Lam Rim Bristol Buddhist Centre
Patron: Ganden Tripa Kyabje Rizong Rinpoche
(Spiritual Director: Ven. Geshé Damchö Yönten passed away on 26 August 2017)
Autumn 2018 Programme
Buddhist teachings are traditionally given freely, but the Centre relies on voluntary support. If you wish to contribute, suitable donations are: evening/day classes £3.50/£1.50 waged/unwaged; weekend courses suggested donations per day £15 waged. At weekends, a light lunch is normally available but you are welcome to bring your own food.
We are no longer printing the programme, so downloadable versions of programme are no longer available. Please check this website from time to time for updates on the programme.
3 September - 10 December, 7.30 - 9.00pm (Please note change of time)
Drop-in meditation classes. Simple guided meditations to develop a peaceful mind and a happy heart. Suitable for all. Please ensure that you arrive by 7:20 as we start promptly.
Silent Sitting Meditation
5 September - 12 December, 7.30 - 8.15pm
A silent, unguided sitting meditation of about 45 minutes. Suitable for those with prior experience. These sessions may not always go ahead, so please check with email@example.com to avoid disappointment. Please ensure that you arrive by 7:20 as we start promptly.
The Six Perfections
6 September - 13 December, 7.30 - 9.00pm
The Six Perfections are found in the higher scope of the Lam Rim path. They are a code of personal behaviour directed towards one's own enlightenment, which is sought to make one more effective in helping others. We start with quiet meditation and a short discourse, followed by reflection and discussion. Suitable for all.
We are working in conjunction with Jamyang Bath who are offering two weekend courses at the Lam Rim Bristol Centre during this programme as follows:
Perfecting the Patient Mind
Led by Kay Cooper and Gordon McDougal
Sunday 30 September, 10:30am - 5:00pm
It's almost impossible for a day to go by without something disturbing us. From minor irritations to major problems, life lines us up with irritations and frustrations. It doesn't have to be that way. When we know how valuable having patience is and when we have the tools to develop patience we can turn our life around.
Buddhism lists six perfections that are a bodhisattva's actions, of which patience is the third. It's more than just putting up with a long wait at a soggy bus stop. Within the perfection of patience is the art of dealing with problematic situations - seeing how we can turn those around and grow from them - and the skill of not retaliating against or feeling anger towards those who harm us but, instead, seeing how they provide us with the opportunity to profoundly transform our mind.
More details here.
Transforming Problems Into the Spiritual Path
Led by Martin Kerrigan
Sunday 11 November, 10:30am - 5:30pm
We all experience problems and difficulties, from worries about work or family to problems associated with ill health and ageing. The practices of Thought Transformation (Tibetan: Lojong ) offer us the opportunity to utilise difficult situations productively within the spiritual path. They can help us to develop qualities such as patience, love, compassion and wisdom, which will contribute to our own happiness as well as putting us in a better position to truly benefit others
More details here.
The following are Tsog Days during this programme:
- Wednesday 5 September
- Wednesday 19 September
- Thursday 4 October
- Friday 19 October
- Friday 2 November
- Saturday 17 November
- Sunday 2 December
- Monday 17 December
The following are Festival Days:
- Wednesday 31 October: Buddha's Descent from Heaven
- Sunday 2 December: Lama Tsongkhapa Day