Therapy vs Meditation - public talk by Alistair Appleton 24th November (Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm)
Therapy vs Meditation: Exploring the boundaries, Flagging the dangers
Drawing on his many years of experience as a clinical psychotherapist and his practice as a Buddhist meditator, Alistair explores the ways in which these two ‘lineages’ of the mind can support one another and can sometimes clash.
Understanding the principles that underpin them can alert us to how they might be one dissonant, for example in the way that meditators might use meditation to “dissociate” their emotions or when therapy clients might use their sessions to strengthen storylines that are already way too strong.
It’s an interesting talk for those are practising meditation and/or are practising or undergoing therapy, and everyone else in between who might be intrigued.
All proceeds (suggested donation €10) go to the Dublin Centre.
A Gentler Heart - workshop with Alistair Appleton 25th November - 26th November 2017 (Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm)
We are delighted to welcome Alistair back to Dublin where he will host another of his experiential and transformative workshops.
The Dalai Lama says that “all our suffering comes from caring about ourselves and all our happiness comes from caring for others”. And yet we live in a world that puts “self” first and the ‘me-me-me’ culture we live in pre-programs self-interest.
Buddhism famously questions the nature of that ‘self’ and does so not from an intellectual place but one of meditative experience. The deeper we sit with the raw experience of the heart the more impossible it becomes to wall ourselves off from the experiences of others.
We become more empathic but then a surprise happens: we start to realise that opening up to the “otherousness” of the World actually makes life brighter, more adventurous, wider and wiser.
This weekend course is looking to explore the meditative path towards that experience of the gentle heart. Drawing on his experience as a therapist as well as long-term meditator, Alistair uses meditative practices, bodywork and group exercises to explore the world of emotions, togetherness and heart-felt connection know in Buddhism as ‘bodhicitta’ and to sound out the blocks and anxieties that stop us getting there.
It’s suitable for beginners or those who want to re-visit the bodhicitta practices from a somatic place.
'Second Sunday Mindfulness Day' 10th December (Time: 10:00 am - 3:30 pm)
Monthly Practice ‘Sits’: These are held on the Second Sunday of every month from 10.00-11.30 and offer an opportunity to practice within a group that is facilitated by a Mindfulness Association-trained tutor. A donation of 10/15 euro is suggested. (The ‘sit’ time will be 6.00-7.30 pm when there is a course or visiting teacher- check the Events page for updates). 2017 Dates as follows: Feb 12th, Mar 12th, Apr 9th, May 14th, June 11th (no sit July/Aug), Sept 10th, Oct 8th, Nov 12th, Dec 10th
Silent Practice Days: These silent practice days, 10.00-3.30, are held on a regular basis, also on a Second Sunday, continuing on from the ‘monthly sit’ time of 10.00-11.30. (It is possible to attend until 11.30 only). They offer an opportunity to deepen and consolidate your practice within a group setting which is hosted by a Mindfulness Association-trained tutor. Please bring lunch to share. A donation of 25/30 euro is suggested. 2017 Dates as follows: June 11th and December 10th.