Practices for Daily Life

This is an intermediary course, and requires an introductory course to be accepted.

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How can I become a happier and better person? What can help me deal with the problems of everyday life, such as destructive thoughts and emotions, especially anger? How can i deal in a better way with people that I find 'difficult'?  How can I make my life more meaningful?

Buddhism offers two interconnected techniques – mind training, (lo-jong), and meditation. When used correctly and consistently, they result in healthier and more effective ways of dealing with everyday difficulties and problems, while at the same time developing our inner strengths and qualities.

The mind-training techniques are designed to develop new strategies to solve our problems and difficulties. By learning to recognize our negative emotions we can deal with them with more serenity, and gradually become able to use them as an aid to our personal development. Meditation is the tool that enables us to understand our mistaken ways of reacting to ourselves and the world in order to bring about a potentially lasting change in the way we think about ourselves and the world we live in.

This course will alternate teachings on mind training and meditation with actual meditation sessions. The focus will be on giving students a taste of how the Buddhist mind training and meditation techniques can be used in real life situations.

Topics such as these will be covered in the course:
  • The nature of the mind and its unlimited potential
  • Destructive and constructive minds and emotions
  • How destructive minds can be abandoned and constructive minds developed.


Course date: July 16 - 21

Course leader: Ven.Kabir Saxena

Course cost:  90 US$

The Course fee includes all meals, accommodation in dormitory and course material.

Please note: accommodation other than dormitory is charged according to the price as advertised.

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Kopan Monastery
(Nepal Buddhist Mahayana Center Gompa)

Kopan Monastery is affiliated with FPMT
(Foundation for the preservation of the Mahayana Tradition)