Author name: Christopher

Christopher Titmuss, a former Buddhist monk in Thailand and India, teaches Awakening and Insight Meditation around the world. He is the founder and director of the Dharma Facilitators Programme and the Living Dharma programme, an online mentor programme for Dharma practitioners. He gives retreats, participates in pilgrimages (yatras) and leads Dharma gatherings. Christopher has been teaching annual retreats in Bodh Gaya, India since 1975 and leads an annual Dharma Gathering in Sarnath since 1999. A senior Dharma teacher in the West, he is the author of numerous books including Light on Enlightenment, An Awakened Life and Transforming Our Terror. A campaigner for peace and other global issues, Christopher is a member of the international advisory council of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. . Poet and writer, he is the co-founder of Gaia House, an international retreat centre in Devon, England. He lives in Totnes, Devon, England.

The Buddha’s Guide to Happiness. An adapted talk.

Sunday 1 October 2023, Wise Lotus Centre, Herts, UK
An edited and adapted talk during a daylong non-residential retreat.

We have a theme for the day. The Buddha’s Guide to Happiness.

50 Quirky Text Messages from a Grandfather to his Granddaughter living in the Loft in Totnes, Devon, England.

Quirky means eccentric, odd, whacky, unpredictable. Texts for a teenager, 15, living with her grandfather….

Buddha’s Guide to Happiness. Day Retreat. Sunday 1 October 2023. Letchworth, Herts, UK

It only takes 26 minutes on the train from Kings Cross station, London to Letchworth Garden City. Then a five minute walk to the centre. 10 am to 3pm

We find it all too easy to dwell addictively on the problems of daily life – personal, social and global. These problems can really get us feeling low.

Our mind becomes so busy with daily life. bored or lonely that we forget all about our potential to experience happiness.

Then we sincerely believe that first I have to resolve all my stress, worries and anxieties and after that I can be happy. That’s a myth, a personal and social myth.

Between 10 am and 3 pm, we will explore happiness through guided meditations, reflections, sharing, small groups and short talks on the theme.

We will see there are numerous kinds of happiness.

Time to time I will draw from the teachings of Buddha

The Buddha offered much wise advice about knowing happiness.

Dukkha (Pali, word for suffering in the language of the Buddha) does not have the inherent power to stop sukkha (happiness) breaking through.

Upliftment of the human spirit reveals the power of transcendence.

We will explore the joys that keep our spirit alive.

We will reflect on examples in our life of the experience of upliftment in the face of apparent adversity.

The development of happiness and its nourishment contributes to putting our dukkha into a proper perspective making it easier to transform.

Do join. It is my wish that you leave the Wise Lotus Centre at 3 pm knowing that you are never far way from happiness and joy.

Registration payment goes directly to support the monthly running costs of the Centre.

Here is the registration link to join our Guide to Happiness.

A former Buddhist monk, Christopher Titmuss, a senior Dharma teacher in the West, offers retreats, leads Zoom meetings and supports social/global change. His teachings focus on ethics, insight meditation (vipassana), the expansive heart and inquiry into emptiness/liberation. Poet, photographer, blogger and social critic, he is the author of 22 books. He is the founder of the Mindfulness Teacher Training Course. Christopher lives in Totnes, Devon, England.

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