Retreats


We have a rich program of events beyond our usual drop-in classes, including regular courses, retreats, festival days and other events.

Courses



Mindful Emotion: A Short Course in Kindness

An eight week practical course in Kindness Behaviour Training (KBT) on Tuesday evenings 7.15-9.45pm, starting Tuesday 30th October.

Drawing on many years of clinical experience this practical course and accompanying book has been developed by Dr Paramabandhu Groves and Dr Jed Shamel to cultivate kindness in order to complement and augment other mindfulness-based approaches. Amid the recent explosion of secular mindfulness, their aim is to re-emphasise the importance of the heart, introducing the reader to a variety of ways of approaching kindness-based meditation, as well as to how to put kindness into practice in daily life.

A range of psychological theories and areas of research inform the KBT approach, primarily findings from cognitive neuroscience, as well as evolutionary and positive psychology literatures. It also uses a range of exercises found to be helpful in Eastern traditions, such as Buddhism. The KBT exercises have been isolated from their religious or spiritual origins and are used on a secular basis in this course.

The book Mindful Emotion will act as a companion to the course, walking the reader through each week of the course offering guidance, reflections, and outlining the exercises in a concise user-friendly style. Teaching on the course will be accompanied by worksheets and homework tasks, along with downloadable led meditations.

The course includes a free copy of Mindful Emotion, A Short Course in Kindness. It is suitable for both newcomers or more experienced meditators, as well as those who have previously participated in MBCT or MBSR courses.

Led by Amarapuspa and Maitrinara

Course held downstairs at the Brixton Pound Cafe, 77 Atlantic Road, SW9 8PU

What is Kindness Behaviour Training?

Read more at https://kindnessbehaviourtraining.com/

Reviews of Mindful Emotion

Mindful Emotion by Dr Paramabandhu Groves and Jed Shamel has been hailed by quite a few voices in the field:

A variety of secular-based mindfulness meditation instructions and thoughtful exercises support this process of creating a garden of kindness, which is what our world so badly needs right now. - Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron, author of Good Karma: How to Create the Causes of Happiness and Avoid the Causes of Suffering

This deeply informative book brings together secular science, ancient wisdoms and psychotherapeutic insights, in a series of steps and practices to cultivate kindness to self and others and thereby reap its benefits. Accessible and practical, this book will be of great benefit to many. - Professor Paul Gilbert, PhD, FBPsS, OBE, author of The Compassionate Mind.

Buy this book, read it, practise with it. It’s a wonderfully welcome addition to the body of work around mindfulness and compassion. It’s engaging; down-to-earth but uplifting; and very much to the point. I’ll certainly be recommending it to all those who have attended my mindfulness classes. - Michael Chaskalson (Dharmachari Kulananda), author of Mindfulness in Eight Weeks.

Sarah Bargiela reports in the Journal of Mental Health:
In sum, a heartfelt, thoughtful guide to self-awareness that builds on the existing mindfulness literature and is easily adapted for use both in personal and therapeutic settings.

Paul Wielgus reviews it for The Western Buddhist Review:
As the creators claim, this is a course that draws on techniques from positive psychology and ‘third wave’ therapies (for example, compassion-focused therapy), as well as taking inspiration from the Buddhist tradition; but Kindness Behaviour Training (KBT) is also a course that anyone can understand, participate in and gain benefit from.

Festivals and Events

Dates for your 2018 diaries, for more information sign-up to our events newsletter below.

Wed 10th Oct - Sangha Night led by Paramabandhu (Brixton's President). Yoga Point, 7.30-9.30pm.

Sat 17th Nov - Sangha Day Festival. Yoga Point, 1-5pm.

Retreats

We currently hold two retreats a year at two different retreat centres in the UK, Vajrasana Retreat Centre in Suffolk, and Rivendell Retreat Centre in Sussex. Join our mailing list to receive details of our upcoming retreats.

Many other open retreats are held throughout the year by other Triratna groups and retreat centres. See goingonretreat.com for listings and joining information.

Venues

Classes are held upstairs at Yoga Point, Brixton.

yogapoint

122 Dalberg Rd, Brixton SW2 1AP


Courses are held downstairs at Brixton Pound Cafe, Brixton.

brixtonpound

77 Atlantic Road, Brixton SW9 8PU