Mind & Its Potential Beth
3rd – 6th August 2018
With Mike Murray
Our mind is the centre of our experience. Without it we wouldn’t feel happy or sad; we wouldn’t experience the variety of sights, sounds, smells, tastes or tactile sensations that fill our world and make it what it is. We wouldn’t even dream, aspire or think; we wouldn’t experience the joy of friendship and companionship or the sorrow of separation. Without a mind, we would not be who we are.
But how much do we know about our own mind and how it shapes our experience? Are we living to our fullest potential, fully tasting the best of our lives; or are we depriving ourselves of a wealth of experience and therefore limiting who we are by not knowing what it is and how it effects us?
Can we radically transform our experience for the better; and if so, how do we do it? Can we have healthier coping mechanisms that enable us to overcome emotional difficulties without locking into unhealthy, limiting and destructive thought patterns?
These are the questions we will explore while enjoying time at the peaceful, nurturing and supportive Land of Joy FPMT retreat centre. Come along and join us to explore your mind and its expansive potential through a mixture of talks, reflections, group and pair discussions, reading and contemplation, as well as offering a little practical, physical help to the centre (karma yoga).
This will be the second module of FPMT’s Discovering Buddhism course presented at Land of Joy, a course designed to give anyone interested in what Buddhist’s believe an experiential taste of Buddhist thought and practice.
These teachings will follow the structure and content of the FPMT education program ‘Discovering Buddhism’. If you are not studying the program you are still very welcome to attend and make the most of the teachings. If you are planning to/already are studying the Discovering Buddhism course you will be able to complete the certificate for this module by attending these teachings as well as doing the required reading (which will be sent you in advance) and completing the exam which the teacher will set for you.
Mike is an FPMT registered teacher qualified to teach Buddhist Introductory, Foundational and Basic courses, as well as other Buddhist topics of an equivalent level. He prefers an informal style of teaching, using group interactions, discussion and reflection as ways of helping those attending to get an experiential taste of whatever is being studied and comtemplated on the course.
Mike has around 40 years of experience in Buddhist study and practice in the Tibetan Buddhist Geluk tradition inspired by his main teachers Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, The Ganden Tri Rinpoche Lobsang Tenzin, and Geshe Tashi Tsering, Ganden Zong Rinpoche, Tsenshap Serkong Rinpoche, Serje Khensur Jampa Tegchok, Geshe Namgyal Wangchen.
Mike has also studied Buddhism in a more western academic context, studying an M.A. at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University and as a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society. He was incredibly fortunate to visit Central Tibet in 1987 on a British Academy grant just after it opened to tourism and has also visited some of the re-founded refugee Geluk monasteries in India.
Mike most recently worked as the Spiritual Programme Coordinator (with brief spell as Director for a year as well) in the FPMT UK’s London Centre, Jamyang Buddhist Centre.