Events

Events 2018-06-18T12:01:48+00:00

More information on course structure suggested contributions and refreshments can be found at the bottom of the page or through the link here.

7th July Morning Workshop –  Letting the Mind become Still

The source of many our problem and much of our unhappiness and anxiety is our restless, discontented mind. Through meditation, we can learn to rest our mind and enjoy a deep inner contentment that leads to true, lasting happiness, an experience of inner peace. Enjoy discovering that when the mind becomes still we naturally become peaceful and content. No previous meditation experience necessary.


Morning Workshop – Letting the Mind become Still



21st July Day Retreat –  Discover Emptiness

Je Tsongkhapa said:

The knowledge of emptiness is superior to any other knowledge,

The Teacher who teaches emptiness unmistakenly is superior to any other teacher,

And the realization of emptiness is the very essence of Buddhadharma.

In this day we will explore this profound topic in a practical way that impacts our life.

This will help us to gain some personal experience of the huge benefits of contemplating and meditating on emptiness.


Day Retreat – Discover Emptiness



24th to 28th August – Self Guided – Lamrim Retreat

The practice of Lamrim is very important because everyone needs to cultivate peaceful states of mind.  By listening to and meditating on these teachings we can learn how to control our mind and always keep a good motivation in our heart.  This will make all our daily actions pure and meaningful.

Friday  Introduction 7.30pm

Saturday through to Tuesday: 7am, 11am,  3pm,  7pm

This retreat is suitable for everyone and is a method to deepen our experience of the teachings we listen to in the weekly classes. You are welcome to come along to as much or as little as you are able to do.

1st September Morning Workshop –  Beginners Meditation

Learn the basics of meditation, develop some experience and feel confident to bring some meditation into your daily life. Meditation is simple, effective and has many benefits. If you have always wanted to try some meditation but never been sure how to go about it, then this is a perfect morning to come along to and find out more. Everyone is welcome.


Morning Workshop – Beginners Meditation




7th – 9th September Silent Away Retreat

Details to follow.


Silent Away Retreat – Accommodation Booking (Both nights)




15th September Day Retreat –  Meditations for Healing

By relying upon Medicine Buddha sincerely, living beings in these impure times can be cured of sickness, and find release from the internal pain of the delusions of attachment, anger, and ignorance. Medicine Buddha is a Buddha Doctor whose function is to release living beings from outer and inner sickness by bestowing blessings upon them.

On this day, through our concentration, visualization, and open heart we can make an effective and simple connection with the enlightened wisdom and compassion of Medicine Buddha, through reciting his mantra and engaging in the chanted meditation prayers.

There will be three sessions over the day – everyone is welcome.


Day Retreat – Meditations for Healing




22nd September Morning Workshop –  Freedom from Anxiety

Thoughts and feelings are fleeting and impermanent – so why get caught up in them?

Contemplating Buddha’s advice and enjoying meditation we can begin to change direction in our mind.

In this simple way we can improve our daily life and experience a more peaceful mind, free from stress and anxiety, that is more balanced and happy.

Come along and enjoy this peaceful morning of meditation and reflection. No previous experience needed.


Morning Workshop – Freedom from Anxiety




20th October – Day Course –  Buddhism What is it?

On this day we will take a look at the ethical and practical basis of Modern Buddhist practice and meditation, and how it can be integrated into our modern daily life. Buddha the founder of Buddhism, set out a framework of advice and practice that if followed leads people away from suffering to a happier and spiritually meaningful life. 

As well as exploring the meaning behind some familiar words, like karma, rebirth, samsara, and emptiness. We will take a practical approach, that shows us we can enjoy the profound happiness of inner peace, increase our ability to benefit our family and friends and go on to attain perfect enlightenment, without abandoning the responsibilities and enjoyments of modern daily life.

The day will include guided meditation and the opportunity to really understand Buddhist view and intention. Everyone is welcome to explore this topic.


Day Course – Buddhism What is it?




4th November – Open Invitation to Akanishta Centre

Everyone is welcome to our open morning. A great chance to come inside the centre and discover what we do and enjoy the peaceful environment of our meditation room and garden.

Ther will be free meditation sessions and explanation of the Buddhist imagery and statues within the centre and a chance to find out about our weekly classes and activities.

Bring along the family to enjoy some homemade soups, cakes, and snacks. Everyone is welcome.

17th November Morning Workshop –  Five Conditions for Successful Meditation

Buddhist Meditation offers a practical way to become more peaceful and positive. Yet it is not always easy to get going! We can get going when we understand what the internal conditions are for successful meditation. 

Through understanding the five conditions for successful meditation and how to integrate them into daily life, we can harness the power of our mind. The five conditions are the force of motivation, familiarity, merit, effort and aspirational intention. 

With this understanding, you can develop a daily practice and begin to experience the benefits of meditation practice for yourself and others. 

This morning is helpful to those new to meditation and those wishing to improve their meditation practice.


Morning Workshop – Five Conditions for Successful Meditation




24th November – Day Course –  Contemplating Living and Dying

Having been born we will die, this is a universal experience, but one we often give little thought to. Taking time out to consider the truth of impermanence for yourself and others has great meaning and many practical benefits. 

Our life is very precious and fleeting. In Extensive Enjoyment Sutra Buddha says: “The lifespan of a living being passes like lightning in the sky and perishes as quickly as water falling from a high mountain.”

Keeping this wisdom in our heart we can begin to see what is important and begin to fashion a more, meaningful, realistic and happier life.

We will also reflect upon the Buddhist explanation of how we die, and what our death means for us and others. In this way we can be more prepared and find that we can approach our own death or the death of others, with more courage, compassion and love.

Everyone is welcome to attend.


Day Course – Contemplating Living and Dying




8th December  Morning Workshop –  Mind Spa

Take the morning out to meditate, and enjoy the peace and calm you can find within your own mind. Feeling rested and refreshed you can take a new perspective on the coming weeks.

The morning will simply consist of guided meditations and some simple practical advice found within Buddhism, to help keep that feeling of peace out of meditation.

Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy.


Morning Workshop – Mind Spa




10th to 16th December – Self Guided – Refuge Retreat

A Port in the Storm

Day Events

Day Events are suitable for everyone. It is not necessary to have previous experience to attend. Please feel free to arrive from 10am to enjoy refreshments. There is free parking available at the back of the centre. The suggested contribution for day events are £24 or £17 concessions. No one is turned away for lack of funds. Refreshments and a delicious vegetarian lunch is provided. If possible please book in advance  to help planning of meal or email; To make payment online please pick from the drop-down box below the course or email info@meditationincheltenham.org.uk Payment can also be made on the day.

Morning Workshops

Morning meditation courses are suitable for everyone, the morning consists of guided meditations and short talks. It is not necessary to have previous experience to attend. Please feel free to arrive from 10am to enjoy refreshments.   There is free parking available at the back of the centre.

The suggested contribution for morning courses is £14 or £10 concessions. No one is turned away for lack of funds. Refreshments are provided during the morning. To make payment online pick from the drop-down box or email info@meditationincheltenham.org.uk. Payment can also be made on the day.

Day Retreats

Day retreats  consist of  explanation and joining in the chanted meditations of different Buddhas.  It is not necessary to have previous experience, however some familiarity with the teachings and meditations can be helpful. Everyone is welcome to try out these day retreats.  There is free parking available at the back of the centre.

The suggested contribution for morning courses is £14 or £10 concessions. No one is turned away for lack of funds. Brunch is provided during the morning.  To make payment online pick from the drop-down box or email info@meditationincheltenham.org.uk. Payment can also be made on the day.

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