Introductory course on meditation, suitable for beginners. The method of meditating has been passed down through an unbroken lineage of authentic masters stretching back many centuries. Suitable for complete beginners, the course is also for those who have practiced before but want to learn to meditate as taught in Rigpa, a Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Centre (more on Rigpa below).
In these first two modules (each five weeks long), students are introduced to what it means to meditate and how this leads to inner peace and contentment. ‘Calm abiding’ is taught, which includes how we can use our senses, thoughts and emotions as a support for meditation.
It is by actually meditating that the benefits are achieved and students are encouraged to commit to a regular, daily practice.
Course dates and times
Times: Mondays, 7pm to 9pm (with tea break)
Number of classes: 10
First class: September 19
Last class: November 28
No class: October 31 (bank holiday)
Location: Rigpa Centre, 3rd Floor, 12 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
(entrance: glass door to the left of ‘Joules’ shop)
Registration on evening of first class (Monday, September 19) from 6.30pm. Class sizes range from 8 to 18 students.
Workbook and notebook
There are two workbooks where key points are summarised and you can make notes. The workbook for Module 1 is included in the course fee. The notebook for Module 2 is available for purchase (€12) from Week 6. It is also recommended to have your own notebook to record points and thoughts, discoveries, insights, questions that come up - during classes or practice - and to make a note of the home study for each week given at the end of classes.
The Buddhist teachings first came to Tibet in the 8th century and were brought to their highest expression over the intervening 1300 year period through an unbroken lineage of authentic masters. To bring the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism to the West, Rigpa was founded in the 1970s by Sogyal Rinpoche, a Tibetan Lama, globally renowned meditation teacher and author of ‘The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying’. It is now established in twenty seven countries (on four continents) across the world and was established in Ireland in 1986. There are several Rigpa Centres in Ireland, one of which - Dzogchen Beara on the Beara Pennisula in West Cork – is an international retreat Centre.
Origins of ‘What Meditation Really Is’
This unique introduction to meditation was developed by Sogyal Rinpoche after many years teaching in the West. His teachings bring together over 2,500 years of Buddhist wisdom and experience in a way that is authentic, accessible and completely relevant to modern life.
The teachings and practice of meditation have the capacity to unlock our natural confidence, compassion, inner strength and creativity, and to bring peace of mind. Students can gain a genuine experience of meditation and all the tools needed to take the benefits into every aspect of their lives. Through meditation we come to know and feel connected with our true nature, with who we really are.
While this course has been developed from the ancient tradition of Buddhist teachings and practice, there is no need or expectation that students undertaking the course would decide to follow the Buddhist path. The techniques, skills and knowledge learnt can be used simply to enhance your own beliefs and perspectives - spiritual, religious or secular.
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