Coping with Pain in Challenging Times: a Buddhist approach

Online Morning Course

Saturday 29 August 2020
10.30am – 1.30pm

Please note that these times differ slightly from our usual morning courses to allow more time for a break between sessions.

This morning course will explore how to accept and re-define our experience of pain and suffering.

Coping with chronic physical, mental and emotional pain is difficult at any time – but especially so in these unprecedented times of social isolation, anxiety and fear.

Perhaps you have been shielded by the government or in isolation for many months; distanced from the support of your family and friends; unable to access your usual distractions and enjoyments; or been unable to get the level of healthcare you previously experienced. And then there’s the added anxiety of yourself and loved ones possibly being affected by Coronavirus. Challenging times indeed.

On this morning course we will look at methods Buddha taught to help us accept and transform our suffering into wisdom. We don’t need to be afraid of pain and suffering or to push it away. These techniques will help you to face the difficulties of life with inner peace, strength and resilience.

The course will offer 4 guided meditations that you can take away with you to help you to cope in your own daily life as well as two teachings with practical advice.

This will be held as an online Zoom Meeting format giving participants the opportunity to ask questions and chat with each other if you wish. If you prefer to simply listen you are very welcome to switch off your video – we’d like you to be comfortable and enjoy the course in whatever way is best for you.

The course will be taught by experienced meditation teacher Sue Gunn who has lived with chronic pain and disability since childhood. She has also been shielded for months under the government programme and is delighted to have the opportunity to share the Buddhist meditation methods that have helped her, not just over the last few months but over many years.

No experience needed, everyone is welcome.

This course is perfect for beginners and more experienced meditators.

This will be an online course. We are continually monitoring government advice and, should the situation change, and the course is held at the Centre we will email those who have already booked.

Booking will be open until 30 minutes before the start of the course

To ensure a peaceful environment for all participants, the course sessions will be closed to new arrivals shortly after the advertised start time.

Refunds will not be given in this instance

This course is for people who are connected with Drolma Buddhist Centre living in and around Peterborough. This includes our branch classes at Boston, Crowland, Ely, Huntingdon, March, Spalding and Stamford and people in those areas. If this does not apply to you, then please contact us at info@drolmacentre.org.uk.

how to join the course

You will receive a link to the live streamed course when you complete your booking. You will also receive a reminder 1 hour before the course starts.

The course will be streamed as one meeting which will remain open during the breaks. Please be ready for the next session before the start in case any connection problems arise.

Download the ZOOM app onto whichever device you will be using (laptop, tablet or mobile) so you are ready to view the live stream. For information about joining the webinar please click HOW TO BOOK AND JOIN A CLASS WEBINAR.

Please click on the link 10 minutes before the course is due to start and you will be taken to the live streamed course. This is to enable us to help you with any connection issues you may have in time for the start of the course.

TECHNICAL ADVICE

Please make sure you have a set-up that works to connect to live streaming video.

Our recommendations are:

Use a computer/laptop if possible. Some webinar features may not be available to you if you are using a tablet or mobile.

Close all other windows, tabs and apps that are running.

Use a good and stable internet connection, preferably wired.

It is also recommended that you reduce the amount of people streaming or gaming in your household for the duration of the class.

If using your phone, try to use wi-fi so that you don’t run out of data in your plan (video consumes a lot of data)

SPIRITUAL ADVICE

Please find a comfortable and quiet place that you consider special in your home or room.

Prepare yourself before the class begins by turning off your phone, avoiding distractions, making sure you can focus on the teaching for its duration (each session is approximately one hour).

Have a notebook to write down some of the key points of the teaching that you want to remember and integrate in your life.

Enjoy!

Teacher

With experienced meditation teacher Sue Gunn

Course Fees

£12 per person

Included in Centre Membership. You will have a guaranteed place reserved for you and receive an email with a link to join the course.

We do offer a concessionary rate. Please contact us at info@drolmacentre.org.uk

In line with the revised Eventbrite Policy, you will now receive a refund less the Eventbrite booking fee if you need to cancel.

We regret we are unable to give refunds for cancellations within 24 hours of the event.

Course Format

10.30-11.30am: Session 1
Break
12.30-1.30pm: Session 2

Please note that these times differ from our usual morning courses to allow more time for a break between sessions.

Each session includes a practical talk to help your meditation experience as well as two relaxing guided meditations.

In this Zoom ‘Meeting’ format participants can (if they choose) have their video and audio switched on to ask questions of the teacher and to chat with each other during the break.

PLEASE NOTE: The teaching sessions will be recorded and then turned off during the break to allow confidentiality within the group. Recordings of the teaching session itself (not any discussion time) can be sent to participants who have booked but are unable to attend the live sessions.

Should you not wish to be visible in the recording you can keep your video and/or audio switched off, and just identify yourself on Zoom by your first name or initials – this is so we can match your booking on Eventbrite with the zoom applicants.