Author Archives: Vera

Easter Break

We’ve now finished our 5 weeks of Loving Kindness practice and Mary and I really enjoyed it so much. We met quite a few new people and they brought such a fresh outlook to the class. Everyone was so happy … Continue reading

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Help for meditation online

Whether you’re starting out or starting again, these 10 short videos will help you with the basic instructions for posture and using the breath as a focus of meditation. Perfect as an introduction or a reminder.  

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Meditation and things to think about in Week 3

Yes, we spent lots of time meditating, but we also had lots to think about too. We heard that the whole teaching of the Buddha could be essentialised in 3 lines: Commit not a single unwholesome action OR If you can’t … Continue reading

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Cultivating Compassion

We’ve explored how we are all linked closely with each other (interdependent) and depend on kindness of others on a daily basis for our food, shelter, transport etc. Being grateful for this kindness unlocks our ability to show kindness to … Continue reading

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Loving Kindness for All

We’d been developing the scope and extent of our practice over 4 weeks, so that by the time we did the last guided practice on the last evening of this course, it’s remarkable how effective it was and how much … Continue reading

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Extending Loving Kindness to others

This week we have further explored how our lives might change if our minds were free from our usual fears and emotions and instead were filled with love and compassion. We heard an analogy for this – our mind being like a … Continue reading

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Unblocking our potential

This week we reflected on a particular situation, either in childhood or at any time, when we recognised that we were given unconditional love by someone. We reconnected with this feeling to remind ourselves that whatever we feel now, there … Continue reading

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First Loving Kindness Practice

This week we heard about the origins of the loving kindness practice. This was taught by the Buddha as an antidote to fear and was practised by a group of monks who then transformed their fear, and thus their experiences … Continue reading

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Introduction to Loving Kindness Practice 25/02/2015

When we start learning to meditate, we find our mind wanders, and we have to start again. We all face difficulties with meditation at times and starting over is actually a practice of loving kindness. This is the practice we … Continue reading

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2015 Week 2 Review

This week we went through more points about ‘shamatha’ and using an object such as the breath to neutralise the mental chatter. Eventually when our minds settle we don’t need an object any more. This is called ‘shamatha without support’, and it … Continue reading

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