An Introduction to Calm Abiding Meditation with Michael Bobrowicz
For almost everyone, there is some time in the day or week where calm arises. It may be just as one goes to sleep, or in the moment when one notices the sun falling on a flower in the garden. But these avenues to calm cannot be practised methodically; they tend to happen randomly, and sometimes these moments just don’t do it. We can’t really ‘call them up’ when we need them.
Most people decide to learn Calm Abiding meditation because there is not enough peace in their lives. If we learn it and then practise it in formal meditation, it starts to pervade our lives and we can find the calm when we need it. Twenty to thirty minutes of practice each day, over time, can help achieve this. With calmness present, we can deal better with untoward events, we are less blown about by outside forces, and importantly, we are less stressed by what does arise around us.
This Calm Abiding meditation course is practical; it works for busy people with jobs and families.
The course will be 10 classes run over 10 weeks. The meditation is broken down into small steps which are easy to learn and practise (Introduction + training and practice in 4 Meditation techniques). To attend, it requires a commitment both to attend the classes for the period of the course, and to practise the meditations at home between classes.
Michael Bobrowicz has been studying Buddhist meditation and philosophy for more than 25 years with the Venerable Namgyal Rinpoche. Having worked in private enterprise, owning companies, and in the public sector, Michael has a good understanding of how to integrate meditation with a busy career. Stepping out of the workforce in 2006, he studied and did long retreats with the Venerable Cecilie Kwiat, and now shares his training with others.
“I try to work from experience, which in my case is very ‘nuts and bolts’ based on what I learned from long silent retreats; how to meditate and why, has been very important to me. I was lucky enough to have teachers who had the skill to explain why they loved meditation. My aim is to try to show people what a joy meditation can be.”
Dates: 1 series is 10 Monday nights. Term 1 course dates: Feb 4,11,18,25, March 11,18,25 (no class March 4 Labour Day), April 1,8,15. Note: Easter Monday is April 22 AFTER Term 1 course ends.
Time: 7.30 to 8.45pm
Bookings: As this is a series, please plan to be present for every class. Bookings are required, please register your interest in attending by emailing:
Victoria at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please book as soon as you can. Each person will be sent a link to two short videos that you will need to watch as preparation for starting the course. You will also be sent a short questionnaire to fill out and return.
Returning students: Meditation is unlike most courses that we engage in in modern life – when you return, the general experience is that you hear it with new ears, hear things you missed the previous time and understand new things based on the ripening of your experience. Therefore, you are invited to join others who have returned 4 or 5 times to take up the opportunity to practice again within a group, deepen the practice, and of course, ask more questions!
Cost: By dana. Dana is often taken to simply mean donation or gift. Dana is a Buddhist teaching about generosity of spirit or the sharing of blessings, the aspiration to generate health and goodwill in all the cycles of giving and receiving; the transactions of daily life. In reflecting on the practice of dana one begins to understand the interdependence of life. Traditionally, dana is a gift that supports the livelihood of the teacher and his family. In turn the teachings offered are to support you in meeting life with wisdom and compassion. Each participant arrives at the amount of dana voluntarily. Teachers of the Dharma are supported by considerate donation. Following Buddhist tradition, Michael charges no fee for teaching and will distribute the dana to support others. It is customary to offer dana at the beginning of the class (there is usually a bowl at near the entrance). Giving prior to the teaching supports the experience of openness and generosity.