9th – 11th February

With Ven Sangye Khadro (Kathleen McDonald)

This weekend will explore the definition and purpose of meditation, how to sit, how to set up a meditation session, different meditation techniques, and how to deal with obstacles that might arise around our meditation.

Whether you’re new to meditation, have a wish to start your own practice but are struggling to do so, or are already meditating and facing some challenges; this is a wonderful opportunity to receive instruction and advice from someone experienced in meditation who has an excellent reputation as a teacher.

Topics to be covered include:
• Importance of motivation and dedication
• Two kinds of meditation – analytical and placement
• Posture (7-pt)
• Basic meditation techniques
• Recognising and overcoming obstacles to meditation
• Precious human rebirth
• Equanimity
• Seed-syllable meditation
• Four immeasurables or other meditation on compassion

The types of meditations which might be covered include:
• Watching the breath
• Nine-round breathing
• Shakyamuni, Tara, or Chenresig visualisation with mantra recitation
• Meditation on the clear and knowing nature of mind

A Discovering Buddhism Module

These teachings will follow the structure and content of the FPMT education program ‘Discovering Buddhism’. You are most welcome to attend these teachings whether you plan to follow the full course or not. If you are studying the course there will be the chance to complete the exam for this module.

This is a really wonderful course which provides accessible, rich explanations of the topics it covers, as well as helping people apply those explanations to their lives. Land of Joy will be very happy to support you with your study in any way we can.

For more information about Discovering Buddhism please click here

Ven Sangye Khadro (Kathleen McDonald) is perhaps best-known for her best-seller ‘How to Meditate’ which is a great introduction to the process of meditation, and also a reliable manual of a series of powerful practices. She is also author of books on the four immeasurable thoughts of love, compassion, equanimity and joy, and on the ‘wholesome fear’ that is utilised in Buddhist teachings to encourage us to practise.

Born in California, Ven Sangye Khadro has been a buddhist nun for most of her adult life, and having studied first in Nepal and India, has since been resident teacher in FPMT centres in Singapore and Denmark, has spent a long time in retreat, has studied to the highest level in the FPMT Masters Programme, and continues to tour the world teaching Dharma and meditation.

Ven Sangye Khadro is a gentle, but powerful presence, speaking softly but with great authority, questioning dogma and seeking authentic solutions to the fundamental issues of life. She is open and engaging when sharing her experiences of tackling her inner challenges, without fear sharing her ‘imperfections’ with her audience. In the same spirit, she challenges the listener and questioner to look below the surface, and acknowledge delusion and afflictive emotions where they lurk in the shadow

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