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English Meditation, in Basel, Saturday Mornings

Please see below for details of a new meditation class starting in March.

Prayers and Meditation for World Peace - Saturday morning 10.15 - 11.45am

March 5 - April 2 with Kelsang Khandro
Bodhichitta Zentrum, Turnerstrasse 26, CH - 4058 Basel (a short walk from Wettsteinplatz tram station)

Class fee: CHF 15/class or CHF 50/ 5 classes

These Saturday morning classes will follow the book " Modern Buddhism" by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and are dedicated to creating peace in the world through developing wisdom and improving our intentions. Classes are open to anybody on a drop-in basis. They can be attended individually or as a series. They include 2 guided meditations, simple buddhist prayers for meditation, a teaching explaining the meditation and time for questions and discussion. The teaching, meditation and prayers are in English. No previous knowledge or experience required.
".. Happiness and suffering are states of mind and so their main causes are not to be found outside the mind. If we want to be truly happy and free from suffering, we must learn how to control our mind. When things go wrong in our life and we encounter difficult situations, we tend to regard the situation itself as our problem, but in reality whatever problems we experience come from the side of the mind. If we were to respond to difficult situations with a positive or peaceful mind they would not be problems for us; indeed, we may even come to regard them as challenges or opportunities for growth and development. Problems arise only if we respond with a negative state of mind. Therefore, if we want to be free from problems, we must transform our mind. Buddha taught that the mind has the power to create all pleasant and unpleasant objects. The world is the result of the Karma, or actions, of the beings who inhabit it. A pure world is the result of pure actions and an impure world is the result of impure actions. Since all actions are created by mind, ultimately everything, including the world itself is created by mind. There is no creator other than mind."

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - Preface to Modern Buddhism (Tharpa Publications)

Contact info@meditation-basel.ch, http://www.meditation-basel.ch

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