17th June, 10:00am – 5:00pm, St. Andrews Art Centre, Royal Pier Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2BD (£15 suggested donation)
“Mindfulness” is growing in popularity and is being applied as a way to reduce suffering and support greater well-being for individuals and in the fields of mental health, recovery from addiction, education, the criminal justice system, the work place and more.
In this Day Retreat with Lama Wangmo we will be exploring the Buddhist roots of Mindfulness as taught by Buddha Shakyamuni in the Satipatthana Sutra (The Discourse on the Establishing of Mindfulness) and other texts as a guide, within the Mahayana and Vajrayana perspectives as transmitted to Lama Wangmo through her teachers.
First we will talk about mindfulness in general – about the definition and the sources of teachings on mindfulness in the Pali Cannon and the Tibetan Kangyur and Tengyur. Then we will look at the Four Applications of Mindfulness – mindfulness of the body, feelings, mind and phenomena and explore each in our own experience through different meditation methods from the Sutras as guided by Lama Wangmo.
Contextualising the practice of Mindfulness within the broader context of the Buddhist path we will explore how its practice can not only reduce suffering and support greater well-being in our life but as intended can also be a way towards complete liberation and full-awakening.
We normally go to the local Sikh Gurdwara for a donation based vegetarian lunch, however there are other options on the way.
If driving, Gravesend is just off of the A2.
If coming by train, the venue is a 10 minute walk from Gravesend Train Station, please see here for the map.
Parking is free on a Sunday next to the venue and on some of the surrounding roads but please check before you leave your car, thank you.
You can read more about Lama Wangmo here.