Exploring Buddhism: Birmingham City Centre Sundays

£8.50 £30.00

Sundays 2:00 – 3.30pm

September 1st, 8th, 15th, 29th and October 6th, 13th  

with Gen Kelsang Laksang

On this course we will be exploring the Buddhist path to lasting peace and happiness as presented in the Lamrim instructions – of stages of the path to Enlightenment. Each week we will explore and engage in the meditations contained within the book – Mirror of Dharma with Additions by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. 

By engaging in this course you will develop a clear overview of the Buddhist path and will learn many tools for developing your mental peace and solving your problems of anxiety, pain and unhappiness. 

Each class includes guided meditations and an explanation of Buddhist wisdom, that is can be applied to daily life to solve our problems 

Everybody welcome. 

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Description

About the course 

Lamrim means the stages of the path to enlightenment. It is a special set of instructions that includes all the essential teachings of Buddha, structured in a comprehensive way that is easy to understand and put into practice. The Lamrim presentation lies at the very heart of Kadampa Buddhism. The Lamrim instructions were compiled by the great Buddhist Master Atisha, an Indian scholar and meditator who was invited to Tibet by King Jangchub Ö in AD 1042 and became one of the main figures in bringing Buddhism to Tibet. There is a completely unbroken lineage of these Lamrim instructions from Buddha Shakyamuni down to our present day Spiritual Guides. 

The instructions of Lamrim are easy to understand and practice, and can readily be applied to solving the problems of daily life. If we gain deep experience of Lamrim there will be no basis for these problems; we shall be able to solve them through the power of our inner peace. First we must understand the benefits that Lamrim offers, and develop a strong desire to practice it. Then by joyfully and patiently doing these meditations we shall gradually experience the fruits of Lamrim practice. Eventually we shall attain freedom from all suffering and the unchanging peace and happiness of enlightenment.  

There are 21 Lamrim meditations, which are usually practiced in a three-week cycle as a daily meditation practice and explained in The New Meditation Handbook. These are also presented as 15 meditations in Mirror of Dharma with Additions. 

These meditations, along with instructions on how to practice and essential background material can be found in The New Meditation Handbook. An extensive presentation of Lamrim can be found in Geshe Kelsang’s book (available at tharpa.co.uk) Joyful Path of Good Fortune or Modern Buddhism. 

On this course, Gen Kelsang Leksang will explain powerful meditations, taught by Buddha for healing the states of mind that are the actual causes of all our pain and suffering. 

The course will be based on the books Mirror of Dharma with additions by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso  . This book is available to purchase for those that wish to study further at home. 

You can drop in week by week or book for the whole course.

£8.50 per session or book 6 weeks for £30. This course is included in weekly membership. 

Everyone welcome 

These classes are taught by Buddhist nun Gen Kelsang Leksang. A teacher with 20 years of experience of teaching meditation. The course will be based on teachings of Buddha that provide powerful and liberating insights into the nature of the human mind. 

The teacher 

The teacher of this class is Gen Kelsang Leksang, she has been an ordained Buddhist nun for 17 years. she has been studying under the guidance of the meditation master Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for over 20 years and was first appointed as resident teacher at KMC Birmingham in 2007.  

Appreciated for her caring and positive manner, she has the ability to inspire people to improve their own lives by showing how Buddha’s teaching are relevant to the experiences of modern day people. 

When is it? 

6 week course in September and October 

This course can be attended as a single class or as a whole course. 

Sundays 2:00 – 3.30pm 

Where is it? 

Kadampa Meditation Centre Birmingham – 44 Blucher Street, Birmingham. B1 1QJ 

  • KMC Birmingham is located next to The Mailbox. Only around 8 minute’s walk from New Street station. Free parking on nearby streets on Sundays and evenings after 6pm 

What does it cost? 

  • Discount for the whole course: £30 
  • Single classes: £8.50 
  • Or why not consider a membership which includes multiple weekly classes and weekend workshops for only £35/month? 

Programme 

WHOLE COURSE (£30)

Week 1 – 1st September – Developing pure love (£8.50) 

Week 2 – 8th September – Pure compassion (£8.50) 

Week 3 – 15th September – The Supreme Good Heart (£8.50) 

Week 4 – 29th September – The Path to Enlightenment (£8.50) 

Week 5 – 6th October – The True nature of reality (£8.50) 

Week 6 – 13th October – Reliance upon a spiritual guide (£8.50) 

FREE FOR ALL MEMBERS – Our City Centre classes are also available online to members. Click here for details of membership. 

Next course 

Starting September – The Path to Enlightenment

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