January 29th: Make Peace of Mind Your Morning Break

10.30 – 1.30pm

Regular £15 Concessions £10

Take some time to sit back and enjoy some mental peace. Learn how we can create inner warmth and happiness for ourselves and get some composure back into our lives. 

About the Course:

Stress, anxiety and sadness all begin in our mind. A distracted mind even harms our relationships. 

Do you ever feel you need a break from the never-ending chatter in your mind? Imagine a few moments of inner peace so quiet you could hear a pin drop in your mind. 

With short, simple meditation techniques you can get your mind running smoothly for 2022. If you are new to meditation, don’t worry! Everything will be explained clearly and you can practise some gentle guided meditation. 

February 6th: World Peace – Together we can make it happen

Prayers for World Peace 10.30 – 11am

Stroll 11.15am meet at Central Cross Café

Take some time out the  first Sunday of each month  and feel empowered to change yourself and change the world. 

About the Class:

The class begins with a guided breathing meditation to connect to our own inner peace. Gen Opel will then explore an aspect of Buddha’s teachings to inspire and connect with our pure wishes for others. Then with a peaceful heart, we can develop genuine altruism, optimism and compassion.

To enhance your experience of peace, enjoy the beautiful chanted Prayers for World Peace. Singing is not required, and booklets are provided. 

After the class join in for a social stroll around Pittville Park, with friends and family. Or perhaps just sit to chat with a coffee and Sangha at the central cross café.

This a free event, dedicated to others and everyone is welcome to this meaningful and relaxed morning.

February 12th: Calling Time on the Blame Game

10.30 – 1.30pm

Regular £15 Concessions £10

Like it or not, things are going to go wrong in our lives. If we want them to get even worse, just blame yourself or others. There’s nothing more pointless than this harmful mental habit. Learn to get rid of it and start reclaiming your life.

About the Course:

Painful feelings – that’s the problem. That’s what makes a problem a problem. But we don’t really understand where they come from. Let alone deal with them effectively. We are very good at making things worse. Usually when we feel upset or hurt we just blame others or take out our problems on them. I’m feeling bad, let me make you feel bad too. Or we blame ourselves, go into denial and shred our confidence with self-inflicted guilt. 

There is another way. We can learn to let go of mistakes, hurt  and resentment – and stop repeating the blame habit. Instead we can take a realistic and positive view about our feelings, ourselves and others.  Become solution focused and start to move on from problems.

February 18 to 20th: Amitayus Retreat

Everybody wants a long life, merit and wisdom. By engaging in this retreat we start to create the inner conditions for a long, happy and meaningful life. 

About this Retreat:

Amitayus is a Buddha with a special job – to help us create the inner conditions we need to find lasting mental peace and happiness. The essential ingredients are a long life, positive mental energy and the wisdom to use them well. Amitayus retreat helps us to make this transformation by improving our concentration, developing special feelings of clarity and tranquillity and increasing our potential for mental wellbeing. 

The retreat sessions of Buddha Amitayus comprise chanted Buddhist prayers and meditations. These will be clearly explained by Gen Opel on Friday evening, with guided meditations on the practice throughout the weekend.

Everyone is welcome. A little experience of retreat might be helpful but not essential.

Session Times:

Friday  7.30pm Introduction

Saturday & Sunday

Session 1 – 10 – 11.30am

Session 2 – 12 – 1.30pm

Session 3 – 3 – 4.30pm

February 26th Silent Day Retreat

10.30 – 4pm

Whole Retreat £25

Treat yourself to a day away from your normal routine. Enjoy the opportunity just to be with yourself, no pressure and no expectations. Learn how to silence the mental chatter with meditation on the mind.

Twelve places only – be sure to book.

About this Retreat:

Most people think taking a break is just swapping one activity for another. The theme park for the office,  the trip to work, for the country walk, the spa bath for the living room. Even if we do absolutely nothing we don’t get any real escape from all our worries and stress. That’s because our mind is always with us. If we want some real peace we need mental peace. Without it we have no peace at all and little chance of real and lasting happiness. Meditation on the mind is the best method for making our mind peaceful and happy.

The one-day retreat will combine gentle guided meditations to calm the mind and time for relaxation in a quiet and quality environment. 

Akanishta Kadampa Buddhist Centre offers regular silent day retreats, with guided meditations and short talks for you to enjoy. If you miss this one, there will be others throughout the year.

Please see our members page for gaining regular access to classes through becoming a centre card member. These contributions are deeply appreciated and are essential for the continued running of the centre. Please also contact the centre if you wish to access online classes and feel unable to make contributions in these times of increased financial constraint. Everyone is welcome to enjoy and benefit from these classes.