  • Some background about Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay);
  • The essential ingredients of mindfulness and how can it be incorporated into our daily lives;
  • The use of Gathas to deepen practical mindful awareness;
  • The importance of deep relaxation and sleep and their relationship to meditation;
  • The practice of total relaxation as taught in Plum Village;
  • Some Buddhist psychology exploring formations and types of consciousness;
  • Exploration of the 51 mental formations , with particular emphasis on how to use the practice of meditation and mindfulness to nourish our positive/wholesome seeds and weaken our negative/unwholesome ones;
  • The practice of Kinh Hanh and walking meditation using a mantra;
  • Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s ten mindfulness movements;
  • The four elements of true love;
  • How to cultivate compassion and loving kindness using Metta meditation;
  • The importance and use of chanting;
  • The Buddhist teachings on how to effectively deal with unwholesome mental formations such as anger;
  • The practice of walking meditation when angry (applicable and adaptable to any troublesome emotion);
  • Mindful eating and the five contemplations;
  • Experience a traditional Zen tea ceremony.

What are Sessions Like?

  • Each session is 90 minutes long;
  • Each session has a different theme and skills set which will be introduced at the beginning of the session;
  • There will be an opportunity to share your experience of the previous week’s meditation in pairs and/or with the group. This feedback will be followed by a taught element. The week’s meditation will then be introduced and practiced. Each session will end with a short group discussion and instruction for the coming week’s personal practice.

How do I Take this Practice into my Daily Life?

During the course you will be given a CD of guided meditations based upon the teachings of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and you will also be given a meditation diary to record your experiences. You will be encouraged to practice the meditation skills taught for approximately 30 minutes each day to help you integrate the practices into daily life. If any questions arise during the week you are free to contact the tutor, Liz Smith, for personal guidance.

Is the six-week course right for me?

The six-week course is appropriate for all levels. Whether you have never practiced meditation before or have a long-standing practice this course will provide you with valuable skills to increase
harmony. If you have attended the Zen Mindfulness and Meditation Course for Well-being and/or Insight you are very welcome to attend and you will be eligible to a 10% discount.

To enrol please contact liz@zenmindfulnessmeditation.co.uk or call 07551 648092. If you would like any further information or you are unsure about whether the course is right for you please feel free to contact Liz Smith, the course tutor, to discuss your individual circumstances.

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