FREE Open House: Enlightening Your Brave Heart

FREE OPEN HOUSE Enlightening Your Brave Heart

WED | 15 JAN 18:00 - 20:30

All welcome to attend this free session. It gives you the chance to see and meet us first hand, get your questions answered and register to the course.


  • 18:00 Get to know all the facilitators of the course. You will also get a chance to chat with people who have been meditating for years and to introduce yourself and network with fellow students.
  • 19:00 TALK: “The Lazy Monk Shantideva's Life: Enlightening Your Brave Heart” with Rhona Sayer 


Shantideva was a scholar in the eighth century from the monastic university Nalanda, one of the most celebrated centers of learning in ancient India. According to legend, Shantideva was greatly inspired by the celestial bodhisattva Manjushri, from whom he secretly received teachings and great insights. Yet as far as the other monks could tell, there was nothing special about Shantideva. In fact, he seemed to do nothing but eat and sleep. In an attempt to embarrass him, the monks forced Shantideva's hand by convincing him to publicly expound on the scriptures. To the amazement of all in attendance that day, Shantideva delivered the original and moving verses of the Bodhicharyavatara. When he reached verse thirty-four of the ninth chapter, he began to rise into the sky, until he at last disappeared. Following this, Shantideva became a great teacher.

  • COURSE EVERY WED | 15 JAN - 13 MAY | 19:00 - 20:30
  • RETREAT SATURDAY | 22 FEB - 4 APR - 16 MAY | 10:00 - 15:30 


Whether you are new to the study of Buddhism or have been studying or practicing it for years, this course will provide you with the opportunity to develop your heart to overcome anger, frustration, depression and other negative emotions to face the modern world today with an attitude of caring and cherishing oneself and others including the environment around us. We will take you through Shantideva’s 8th-century text: The Way of the Bodhisattva or, in Sanskrit, the Bodhicaryavatara. 

“If I have any understanding of compassion and the practices of the bodhisattva path, it is entirely on the basis of this text that I possess it.”  H.H. the Dalai Lama  


Through a combination of selected readings with commentary and guided meditation, you will learn to:
  • Develop the courage of a good heart
  • Dissolve the barriers between ‘self’ and ‘other’
  • Discover insight into yourself as you really are


  • Short guided meditation or reflection 
  • Teachings and group practice
  • Homework - Questions for Group discussions on retreat day. (30 to 60 mins)
  • Question & Answer at the end of class
  • Access to audio recordings (Available for registered students only)


Anyone is welcome to take this course. Suitable for complete beginners and those with experience and knowledge. Come to Study Buddhism with our vibrant community of students.


This course is a unique combination of core subject knowledge organized into three modules. 
Each module is comprised of 6 Wednesday classes. 
At the end of each module, there will be one day-long retreat.

Awakens your compassionate potential

  • 22/1/2020 Excellence of Bodhicitta with Jan Andresen 
  • 29/1/2020 Confession: Preparing the Ground with Rhona Sayer 
  • 5/2/2020 Confession: Preparing the Ground with Rhona Sayer 
  • 12/2/2020 Commitment: Awakening the Heart with Rhona Sayer 
  • 19/2/2020 Awareness: Guarding Compassion with Roy Sutherwood

RETREAT DAY  SAT 22 FEB | 10:00 - 15:30 with Grace Gyatso and Jan Andresen

Uncover the strength to overcome anger, fear and destructive emotions

  • 26/2/2020 Vigilance: Taming Your Wild Mind with Jane Sill 
  • 4/3/2020 Vigilance: Taming Your Wild Mind with Jane Sill 
  • 11/3/2020 Patience: Healing Anger with Jan Andresen 
  • 18/3/2020 Patience: Healing Anger with Jan Andresen 
  • 25/3/2020 Perseverance: Bringing Joy to the Path 
  • 1/4/2020 Perseverance: Bringing Joy to the Path
RETREAT DAY  SAT 4 APRIL |  10:00 - 15:30 with Grace Gyatso and Jan Andresen 

Understand your true nature

  • 8/4/2020 Meditation: Dissolving the Barriers with Roy Sutherwood 
  • 15/4/2020 Meditation: Dissolving the Barriers with Roy Sutherwood 
  • 22/4/2020 Meditation: Dissolving the Barriers with Roy Sutherwood 
  • 29/4/2020 Wisdom: Transcendent Wisdom
  • 6/5/2020 Wisdom: Transcendent Wisdom 
  • 13/5/2020 Wisdom: Transcendent Wisdom

RETREAT DAY SAT 16 MAY |  10:00 - 16:00 with Rhona Sayer 


FPMT registered teachers and senior graduate students at Jamyang who have been leading meditation and facilitated other Buddhism courses on onsite and online for many years.


Booking is not mandatory but highly recommended because Jamyang can give you a better service. Jamyang Buddhist Centre operates within the ideal of offering dharma teachings without charging a fee, so that money is not an obstacle for anyone to hear the precious teachings and participate in the practices. We rely on the generous hearts of those who are moved to support the spiritual offerings and keep them open to everyone regardless of ability to pay.


Each module is comprised of 6 Wednesday classes and a day-long retreat. There are three modules in total.

Suggested donation: Single Wednesday Class: £10 / Single Retreat Day-Long: £40 
Donation of your choice:  at the door.

More options available on Eventbrite:

  • Full Module: £90 
  • Three Modules: £240 Full course of three series plus three retreat days.
  • Generosity Ticket:£25

Ordained sangha are always welcome free of charge, please contact us directly at [email protected]


Event Properties

Event date 15-01-2020 6:00 pm
Event End Date 15-01-2020 8:30 pm
Jamyang Buddhist Centre London
43A Renfrew Road, Lambeth, London SE11 4NA, UK London, London SE11 4NA United Kingdom
Jamyang Buddhist Centre London
We are no longer accepting registration for this event


Jamyang is an affiliated centre of the 
Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition

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