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Introducing the Four Close Placements of Mindfulness
September 24 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Is this for me?
Those who are new to Buddhist meditation often find the Four Close Placements of Mindfulness a great entry practice. While the meditation has the potential to help practitioners gain insight into the nature of reality itself, it also has practical applications on a daily basis, helping us to become more in-tune with our internal processes of body and mind, which in turn can help us regulate our emotions.
Mindfulness is a concept that has gained great popularity in recent years due to its effectiveness, simplicity and universal appeal. But what is mindfulness, exactly? How does the modern understanding of the term differ from the traditional definition? And where does it sit within the Buddhist path?
The Four Close Placements is the Buddha’s pith instruction in mindfulness practice. It speaks of where our attention should be placed; in our body, feelings, mind, and objects of the mind, and how a deep meditative insight into each of these four can become a path out of suffering.
Through exploring this method deeply, we come to learn that mindfulness – far from being a mere stress reduction technique – is a profound method for cultivating wisdom and true freedom.
The teacher, Geshe Tenzin Namdak, often emphasises the importance of this practice. We are delighted that he will be sharing his knowledge and experience with us as he guides us through the key points of this essential teaching.
- 10:00 – 11:30
- 12:00 – 13:00
- 14:00 – 15:30
About the teacher
Geshe Namdak, after completing his university studies in Hydrology, worked as an environmental researcher in the Netherlands. He began studying Buddhism at Maitreya Institute and was eventually ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama before completing the 20-year Geshe degree at Sera Jey monastic university in India, as well as the traditional one-year Vajrayana study program at Gyume Tantric College. Few people can combine this extensive Buddhist education with rigorous scientific training. The result is Geshe Namdak’s unique teaching style, which is at once incisive, clear, warm and humorous.
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