Everyday Mindfulness – a path to transformation
June 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm£10.00
Deepen your experience and develop insight with mindfulness…………..
In recent years, the Buddhist practice of mindfulness has received a great deal of attention and has been widely promoted in the west as a means to reduce stress or as a therapeutic technique. This approach, although not intrinsically harmful, sometimes leads to a superficial view which regards mindfulness as an adjunct or past-time, something which simply smooths the rough edges of existence and helps us live more comfortable lives.
The Buddhist perspective however regards mindfulness as integral to a path of personal and social transformation and central to the development of ethical and spiritual practice. In short, mindfulness is seen as fundamental to deepening our experience and developing insight.
Based on the teachings of Vietnemese Zen master Thích Nhất Hạnh, this talk will introduce a number of practices which help us develop and integrate mindfulness into our daily lives so that it becomes a ‘mode of being’ rather than an additional activity. The talk will also highlight the role of mindfulness in modern society and in the face of the many contemporary challenges to our peace and well-being.
Martin Pitt has practised meditation and Buddhism for many years. He first encountered the Vietnemese Zen master and poet Thích Nhất Hạnh in 1987 at Plum Village, France and was inspired by the direct and simple mindfulness teachings. This practice encouraged an emphasis on engaged Buddhism which chimed well with Martin’s activities in the peace and green movements. During his early involvement, Martin helped establish the national Community of Interbeing – the organisation in the UK which supports the practice and teachings of Plum Village. in 1990 he joined the Order of Interbeing and subsequently in 1994 he was honoured to receive the dharma teacher’s lamp directly from his teacher Thích Nhất Hạnh.
Currently Martin leads weekly meditation classes in Devon, Days of Mindfulness, retreats and dharma study weekends in the UK. he lives with his wife Helen and son Lyndon in Devon and works as a professor leading a team of applied health researchers based at the University of Exeter Medical School who explore ways to improve the delivery of services in the NHS.