Who will you listen to when they declare, they swirl all round you;
they always know best, and then try changing you,
so then beware upon those judges whim to fix your fate,
as though they can offer real security,
and then deceive you with their maturity.
Poems from the Edge of Time by Christopher Titmuss
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Welcome to every one of our 7300 subscribers of the current issue of the Christopher e-News.
Thank you for your kind responses about our new format for the e-News.
The e-News has been gradually expanding with 35 pages. So Jude (IT Consultant) and I have decided to divide the eNews into two sections.
This e-News will contain the international teaching schedule both for residential and zoom programmes.
The next e-News after this will be published in four or five weeks. This e-news will include information about social media, blog updates, audio library, books and other forms of Dharma service.
Importance of the Middle Way
Dharma teachings point out the middle way. Views on the path often swing from one extreme to the other. One extreme view is the practitioner must depend on a guru/master/teacher who knows the path and goal. The practitioner remains faithful and devoted to the path the other has set for him or her. That view easily leads to dependency on the other that blocks the realisation of freedom in all directions.
The other extreme view shows in the view that you have to create your own path. You have to rely upon yourself. That also leads to dependency on the views of oneself. This also blocks realisation of freedom in all directions. Where is the freedom if we live in the spell of the self of oneself or the self of another?
What is the middle way in the spiritual exploration of self and other?
I take the view that ethics, love and wisdom belong to any authentic path for anybody at any time in history. Yes, we can find diverse expressions of these indispensable features.
If ethics, love and wisdom are not found in the path, then that path is not worthy of any consideration.
INTERNATIONAL TEACHING SCHEDULE FROM 2022 TO 2023
I invite donations at the end of the retreat to support the ongoing teaching and daily life living costs.
No charge is made for the teachings. Residential retreats payment covers cost of teacher’s travel.
CALENDAR FOR July 2022 – October 2023 – so far
JULY: Zoom 8fold Path, Israel. Zoom MTTC, Zoom. India BSG.
Saturday 27 August 2022 Right Concentration (closing session following Introduction and Eight Sessions).
ZOOM YOM KIPPUR ISRAEL
Two Days of Teachings/Practices with Christopher
DAY OF REPENTANCE – Tuesday 4 October,2022
DAY OF ATONEMENT- Wednesday 5 October 2022
Three 60-minute sessions, via Zoom, plus practices for home.
The Jewish Community regards Yom Kippur as the most important holy-day in their religious calendar.
We will explore themes of repentance/regrets/errors of judgement/unresolved issues of the past and the unhelpful burden of guilt. Sessions will look at fresh ways to look at experiences, impactful or subtle, with recognition of acts done or not done
We will explore themes of atonement, of acts to make amends for what we said, wrote or did or failed to do. Day will include ways to implement change through mindfulness, sharing, loving kindness and fresh perceptions.
Tuesday and Wednesday.
8 am – 9 am. CET. Guided Meditation/Reflection, Talk. Question and Answer
12.00 – 13.00 CET Guided Meditation/Reflection, Talk. Question and Answer
17.00 – 18.00 CET Guided Meditation/Reflection, Talk. Question and Answer
Jews and non-Jews are welcome to attend this two-day Zoom gathering.
Participants are welcome to attend as many sessions as possible.
Teachings will include meditation/activities/communication practices during the day.
Christopher Titmuss taught annual residential retreats in Israel between 1992 – 2019.
Dates for Mindfulness Teacher Training Course (MTTC).
With Christopher and Ulla Koenig
9-10 September 2022
7-8 October 2022
2-6 November 2022 (residential/Zoom with Christopher)
Please note this is a 12-month Course, which started in late October 2021 and finishes in early November 2022 for 60 participants with prior registration.
Mindfulness. Insight Meditation. Freeing up the Heart-Mind.
Sunday 4 December to Tuesday 6 Decmber 2022.
23.00 – 24.00 CET. Saturday, Sunday, Monday:
6.30 am – 7.30 am CET. Sunday to Tuesday
12 noon – 13.00 CET. Sunday to Tuesday
It is a little inconvenient with time zone if we live in another part of the world.
You are invited to attend as many zoom sessions as you can.
The days will consist of three 60-minute Zoom meeting per day including talks, comprehensive instructions, guided meditations, questions/answers and sharing. We will encourage specific mindfulness/meditation practices at home, work and elsewhere.
The retreats consist of comprehensive mindfulness/meditation instructions in sitting, walking, standing/reclining, inter-views with myself, inquiry, questions and answers, and a daily talk. Silence is a major feature of these retreats. Suitable for beginners and experienced meditators.
Do join our Facebook Group page with the name, Christopher Titmuss Teachings, which started in July 2022.
We have around 700 Members so far.
I raise a weekly question for Members to respond to and invitation to send their response in Comments.
After a few days, I give an overall response to Comments of members.
Short Dharma teachings are also posted on this Facebook page.
WEEK ONE: I asked the Members their response if they ask themselves WHO AM I?
WEEK TWO: I asked. Four kinds of action. 1.Healthy, skilful action. 2. Unhealthy, unskilful action.3. Neutral action. 4.???
WEEK THREE: Is insecurity related to the desire to control and/or other factors?
I will continue to use Facebook Friends but the Facebook Group will allow more interaction.
Please click here to join this Facebook Group. I also intend to send out invites through Facebook Friends. I am keen for the participants in the Group Page to have a voice. In the passage of time, Facebook Group will reflect varied interests. I move in different circles – Buddhist tradition, meditation, mindfulness, spirituality, inter-faith dialogue, well-being, lifestyle, anti-war movement, grass root politics and global issues. Not all members are practitioners of meditation.
THE WISE LOTUS CENTRE Letchworth Garden City, Herts
Do join our classes and courses held in The Wise Lotus Centre, 35 minutes on the train north from Kings Cross station in central London, UK.
TWLC has a rapidly expanding programme throughout the week. The Centre keeps as affordable as possible to support adults and children. Centre offers evening meetings/classes. The programme includes mindfulness, meditation, yoga, holistic therapies, self-care, public talks, classes for families, children and businesses.
Different Ways to offer donations(dana) to support Christopher https://www.christophertitmuss.net/donations.
• You can make donations via your PAYPAL, STRIPE or Credit/Debit Card
• You do not need a PAYPAL account.
Inspired by his years as a Buddhist monk (1970-1976) Christopher depends upon donations rather than charge for teachings. Christopher only teaches in centres where he considers the daily rate affordable.
You can also make a bank transfer to my bank account in Devon, England. I will email you my bank details. email@example.com
Thank you for your kind support.
ULLA KOENIG OF GERMANY. TEACHINGS. BOOKS
Residential and Zoom Programmes
For information, see www.ulla-koenig.com
Website information in German and English.
Ulla and I are co-teachers in the Mindfulness Teacher Training Course (MTTC).
WANDERING WILD, DARTMOOR, DEVON
Wandering Wild on Dartmoor, Devon, UK with Henriette Lofstrom.
Join the 4th season of this stunning 3-day journey on foot, wild camping through Dartmoor National Park in Devon, England. All essentials provided, vegetarian organic food, private comfortable tents, small groups of max. 7 people. We walk in silence, have time to journal writing, for guided meditations, and walk in a moderate tempo with breaks every 45 min.
Teachers, managers, directors of centres, organisers and staff connected with our programmes, residential and Zoom, offer a service. This principle applies before the programme we offer, during the event and after. A small team of people often give support to a large group. If you feel concern on any matter with any of our responses to you, before, during or after an event, please email us. Where and when? What was written? What was said? What happened? A manager or teacher will address your concern and get back to you or you can contact the centre. Do join one or more of our programmes.