How to Meditate 2017-09-26T13:03:09+00:00

30th March – 2nd April 2018 

With Ven Mary Reavey

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

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

  • Precious human rebirth

  • Equanimity

  • Seed-syllable meditation

  • Four immeasurables or other meditation on compassion

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.

This is a really wonderful course on Buddhist philosophy which provides accessible, rich explanations of the topics it covers, as well as helping people apply those explanations to their lives.

Born in Dundee, Scotland, Ven Mary was a staff nurse when she first encountered Buddhism at the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition’s mother monastery – Kopan – in Nepal in 1978. It was her love of adventure and trekking that led her to Kopan. Ven Mary attend a month long course taught by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa who emphasised the importance of meditation and taking complete responsibility for your own actions and their effects.

In 2001 Ven Mary took ordination as a nun with Lama Zopa Rinpoche, then until 2012 taught meditation and Buddhist philosophy at Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds, Buddhist centres in Preston, Liverpool and at Armley Prison, Dumfries Prison, Leeds General Infirmary, St James’ Hospital and Wheatfields Hospice where she held regular meditation sessions.

Over years Ven Mary has undertaken and led many meditation retreats. She completed a one year solitary retreat in 2014 and another 3 month retreat in 2015. She continues to regularly teach at Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds, Jamyang Liverpool and in York.

Moreover, Ven Mary has recently moved to Jedburgh to be closer to Land of Joy.

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