Mindfulness is an awareness that comes with being in the present moment, neither locked in the past nor anxious about the future, simply happy with where we are at this present moment – as the Buddha taught.mindfulness-image1

Since 2011 we have been running highly successful One Year Training Courses in Mindfulness in conjuction with the Mindfulness Association, founded by Rob Nairn, renowned Buddhist teacher and author of Tranquil Mind and Diamond Mind. The courses have been running for a number years in the UK and are now on offer in Ireland and other European countries. See below for details of upcoming training courses.

For those whom have already completed the Mindfulness training there is the option to continue with the Compassion Practitioner Certificate course.

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 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 tutor. Please bring lunch to share. A donation of 25/30 euro is suggested. 2017 Dates as follows: March 12th, June 11th and December 10th.

Compasssion-Based Living Course, begins February 2017

This secular and experiential course developed by the Mindfulness Association aims to take you on an in-depth and personal journey of Compassion with a view to integrating it into everyday life.  The course content draws on the wisdom resources of evolutionary psychology, neuroscience and Mahayana Buddhism together with the rich interaction of these traditions.

Compassion is an innate quality in all of us and as such it can be nurtured and nourished.  Central to Compassion is a sensitivity to our own and others’ difficulties and the wish to alleviate this and to flourish and find happiness.  While Mindfulness heightens our awareness, Compassion deepens our awareness with heartfulness. The cultivation of Compassion helps build our inner resources to respond to the inevitable challenges in our lives and enhances our capacity to appreciate and develop gratitude for the good that is also present.  It is a journey that requires commitment and courage.

The structure of the course is designed to support the experiential learning of participants and home practice is encouraged. Email or phone support is available from the tutors and reading resources will be recommended.

The course runs for 9 weeks and also includes a day of practice.  It is suitable for anyone who has taken a mindfulness course; MBLC, MBSR or any other comprehensive  mindfulness  training.

Before the course the tutors will make contact by phone with all those who book a place on the course to discuss and answer any questions.  If you have any queries please contact the tutors by email.

Course dates:

Thursdays from 7.45pm – 9.45pm. Feb 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, March 2nd, 9th, 16th 23rd, April 27th. The full Practice day will be Sunday 12th March from 10.00-3.30. ***There will be a ‘taster session’ on Thursday 26th January 7.45pm – 9.15pm if you would like to come and try it out.

Course Cost: €295

Course Tutor:

Suzanne Mulqueen-Suzanne is a tutor with the Mindfulness Association. She holds a post-graduate diploma in Mindfulness from Aberdeen University.  She is also trained in the Mindfulness in Schools project programmes and delivers these programmes in a primary school context. Suzanne has completed her Compassion training with the Mindfulness Association, Paul Gilbert, Kristin Neff and Chris Germer.  Compassion has been an invaluable resource in her own life and in connecting her heart to heart with others.

Email: s_mulqueen@hotmail.com .

Tutors are affiliated to Mindfulness Association (www.mindfulnessassociation.org) which is a member of the U.K. Network of Mindfulness Based Teacher Training Organisations. All Mindfulness Association (MA) tutors adhere to the Good Practice Teacher Guidelines, (http://mindfulnessteachersuk.org.uk/

If you wish to live more compassionately with yourself and others please click on this link to book

The Mindfulness Association is a member of the UK Network of Mindfulness Based Teacher Training Organisations. All the tutors in KSD Dublin adhere to the Good Practice Guidelines for Teachers.

*The Mindfulness Association (MA) (www.mindfulnessassociation.net) is a non-profit making organisation based in the UK whose objective is to offer high quality secular courses in Mindfulness, Compassion and Insight. The MA works with the University of Aberdeen in the delivery of the Masters Programme in Mindfulness Studies, the first of its kind to include and foreground the teaching of compassion in its curriculum.

The MA is a member of the UK Network of Mindfulness Based Teacher Training Organisations (http://mindfulnessteachersuk.org.uk/).  All MA tutors adhere to the Good Practice Guidelines for Teachers of Mindfulness Based courses.

**Kagyu Samye Dzong centre contact details: For queries and information: phone: 00 353 1453 7427; email: info@buddhism.ie; website www.buddhism.ie

***Nairn, R (2002) Diamond Mind: Psychology of Meditation. Shambala Publications