Seeing More Clearly: Critical Thinking as a Spiritual Practice
Sunday 17 June, 10.00am – 4.00pm
A Day Retreat with Viryanaya*
Open to all who have learned Triratna meditations: mindfulness of breathing and metta bhavana.
This workshop aims to bring the benefits of clear, critical thinking to the practice of the Dharma. Poor thinking is both an expression of and a reinforcement of, negative mental states. By learning to think more clearly we can deepen our understanding of the Dharma and improve our communication with one another.
During the workshop we will begin by practising the basic techniques of analysing simple arguments and what makes a good argument. We will then look at how longer arguments are constructed and mistakes that can be made, and then we will consider what are known as Cognitive Biases. Cognitive Biases are mental habits, rooted in negative mental states, that result in poor thinking habits. If there is time we will also consider assumptions and how these can cause problems. Finally, and most importantly, we will see how mistakes in thinking and poor thinking habits can be countered by Dharma practice, and how Dharma practice reduces the likelihood of poor thinking arising.
Please bring vegetarian or vegan lunch to share. No need to book. No charge, donations welcome.
*Viryanaya is women’s mitra convenor in Worcester
Moseley Festival Street Fair
We’ll have a stall at the Street Fair on Saturday 23 June with information about activities at the Birmingham Buddhist Centre.
If you’re curious about what we do, come along and ask.
Buddhist Centre Open Day
Free Taster: Mindfulness for Health
Free Tasters: Iyengar Yoga
Poetry Writing Workshop
Sunday 1 July
Facilitated by Roz Goddard*, the workshop is suitable for writers of all levels of experience. There will be a variety of exercises, poems and interesting stimulus to generate drafts of new poems, as well as opportunity to share your work in a warm and welcoming atmosphere if you feel comfortable doing so.
Places are limited so please book via the Buddhist Centre office on 0121 449 5279 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No charge: Please make a donation to the Buddhist Centre.
One more workshop is planned in the current series – date to be confirmed.
*Roz is a poet and teacher. She has published four collections of poetry, her fifth collection, Spill, from Flarestack Poets, was launched at Birmingham Buddhist Centre at on 11 February.
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