Other Classes and Events

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


Sunday 24 June, 1.30-5.00pm
Bring friends, family and neighbours.  A chance to explore the Buddhist Centre, relax with tea and cake in the spacious garden, look around the various shrine rooms, try meditation and find out more about Buddhism.
Refreshments from 1.30pm
2.00pm Guided tour
3.00pm Meditation taster
4.00pm Short talk: How to be more contented, followed by Q&A on Buddhism and meditation
5.00pm Finish


Free Taster: Mindfulness for Health


Monday 25 June 1.00-2.00pm
Come and try Breathworks, a mindfulness approach which helps people living with pain, stress and illness to improve health and wellbeing. Hear more about the 8-week courses which start throughout the year.
More about Breathworks here.


Free Tasters: Iyengar Yoga


Tuesday June 26, 4 – 5pm

with Prabhakara

Wednesday June 27, 12.30 – 1.30pm
with Carol
Free yoga sessions for beginners – suitable for all. No need to book, just turn up.
Wear clothes that stretch.


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 info@birminghambuddhistcentre.org.uk.

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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