Usually, we find it difficult to control our mind. It seems as if our mind is like a balloon in the wind – blown here and there by external circumstances. If things go well, our mind is happy, but if they go badly, it immediately becomes unhappy.
When we do not get what we want, or we lose something that we like, we become irritated, even despondent. Such fluctuations of mood arise because we are too closely involved in the external situation.
If we train in meditation, our mind will gradually become more and more peaceful, and we will experience a purer and purer form of happiness. Eventually, we will be able to stay happy all the time, even in the most difficult circumstances.
What is Meditation?
Although one of the effects of correct meditation is to relax the body and the mind, meditation itself is much more than just relaxing. Meditation is a mind that concentrates on a virtuous object, and is a mental action that is the main cause of mental peace.
There are two types of meditation – analytical meditation and placement meditation. When we use our imagination, mindfulness, and powers of reasoning to find our object of meditation, this is analytical meditation. When we find our object and hold it single-pointedly, this is placement meditation.
There are many different types of meditation object, such as patience, love, compassion, impermanence or emptiness.
Where to begin?
When we start our meditation practice, it is useful to choose, as our first object of meditation, the sensation of the air at our nostrils as we breathe in and out (breathing meditation). This object is easy to discover, so it functions to calm our mind quickly, overcoming our distracting thoughts and preparing us for more advanced meditations.
If you've been thinking of trying meditation but do not know where to start, why not simply drop in in one of our weekly meditation classes, workshops or retreats.
See the list of upcoming events below for some examples. Each one of these is self-contained and no prior experience or preparation is required. Everyone is welcome!
Monday to Friday 12:30-12:50
The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful so that we can find relief from mental discomfort, worries or anxiety.
Through a qualified meditation practice, we become deeply familiar with states of mind that are conducive to happiness.
These 20-minute sessions will allow you to truly relax and de-stress. Returning to your day feeling clear-headed and refreshed.
A typical session includes a short talk and a guided breathing meditation.
No need to book, just drop in! Everyone is welcome!
Saturday & Sunday 14:00-15:00
Take a break from your day and find some inner calm. Join us for one of our special lunchtime meditation sessions, held in our beautiful meditation space at Tara IKRC.
Enjoy relaxing guided meditation, a short teaching on love and compassion, and the beautiful Prayers for World Peace that will help you navigate life with a more peaceful, positive mind .
No need to book. Just drop in! Everyone is welcome!
Venue & Parking
These classes are taking place at:
Tara IKRC, Ashe Hall, Ash Lane, Etwall DE65 6HT
Free parking and disabled parking available on site.
Regular: No fee
Members: No fee
If you have any questions or booking inquiries, please email: email@example.com or call us on 01283 732338 during Reception opening hours.
Welcome to Tara International Kadampa Retreat Centre
Reception area, Tara IKRC
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