Programme


Visiting teachers & Events

An Evening with Lama Karma Wangmo - The Practice of Giving and Taking: Tonglen (£5*)

6th June: 8:00pm - 10:00pm (Quaker Meeting House, Northgate, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1LS)

We are fortunate to once again be hosting Lama Wangmo The Tonglen This evening of instruction and practice with Lama Wangmo will help bring clarity of understanding to the practice and direct us in the correct methods, so that we can properly apply it to help transform the mind for our benefit and the benefit of others.

Lama Karma Wangmo met His Holiness the 17th Karmapa in 2000, a few months after his escape to India. Since then she has been studying and practicing Buddhism under the guidance of Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa, from whom she also received ordination in 2006. She completed the traditional three year, three month retreat under the guidance of Ringu Tulku Rinpoche at Bodhicharya Meditation Retreat Centre in Sikkim. After which, Tai Situpa appointed her as the resident Lama of Palpung Slovenia.

Day Retreat with Karma Sonam Rinchen - The Eight Worldy Winds (£15*) 

11th June: 10:00am - 4pm (St Andrews Arts Centre. Royal Pier Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2BD)

We are fortunate to once again be hosting Rinchen from Bodhicharya Carribbean, here at Bodhicharya Kent, for a Day Retreat on the Eight Worldy Winds, sometimes know as the Eight Worldy DharmaThe Eight Worldly Winds are: gain and loss, fame and infamy, praise and blame, pleasure and pain. 

They are known as the Eight Worldy Dharmas because they preoccupy sentient beings who are caught in the samsaric mind's habit of grasping and aversion.  The spiritual practitioner looks to be free from the chains of grasping and aversion and yet these eight "winds" Rinchen

Rinchen left for the Caribbean from England at 22 years old, living and working there during the '70s and '80s as a lay Buddhist.

At the end of the '80s he went to a Zen monastery to train as a monk and teacher and was asked to start up a temple in Scotland in 1998.  He returned to the West Indies to teach in 2002.

In 2009 at Bodhgaya he joined Ringu Tulku's lineage, becoming one of his monks.

He currently lives in the Caribbean teaching in Trinidad and Tobago as well as Antigua and Montserrat as the head of Bodhicharya Caribbean.  Most summers he travels to Europe, oftening being invited to and teaching at Bodhicharya Groups in the UK.

Introduction to Yantra Yoga Workshop with John Renshaw (£30*)

2nd July: 10:30am - 4:30pm (St Andrews Arts Centre. Royal Pier Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2BD)



Yantra Yoga is one of the oldest recorded systems of yoga in the world. It has come to us by way of Tibet, a land that holds a vast, rich Buddhist knowledge and heritage. Yantra Yoga’s unique series of positions and movements, combined with conscious breathing, can help coordinate and harmonize one’s personal energy so that the mind can relax and find its authentic balance.

Many positions used in Yantra Yoga are similar to those of Hatha Yoga, but the way to assume and apply them differs significantly. Yantra Yoga uses a sequence that consists of seven phases of movement, connected with seven phases of breathing. In particular, the position in the central phase of each movement helps create specific retentions of the breath that work at a deep, subtle level. For this reason it is not only the main position, but this holding and the entire movement that are important.

John Renshaw is an authorized 2nd level Yantra Yoga instructor who has studied with Dzogchen master Chogyal Namkhai Norbu for more than 30 years, John is highly experienced Yantra Yoga practitioner and been teaching this system of Yoga for over 25 years. John is also trained as a yoga therapist, Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner and runs a vibrant London practice. For more information about John and his work please see HERE





Schedule
The day will start at 10.30am and finish around 4.30pm. There will be a lunch break where we can head down to the nearby Sikh Gurdwara for a tasty vegetarian meal on a donation basis (other food options available in the area).

The day will be as practical as possible with some necessary theory.

What to bring
- If possible a yoga mat but if you don't have one let us know and we can help. Any cushions, props etc you may have or need would be useful, as this venue is not a yoga studio.
- Comfortable clothes and something warm to wear/a blanket for relaxing at the end.

Booking
There are only 25 spaces available for this event.

Your attendance can be confirmed by paying through Paypal HERE, thank you.

All proceeds after covering the teacher's costs and expenses for the day to be donated to Bodhicharya Kent to help support its activities.

Eight Week Mindfulness Course (£250*)

1st September -20th October 2017: 7:30pm - 10:00pm Quaker Meeting House, Northgate, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1LS

Please note, this is a privately run course by Cesare, open to anyone who is interested and isn't being run by Bodhicharya Kent, thank you.

BENEFITS OF A MINDFULNESS COURSE

Training in Mindfulness allows us to recognise the "gap" between our thoughts, sensations, emotions and our awareness of them, providing us with the choice to respond instead of react to them or realise that no response is necessary as we choose to simply be, remaining in awareness as our thoughts, feelings and sensations come and go like clouds in the sky like nature of our mind. In this way we can disengage the "automatic pilot" which often drives our lives and have our mind serve us rather than have us be the servants of our wandering and often tiresome mind.

Training in Mindfulness can also help us recognise our mind's habits and realise how those habitual patterns create our reality when interpreting events based on our current mood. This recognition in awareness, thus slowly frees us from those habitual patterns, allowing us to let them go or act in a way that is kinder to ourselves and others in the moment as we realise that our reality is less fixed and more fluid than we perhaps think.


Training in Mindfulness brings us into embodied presence, using a number of formal and informal mindfulness practices that are integrated into daily life, allowing us to show up for our life as it happens moment by moment and experience the rich tapestry of our experience as it unfolds with more peace of mind.

Mindfulness is a life-skill that anyone can benefit from connecting with and training in. Whether it is to help with life's stresses, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, general well-being or to explore the dimensions of our mind and the experience of what it means to be a human being.

Mindfulness can help us find more peace in an often frantic world, reignite our wonder, creativity and gratitude for life while bringing more presence and spacious kindness to ourself and others as we travel through it.

THE COURSE

Training in mindfulness, like anything needs to be consistent to bring results and that's what a structured eight week course, complete with group work and individual home practice is designed to do. It is perfect for those who are completely new and those looking to commit more to their current practice with the support of the course, the group and an instructor.

The course will provide you with the opportunity to learn a combination of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction/Cognitive Therapy techniques, through formal and informal practices that can be easily integrated into your daily life, including mindfulness of eating, breath, bodily sensations, thoughts, feelings, sounds and movement, as well as a number of other techniques and thought experiments that support the process.

THE COURSE WILL BE SUPPORTED BY

- An e-booklet helping you explore and deepen you understanding of the themes covered in your weekly sessions. It will also include weekly Home Practice Guidance and Record Sheets to help you keep track of your progress.

- Online guided Audio Meditations to guide and support you in your home practice.

- Email support in between sessions with Cesare to discuss or elucidate any points emerging during your home practice.

- Certificate of completion

Each of the eight sessions will cover a particular theme, these eight themes are:

1. Waking Up To Automatic Pilot
2. Living in Our Heads
3. Gathering the Scattered Mind
4. Recognising the Mind's Habits
5. Allowing and Letting Be
6.Thoughts Are Not Facts
7. Taking Care of Ourself
8. Maintaining and Deepening Practice

The course will also include a silent retreat day on the weekend before the last session, where we will practice the techniques and methods learnt in silence together, allowing us to deepen into and consolidate the practice we have put in over the weeks.

***Please note that this course includes a daily commitment of up to 1 hour of home practice in-between sessions. The home practice elements are a core feature of these courses, enabling participants to become familiar with them and explore their cumulative benefits. Simply attending the taught components of these courses, although useful, wont allow for the complete experience and benefits the course is designed to provide***

***Prior to the start of the course there will be a questionnaire (to assess prior experience and any physical and/or mental health needs) for all prospective participants to complete and return***

PAST PARTICIPANT FEEDBACK

"This course is brilliant!"

"I found the mindfulness course truly inspiring. Cesare delivered a fantastic training with an informative yet very personal and individual feel. It has changed the way I live my life. Every moment feels more sacred and my mind feels calmer."

"I loved the open group discussions and the rapport I had with the group as a whole."

"The mindfulness course has transformed many aspects of my mind and the way I

react/over analyse situations. This has allowed me to create more nourishing
relationships in my life."

"It has allowed me to work towards becoming and maintaining my best self."

"Learning to be more mindful has allowed me to become more grounded, I am now
more aware of my thoughts and actions."

"I have understood the power of giving time and taking care of myself, and how
this energy has an expansive effect on those around me."

"I have learned how to connect my mind with my body and this has
helped me release tension in problem areas."

"The mindfulness course has given me a strength to be kind to myself - to allow myself some breathing space which has enabled me to be of benefit to others."

YOUR MINDFULNESS INSTRUCTOR

CesareCesare completed his Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Teacher Training Retreat with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, University of Oxford. He currently conducts Mindfulness Courses and Training for Organisations e.g. Medway Council and Young Healthy Minds. Cesare is also a qualified Counsellor with Kent and Medway NHS, and runs a successful private Psychotherapy practice.

Cesare began as a teacher in secondary schools. He later went onto Education, Training and Employment within UK Prisons, and then specialised in Addiction and Substance Misuse Counselling.

For over 9 years, Cesare’s own meditation practice has been under the guidance of international Buddhist teachers. He set up Bodhicharya Kent, a non-profit group which provides teachings and practice in meditation and Buddhism. There he has been facilitating thriving ongoing weekly meditation classes for the Kent community in Rochester for the past 4 years, under the guidance of his main teacher, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche.

DETAILS

Venue
Quaker Meeting House, Northgate, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1LS

Times
Sessions will be between 2 and 2.5 hours and the start time will be from 7:30pm.

Dates
Friday September 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th and October 6th, 13th, 20th.

Day Retreat
Silent Day Retreat 10:30am - 4:30pm (Date TBC)

St Andrews Arts Centre. Royal Pier Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2BD

Cost
£250 (Payment plans available, please do get in touch)

To book your place now, please follow the PayPal link below

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You can make a bank transfer (preferred)

(Please email for details, thank you)

If you have any questions at all regarding the course or payment, then please do get in touch via email or with the number below.

Hoping to see you in Spring and to accompany you on your mindfulness journey.

Very best wishes,

Cesare

info@cesaremindfultherapy.com

07766720702


* There are limited concession and complimentary places available on events, courses and workshops. Where possible, we offer Dharma on a suggested donation basis to help cover our costs. If you feel that you or someone you know is eligible for a concession or complimentary place, then please email us at bk.meditate@gmail.com.