Understand Your Mind
Drop-in Meditation Classes
Day & Evening Classes Tuesdays to Fridays
“Happiness and suffering are feelings – parts of our mind – and so their main causes are not to be found outside the mind. If we really want to be truly happy and free from suffering, we must improve our understanding of the mind.”
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche
We often speak about our mind, saying ‘I’m in two minds’, ‘ I’ve changed my mind’, ‘I’ve got a lot on my mind’, but do we actually know what our mind is and the part it plays in our everyday experience of happiness and suffering.
This series of classes will lead us to a greater understanding of our own mind using the insights Buddha gained though many years of meditation. Through this we will realise that the answer to our suffering and unhappiness lies not in our external conditions but in improving our inner experience of positive and peaceful states of mind.
The essential point of understanding the mind is that liberation from suffering cannot be found outside the mind. Permanent liberation can be found only by purifying the mind. Therefore, if we want to become free from problems and attain lasting peace and happiness, we need to increase our knowledge and understanding of the mind.
Most of the classes are taught by Gen Kelsang Päljin, the Resident Teacher of Buddha Land Kadampa Meditation Centre (which is in Keighley), and the Principal Teacher of Burnley Kadampa Buddhist Centre. He is a Buddhist monk with over 25 years’ experience of practising and teaching Kadampa Buddhism.
The Wednesday 11 – 12 class at Keighley and the Thursday 11-12 class at Keighley are taught by Kelsang Dra-ma, a student of the Teacher Training Programme at Buddha Land Kadampa Meditation Centre, Keighley.
The Tuesday 11 – 12 class in Burley-in-Wharfedale are taught by Paul Cavanagh a student of the Foundation Programme at Buddha Land Kadampa Meditation Centre, Keighley.
How to Understand Your Mind
The course ‘Understand Your Mind’ will run in person at the following times and locations (links will take you to the respective class website).
Tuesdays 11am – 12noon, Buddha Land Kadampa Buddhist Centre, Keighley
Tuesdays 11am – 12noon, Salem Church Hall, Burley-in-Wharfedale – NEW CLASS from 23 May
Tuesdays 7pm – 8pm, Otley Town Partnership, Otley
Wednesdays 11am – 12noon, Buddha Land Kadampa Buddhist Centre, Keighley
Wednesdays 11am – 12noon, Burnley Kadampa Buddhist Centre, Burnley
Wednesdays 7pm – 8pm*, Burnley Kadampa Buddhist Centre, Burnley *New Time
Thursdays 11am – 12noon, Burnley Kadampa Buddhist Centre, Burnley
Thursdays 11am – 12noon, Buddha Land Kadampa Buddhist Centre, Keighley
Fridays 1pm – 1.40pm, Buddha Land Kadampa Buddhist Centre, Keighley
Fridays 6pm – 7pm, Buddha Land Kadampa Buddhist Centre, Keighley
Please book in-person classes in advance if you are able.