Module 1: Cultivating Lasting Happiness: What Buddhism and Science Have to Say about It

Module 1 will run each Wednesday starting October 2 to 23

Start and Finish times: 6 to 7.30 PM GMT

Teacher: Marina Brucet, Hans Burghardt

Requirements: Everyone is Welcome

Cost: Generosity ModelDonation only (via the donation form at the bottom of the page; no suggested amount).

Format: Online


What is it that we all are pursuing? Do we succeed in it? Should we explore more carefully and wisely how to fulfill our deepest yearnings? How could we contribute to others’ happiness as well?

We will explore these from an experiential point of view, using both scientific and Buddhist knowledge of the mind and meditation, in a journey that may translate into increasing lasting happiness and a positive impact on oneself, others, and the world.

The Journey

The course “Cultivating lasting happiness: What Buddhism and science have to say about it” focuses on an exploration of what leads to dissatisfaction and suffering, and what contributes to happiness for oneself and others.

The fundamentals of meditation and mind training are introduced, especially in the areas of establishing a meaningful direction in life, balancing the mind with equanimity and a caring attitude, and nurturing warmheartedness and wisdom drawn from the Buddhist tradition.

It is complemented by references to current scientific understanding on our nervous system, values, subjective well-being, neuroplasticity and altruism.

The course gradually unfolds as a journey along different topics:

  1. A universal need explores the common ground that we all want to find happiness and overcome suffering, and presents initial techniques to balance body and mind.
  2. Are we pursuing happiness in the best way? is an initial exploration of the Buddhist Four Truths and a suggestion to probe into common ways to pursue happiness—are we succeeding?
  3. Following the scent of lasting happiness encourages us to establish meaningful directions and to find ways to cultivate lasting happiness and activate our potential.
  4. Meditation and mind training presents tools for doing so.
  5. Wisdom and warmheartedness as a source of lasting happiness presents tools to cultivate the fundamental qualities of warmheartedness and wisdom and invites us to explore their contribution to our own and others’ happiness.
  6. Enhancing wisdom and warmheartedness further explores these fundamental qualities.

Buddhist Mind Science

“Cultivating Lasting Happiness” is the first in a series of courses under the name “Buddhist Mind Science: Activating Your Potential”, offering practical knowledge and techniques on meditation, the mechanisms of suffering and happiness, how to find inner balance and how to discover and develop our potential as a person. The presentation includes references to scientific research. The different courses in the series can be taken separately. Read more.

Who is it addressed to?

The course is suitable for anyone.


The course will combine theoretical sessions, exercises and meditations into a practical toolkit for daily life.


The course will be conducted in English with simultaneous translation into Spanish.

Co-Hosting Centers

  • Land of Joy, UK

See an introduction to the series in the video above

About the Teacher

Marina FPMT Teacher

Marina Brucet Vinyals was born in Barcelona, Spain. She has completed a six-year full-time study program Masters Program of Advanced Buddhist Studies of Sutra and Tantra at Lama Tzong Khapa Institute, Italy. She studied with great Tibetan lamas such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Lama Jampa Monlam and Khensur Jampa Tegchok, amongst others. She has also completed a one-year individual meditation retreat, amongst others.

She holds a BA and a MA in Biochemistry and a PhD in Molecular Biology in Immunology from the University of Barcelona, where she also performed postdoctoral studies.

Presently, she combines continual development and meditation retreats with teaching meditation and Buddhist philosophy, at both general and specialized levels, with an approach that always takes into account the context and circumstances of Western life.


To Land of Joy…

Our generosity model means we do not charge for any teachings, accommodation or food. We are therefore 100% dependant on donations to help us cover our £90,000 a year running costs.

You are therefore invited to give what you can as a thank you for the organisation and hosting of the retreat, including the food and accommodation provided if you stayed onsite.

You may also like to make a regular contribution to the centre by becoming a Branch of Joy. This kind of support gifts us a steady and ongoing income, which in turn provides the confidence and means for us to continue to flourish for many years to come.

Everything given will ensure Land of Joy continues to be offered as a precious place for retreat.

To The Teacher…

Teachers and retreat leaders practice generosity by freely offering their time to Land of Joy. We cover their travel expenses but do not pay them for the teachings they give.

You are therefore invited to make an offering to the teacher as a thank you for the time and knowledge they share.

To The Volunteers…

Our retreats are supported by our wonderful team of volunteers, some of whom you will meet during your time at the centre. Those who live onsite offer their time, expertise and dedication in return for food and accommodation. They do not receive a wage or stipend. Unfortunately, we are only able to accept offerings for them in cash, so if you would like to thank them for their service, please do so by bringing cash with you to the centre and placing it in the volunteer collection pot.