Beyond Mindfulness with Mahesi Caplan
Saturday 6th October, and Saturday 3rd November
These classes will be a mixture of teaching, discussion, short periods of practice and tea breaks that will give us the chance to meet each other.
The subjects covered will include the following:
We will discuss some of the more general questions people have about this approach to the Buddhist tradition, such as:
What is mindfulness?
Did the Buddha teach there is no self?
Did the Buddha teach life is suffering?
Did the Buddha teach breath meditation?
Is this a religion?
What is happiness?
Am I enlightened?
What a Buddha knows.
We will review some of the core teachings of the tradition, such as:
The three refuges.
The three characteristics of existence.
The meaning of the idea of ‘cessation’.
The role of silence in life.
We will cover the maps that can help us navigate through the territory of the awakening process, such as:
The seven factors of enlightenment.
The four foundations of mindfulness.
The five spiritual powers.
Image: Bodhisattva Maitreya, Tibet, 16th century. © The State Hermitage Museum
Theravada Buddhism in Totnes, Devon.
Based on the contemplative skills of the Thai Forest tradition
Golden Buddha Centre, The Grove, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5EP