“We have the power to look into our own minds, to recognise what harms us, and out of enormous self respect, we can learn to change the poison; we can learn to get rid of the neuroses.”
While medicine may cure your body, it cannot in itself make you happy. Only with thorough understanding of the mind and its functions can disturbing thoughts and emotions be transcended.
Through presentation, meditation and discussion we will be exploring the Buddhist understanding of the nature of mind, how we can more clearly identify wholesome and unwholesome mental states, and how we can work with these to help us to deal more productively with daily problems and difficulties.
We will look at practical ways of reducing mental states which cause problems for ourselves and others, and ways of nurturing and increasing positive mental states such as love, compassion, wisdom and equanimity.
We will also be looking at Buddhist epistemology, the theory of knowledge, particularly what types of cognition are possible, their reliability and scope, and how these can be utilised to progress from ignorance towards enlightenment.
Join us as we continue our study of Geshe Tashi’s popular Foundation of Buddhist Thought course. This is the third module in the course, but all are welcome, whether you have studied the previous modules or not.
We will be basing the classes on the book, Buddhist Psychology, by Geshe Tashi. It would be helpful if you have your own copy to read each chapter ahead of the class. We have a few for sale at the reduced price of £10 each in our own bookshop.
N.B. It is possible to study the Foundation of Buddhist Thought in more depth, adding richness to the fortnightly classes with extra guided meditations and online support with questions and a final review, following the outlines of the very successful online certificate course. You will be guided by Martin Kerrigan, long-term tutor for the online course. If you think this might be for you, there are more details here, and you can talk it over at the class.