From Mindfulness to Compassion to Insight: A Conference

7:00pm 11 July 2019 - 3:00pm 14 July 2019

Cost: ÂŁ150.00

Venue: Samye Ling

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Victor Frankl famously said: ‘Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space there is a power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom’.

What might it be like to choose our response to that which triggers us? What might it be like to be free from following every angry, sad, anxious story that repeatedly plays out in our mind? What might it be like to be free to choose how we react to our life challenges and the stress of the modern world rather than be ruled by our habitual patterns?

What might it be like to tap into our innate Insight and Wisdom?

Mindfulness and Compassion are well-known pathways of training in main stream society and there is a rapidly emerging evidence base for both.  The logical next step is Insight and Wisdom, but as yet there has been little discourse on this topic and only a few secular trainings have emerged.

The focus of this conference is how Mindfulness and Compassion can inform an approach to Insight and Wisdom that is grounded in Neuroscience, Psychology and Eastern Wisdom traditions.

Through Mindfulness practice we learn to settle and stabilise the mind in such a way that we do not compulsively feed negative patterns of thinking, and through Compassion we learn to build emotional resilience and gradually open our hearts and minds to the suffering of life. The next step is to gain deeper Insight into how and why we identify with our negative habits of thinking and emotion in the ways we do, and to access our innate capacity for Wisdom that awakens the richness and intelligence of every aspect of our lives.

Key themes that will be explored:

  • Finding freedom in the midst of our strong emotions
  • Connecting with the richness and intelligence of our so-called destructive emotions
  • Understanding the subliminal roots of our habitual patterns
  • Finding freedom of choice in the face of our compulsive habits and drives
  • Accessing our capacity for open awareness and loosening our tight mental fixations.

Lama Yeshe Rinpoche, Rob Nairn, Heather Regan-Addis, CHoden, Torey Hayden and Charlie Morley will explore how a robust approach to Insight & Wisdom can be developed that is based on emerging insights from Science and Psychology, and from the ancient practices of Mahayana Buddhism.

***The Mindfulness Association has been running workshops in Insight for the last 10 years and it is included as a module within the Post Graduate Studies in Mindfulness MSc, which is a collaboration between the Mindfulness Association and the University of Aberdeen.

***Rob Nairn, Heather Regan-Addis and Choden have written a book entitled From Mindfulness to Insight that is due to be published by Shambhala Publications in April next year. We are planning to have books available at the conference for signing by the authors who will all be present.

The conference begins at 7pm (evening meal at 6pm) on the Thursday evening, between 8am and 8pm on Friday & Saturday and between 8am and 3.00pm on Sunday.

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The Buddhist principle is to be everybody's friend, not to have any enemy.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Meditation means simple acceptance.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
Only the impossible is worth doing.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Whenever we see something which could be done to bring benefit to others, no matter how small, we should do it.
Chamgon Khentin Tai Situ Rinpoche
Freedom is not something you look for outside of yourself. Freedom is within you.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Hasten slowly, you will soon arrive.
Jetsun Milarepa
It doesn’t matter whatever comes, stop judging and it won’t bother you.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
Whatever obstacles arise, if you deal with them through kindness without trying to escape then you have real freedom.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
To tame ourselves is the only way we can change and improve the world.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
Strive always to be as kind, gentle and caring as possible towards all forms of sentient life.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Every sentient being is equal to the Buddha.
Chamgon Kentin Tai Situ Rinpoche
Wherever and whenever we can, we should develop compassion at once.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Reminding ourselves of how others suffer and mentally putting ourselves in their place, will help awaken our compassion.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche