Basic course: An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Richard Yin (next course starts 31st January 2019. Bookings open...)
Once a year at Yoga Moves/Centre for Movement Studies, we run a series of classes for those wishing to learn to meditate or to reinvigorate their existing practice. Having completed the course, participants are welcome to join the weekly Friday morning or Thursday night 'sits', and may also attend the Mini Mindfulness Day retreats which run 2-4 times a year on a Sunday morning. Those who attend the regular Friday morning and Thursday night 'sits' also receive occasional study notes on topics related to practice should they wish to further their understanding. All course details are below - please read them before contacting Gaby.
This 4-week series is for those interested in learning to meditate and meditators wanting to enliven their practice. The classes will include a mixture of gentle movements, theory and guided sitting practice. Participants will not be required to sit for 90 minutes and need no prior ex-perience to attend, however, during the course, you will receive an email per week from Richard which requires a little reflection and a response if you would like to respond.
Following the completion of the 4-week series, you are welcome to attend the weekly ‘sit/class’ Thursdays 7.30pm-8.30pm or Fridays 11.15am-12.15pm to continue your practice as casually or as regularly as you like.
Richard Yin is a GP who has a long involvement with meditation. Working as a doctor, running a small business and having a family of his own, he understands the stresses of current day life and how meditation might offer a path to finding peace in a frantic world and help one orientate towards living a meaningful life founded on values.
Dates and Times: Thursday 31 January 7:30 to 9 pm and 3 Saturdays 9, 16 and 23 February 3:00 to 4:30 pm. Email part of course starts at the beginning of the year.
Venue: Centre for Movement Studies /Yoga Moves Studio, 45 Evans Street, Shenton Park (opposite the lake).
What to bring: Your favourite meditation cushion if you have one. Cushions, bolsters and/or chairs are also available at the studio for use.
Bookings: As this is a series, please plan to be present for every class. Bookings are required – please register your interest in attending by contacting Gaby: email@example.com
Cost: By dana. Dana is often taken to simply mean donation or gift. But as a Buddhist teaching, it is about the generosity of spirit or the sharing of blessings and an acknowledgement of the interdependence of life, the constant cycle of giving and receiving. Each participant arrives at the amount of dana voluntarily. Following the Buddhist tradition, Richard charges no fee for teaching. It is customary to offer dana at the beginning of the class (there is usually a bowl at near the entrance). PS: Class cards are not applicable for this class.
Ongoing Mindfulness Meditation classes with Richard Yin
Mindfulness Meditation classes and courses - email Gaby at firstname.lastname@example.org for details or before attending for the first time if you have not attended recently (within the previous 6 months).
December 2018 note re 2019 from Gaby:
Just a reminder that next week will be our last sits for the year and as always we will have some tea and cake after the Thursday class on 13 December. Please join us for a chat before we go into the long Christmas break.
In the new year our weekly sits will resume in the first week of the school term on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 February. It is an 8 week term. Please tell your friends about this opportunity and if you would like to repeat the course, you are welcome to come to any of the sessions, but please let me know beforehand.
Wishing you a delightful break and looking forward to seeing you, if not next week, then again in the new year,
Group practice sessions general information: Thursday nights 7.30pm - 8.30pm and Friday mornings 11.15am - 12.15pm
You are invited to join a group of fully/half/semi-committed meditators, mad runners, foodies, travellers, campers, tired people, quiet people, people with questions and people thinking about asking a question at some point in the future…
Times: Friday mornings 11.15am - 12.15pm and Thursday nights 7.30pm - 8.30pm are ongoing meditation practice sessions. In the new year our weekly sits will resume in the first week of the school term on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 February. It will be an 8 week term.
Pre-requisites: these sessions are for those who have attended the 4 week series of classes taught by Richard Yin, any of the courses given by Michael Bobrowicz or for those who have had teaching from Chimé Shore in the past on mindfulness meditation).
Format: Thursday night and Friday morning sessions are 1 hour. Over the course of the hour, there are 10-15 minutes of guided meditation and 20 minutes of silence to allow people to do their own practice (mindfulness or Calm Abiding). Following this, Richard will respond to any questions and/or give a talk on a point of practice.
Dates: The exact dates for each term are listed in the timetable section of this website next to the class time.
No bookings required for those who meet the pre-requisites above: You may attend casually but please contact Gaby at email@example.com if you have not attended in the previous 6 months. If you believe you have a special circumstance (relevant previous experience) please email Richard via Gaby at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost: By dana/donation.
Please bring a notebook and pen with you if you like to take notes.
Thursday nights Feb - Apr 2018: An Introduction to Buddhism and its Relation to Mindfulness Practice and the Taking of Refuge with Richard Yin (This course has now ended. Email gaby at email@example.com to hear about the next one).
The teachings of mindfulness and refuge are central to Buddhism. Within the more traditional approach to understanding Buddhism, one that involves study, contemplation and meditation, mindfulness is practised with a set of assumptions and “truths” to be investigated.
Some of these assumptions include the certainty of death, impermanence, and the fragility and preciousness of human existence. Truths include the stress that comes from uncertainty, our preoccupation with self and identity and the nature of freedom.
Teachings within Buddhism offer a framework to further investigate these truths and how this can deepen mindfulness practice and unfold a life with greater freedom from the emotional bonds of fear, guilt, anger or desire.
A commitment to the taking of refuge can only occur when one is clear what one is seeking refuge from; a study of the major concepts of Buddhism offers at least an intellectual understanding to undertaking this commitment.
The approaches to understanding and practice within Buddhism are vast and varied reflecting 2600 years of history and diverse cultural influences as the religion spread from its origins in India. The face of Buddhism in Thailand is very different from how it appears in Tibet or Japan, yet they are of the same essence. The differences nonetheless are profound and shape even the “simplest” practice of mindfulness.
This series will attempt to explore some of the fundamental ideas of Buddhism and the varying approaches across different traditions. It will draw from teachings by Namgyal Rinpoche, Chögyam Trungpa and others and will present a more liberal perspective that opens to greater enquiry and self-reflection.
Over the last 10 years at the studio, we have offered mindfulness classes that have been secular, but nonetheless informed by our own predominantly Buddhist influences. This course is put forward so that like us, students may have a framework within which mindfulness practice and refuge are situated; a framework that hopefully offers a greater depth and perspective to practise and how it supports the unfolding of a meaningful life.
Pre-requisites: This 9-week series is for those who have attended previous mindfulness or calm abiding courses and continue to engage in ongoing practice. The weekly class will include a meditation followed by teaching and discussions.
Dates: The classes in this course build on each other, hence the course requires a commitment to be present for each class. 9 Thursday evenings: 1, 8, 15, 22 February, 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 March 2018
Time: 7.30pm – 8.30pm
Venue: Centre for Movement Studies Studio/Yoga Moves, 45 Evans Street, Shenton Park (opposite the lake).
What to bring: Your favourite meditation cushion if you have one. Chairs, cushions, bolsters and bolsters are also available at the studio for use.
Bookings: Bookings are required.
Cost: By dana / considered generosity. Class cards are not applicable for this class. 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. 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 with 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, Richard charges no fee for teaching. 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.