Programme

Visiting Teachers & Events

Bodhicharya Kent Christmas Dinner

16th December, 19:30 Cumin Club, 188 High Street, ME1 1 Rochester, Medway
 
All are welcome to the annual Bodhicharya Kent Christmas meal, an opportunity to come together as a Sangha and reflect on the year that has past, the year to come and celebrate together sharing food.
 
If you would like to come along, then please RSVP your place here, thank you: elliecosta@rocketmail.com 

Residential Winter Retreat with Tsering Paldron - The Buddhist Art of Letting Go and Staying in the Flow (Last few places left)

8th - 10th December, Claridge House, Dormans Road, Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6QH

It is with great pleasure that Bodhicharya London and Kent announce dates for our first Residential Retreat with Tsering Paldron.

***Please see below for all the information and booking instructions and don't delay to pay your deposit if you would like to attend, as we predict places will fill up very quickly***

Retreat is a precious opportunity to receive teachings and put them into practice on the spot, without the normal responsibilities and distractions of our daily life. In this way we can connect with the teachings and deepen into the experience of the practice more easily and therefore bring that depth of understanding and experience back into our life, for our benefit and the benefit of others.

About Tsering Paldron

Tsering Paldron was born in Lisbon, Portugal and traveled to Brussels at the age of 19 where she discovered Tibetan Buddhism. Her spiritual journey started in 1973. She did a three years’ retreat in the 80’s in France, under the guidance of Dudjom Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and under the supervision of Pema Wangyal Rinpoche. She has received teachings from many other lamas of all schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

She has been teaching and traveling for the past 25 years, wrote a few books, mainly in Portuguese. The Adventures of Tashi, the Tibetan Cricket – a children’s book – is available in English, French and German.

She gives regular courses, seminars, talks and meditation classes and is in charge of Bodhicharya Portugal. She is regularly invited to teach in the UK, in Berlin and St. Martin (Caribbean), in Bodhicharya and other Buddhist groups.

http://tseringpaldron.net/

Details, Cost and Booking Instructions

Full Weekend (18 residents):

£205.00 En-suite Room
£185.00 Non En-suite Room (limited number)

Includes – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Tea, Coffee, Cake, Accommodation, Teachings and Body Work

***The cost is not inclusive of “dana”/“generosity” or donations for Tsering. There will be a collection during the weekend for Tsering, so please give what you can and reflect on the personal value of the teachings you are receiving when doing so. Thank you for your generosity***

Food
All food is vegetarian, however vegan, sugar free, diary free and gluten free can be catered for with “prior” notification.

Accommodation
Please note most rooms are twin and you will be required to share. If you have a friend that wishes to attend please let us know when booking so we can put you in the same room.

A deposit of £50 is required to secure a room with the balance due one month before the weekend retreat. You can also pay in full.

If you wish to attend please email Kelly on the following:
kellymerryweather@googlemail.com

For more information on the venue please visit Claridge House website.

www.claridgehousequaker.org.uk

Retreat Schedule

"The Buddhist Art of Letting Go and Staying in the Flow"
with Tsering Paldron

Friday
3:00 Arrival
4:00 Body Work with Margot
5:00 Teaching by Tsering
6:30 Evening Meal
7:45 - 8:30 Meditation
Free Time

Saturday (Silent Day)
7:40am - 8:40am Meditation
8:45 - 9:30 Breakfast
9:30 - 10:30 Meditation
10:30 - 12:00 Teachings by Tsering
12:00 - 1:00 Body Work with Margot
1:00 Lunch
2:00 - 3:00 Free time - Interviews with Tsering
3:30 - 4:30 Meditation
4:30 - 6:00 Teaching by Tsering
6:00 - 6:30 Body work with Margot
6:30 Dinner

Free Time

Sunday
7:40 - 8:40 Meditation
8:45 Breakfast
9:30 - 10:00 Meditation
10:00 - 11:30 Teachings by Tsering
11:30 - 12:30 Body Work with Margot
1:00 Lunch
2:00 - 3:00 Free Time - Interviews with Tsering
3:00 - 4:00 Teaching with Tsering

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Festive Screening Fundraiser of "Meditation in Everyday Life" with Ringu Tulku Rinpoche (£5 suggested donation)

19th December: 7:00pm - 9:30pm Quaker Meeting House, Northgate, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1LS

On the last Bodhicharya Kent Meditation Evening before the Christmas and New Year Break, you are cordially invited to attend a screening of a public talk given by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche during the summer of 2016 in Rochester, Kent, on "Meditation in Every Day Life" which was expertly recorded, edited and produced by our very own Darren Randle.

In this public talk, Rinpoche explains what meditation is, it's benefits and how we can integrate it into our daily lives.

RINGU TULKU RINPOCHE is a Tibetan Buddhist Master of the Kagyu Order. He was trained in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism under many great masters such as HH the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa and HH Dilgo Khentse Rinpoche. He took his formal education at Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Gangtok and Sampurnananda Sanskrit University, Varanasi, India and has served as Professor of Tibetology in Sikkim for 17 years. His doctoral thesis was on the Ecumenical Movement in Tibet.

Since 1990 he has been traveling and teaching Buddhism and meditation at more than 50 Universities, Institutes and Buddhist Centres in Europe, USA, Canada, Latin Amercia, Australia and Asia. He also participates in various interfaith dialogues. He authored several books on Buddhism (https://bodhicharya.org/bookshop/) as well as some children’s books both in Tibetan and European languages.

He founded Bodhicharya (www.bodhicharya.org), an international organization that coordinates the worldwide activities to preserve and transmit Buddhist teachings, to promote inter-cultural dialogues and educational & social projects. He also founded Rigul Trust which supports his projects in his birthplace, Rigul, Tibet (www.rigultrust.org ).

Rinpoche is the Official Representative of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa for Europe and the Founder of Karmapa Foundation Europe (www.karmapafoundation.eu).

THE EVENING will include a short, guided meditation before the screening, refreshments and festive bites to enjoy during.

THE SCREENING is our annual festive fundraiser for Rigul Trust, with all donations raised going towards projects in Rigul, Tibet.
www.rigultrust.org

We will also be collecting any food, clothes and other items that can help bring some small comfort to the homeless over the cold winter months who attend the OPEN HOUSE PROJECT at the Quaker House where we meet. A great way to do this is to start a "Reverse Advent Calendar" where you place a small gift item in a box every day on the lead up to Christmas or in this case until the 19th December.

Everyone is welcome, whether totally new to the group or part of the furniture.


Eight Week Mindfulness Course 2018 (250*)

12th January - 9th March 2018: 7:00pm - 9:30pm 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

In essence, mindfulness is a training in how to simply be; relaxed but also aware, moment-by-moment within changing experience - whatever that might be - with a growing sense of embodied presence, acceptance, compassion and wisdom. This involves learning and practising a number of mindfulness meditation methods alongside innovative positive psychology techniques in a structured and sequenced way over a period of time.

Training in Mindfulness can help you become more aware of the mind's habits, which can then help slowly free you from counter-productive habitual patterns by letting them go or transforming them by acting in a way that is wiser, kinder or more creative for yourself and others in the moment. One begins to realise that reality is to a large extent an interpretation of events based on these habits and the current mood. This realisation opens up more space, more possibility and more freedom in experience for transformation, empowering you to be more of who you truly are.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mindfulness allows you to recognise the gap between your thoughts, emotions, sensations, impulses and your awareness of them, providing you with the choice to respond rather than react or perhaps realise that no response is necessary. Instead you may choose to simply be, relaxing in awareness as your thoughts, emotions and sensations come and go like clouds in the sky-like nature of your mind. In this way your mind can become more flexible as it begins to serve you rather than have you be the servant of the often wandering and frantic 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.

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 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 (issued only if attendance is 75% or more)

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 of week six, where we will practice the techniques and methods learnt in silence together, allowing us to deepen into and consolidate the practice put in over the weeks.

***Please note that this course includes a daily commitment of up to 45 minutes 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 and his .bF Teacher Training with the Mindfulness In Schools Project. He is a UK Network Registered Mindfulness Teacher, currently running mindfulness courses and training for schools and other organisations. Cesare is also a qualified Counsellor with Kent and Medway NHS, and runs a successful private practice.

Cesare began as a teacher in secondary schools. He later went onto work in Adult Education, Training and Employment within UK Prisons, and then as an addiction and substance misuse counsellor.

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 7:00pm.

Dates
January 12th, 19th and 26th, 2nd Feb (break on the 9th of February), then resuming on the 16th February, 23rd February, 2nd and 9th of March

Day Retreat
Silent Day Retreat 10:30am - 4:30pm on Sunday 25th February

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
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=4YZ3W6C68ENP6

OR

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 the New Year and looking forward to accompanying 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.