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How to go Deeper in Meditation, Online: Mindfulness and Emptiness

Mon 14th Sep : 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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“The Monday night classes are such an important and helpful addition to sangha life. At the end of a busy Monday I’m often frazzled, but the experience of sitting back, receiving such fantastic teaching and being guided in new ways to experience and work with my mind is so refreshing. Thanks so much”

There are many ways we can work on our mind, but one of the most direct is through meditation. In these online sessions, experienced meditation teachers look at how we can work with our mind effectively and access deeper states of mindfulness. Tonight’s session is led by Saccacitta. Sorry, no session on 28th September

Mindfulness and Emptiness: Saccacitta writes . . .

A criticism of secular mindfulness I read recently quotes from Wherever You Go (1994) by Jon Kabat-Zinn, a founding father of the contemporary mindfulness movement: “mindfulness . . . will not conflict with any beliefs . . . religious or for that matter scientific – nor is it trying to sell you anything, especially not a belief system or ideology“. The author of the critical article says that in fact mindfulness meditation is “metaphysically loaded” with Buddhist views. I largely agree, and feel there are limitations, and possibly risks, in teaching mindfulness meditation without a Buddhist context. Triratna’s model of also teaching beginners the Metta Bhavana, body awareness and just sitting, is helpful too.

This evening I’ll look specifically at mindfulness practice in the context of the Buddhist teaching of emptiness (Sanskrit: Śūnyatā; Pali: Suññatā).

Who is the event for?

It’s suitable for anyone familiar with the two meditation practices we teach here – Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana – and with at least six months regular meditation practice.

Each evening varies, but you can expect periods of meditation with short talks and discussion – sometimes in small groups – and a ten-minute break around the mid-point.

Join this event through the Zoom App

While the Centre is mostly closed by the coronavirus pandemic, we're running many events online through Zoom.
New to Zoom?
• Our online classes and other events are friendly and participative, with opportunities to ask questions and share your own experience. Do turn your camera and microphone on if you can!
• If a session doesn't start on time, please give it a few minutes, there's probably a sudden problem at our end.
Meeting ID: 838 5290 3658. The passcode is 978741
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Or watch the first hour on our Youtube channel

• We’ll also be streaming the first hour of this class live on our Youtube channel if you’d like to follow along there or watch it later. Take me to the class.

Supporting the Centre

We want to offer as much as we can freely online for as long as can. These are very difficult times for us though, and being mostly closed means we have lost much of our income: we need your help! So if you value our Centre and community, please think about making a regular or one-off donation here.


Mon 14th Sep
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Manchester Buddhist Centre
16-20 Turner Street
Manchester, M4 1DZ United Kingdom
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Going Further, Mitras, GFR Mitras, Order Members
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