How do we make the most of life. We all want to live a valuable and fulfilling life. We want our life to be our own, not predictable, boring or mapped out by others.
It is this kind of problem that the Buddha sought to solve, first in his own life and then, after Enlightenment, in his teaching. Buddhism can appear to our Western eyes as a philosophy, but there is a limit to what we can learn by reading the numerous books about it.
Buddhism can be seen as a religion, but it somehow seems set apart from religions that are based on a saviour god figure.
The truth is it is both and neither a philosophy or religion. Ultimately Buddhism is a practice and lifestyle which can only be ‘known’ through engagement with it.
Join in the upcoming course The Journey and the Guide to explore the stages of moving towards freedom
The Journey and the Guide is a weekly 8 session course following a book by Maitreyabandhu which gives you a clear and practical way to engage with and understand Buddhism in our Western context. In the course, you’ll explore subjects such as positive emotion, which is connected to being honest with ourselves about what truly and deeply makes us happy – beyond the quick fixes we might habitually turn to.
Following the 8 week course you will be able to decide if Buddhism is a path that seems worthy of further exploration for you.
Who is the course for?
This course is for anyone interested in exploring the quest for meaning!
Course Content: what we’ll do
The course explores five aspects of the spiritual journey and training: Integration, Positive Emotion, Spiritual Death, Spiritual Rebirth, and Spiritual Receptivity. Its aim is the total transformation of the mind, so that we become a force for good in the world.
What the course includes:
A copy of The Journey and the Guide book by Maitreyabandhu.
A thorough introduction to the Buddhist vision and system of spiritual training
Led meditation for all levels
The support of a small group who you’ll discuss your progress with each week
Everything you need to answer the questions ‘What is a Buddhist?’ and ‘Am I a Buddhist?’