Meditation & Compassion Courses

by Kimberly Poppe, 23-Aug-2017

Beginning again in September, Kimberly Poppe will offer a series of courses exploring meditation and compassion practices. 

They will be intimate in size (max 10 people per course) so there will be lots of opportunity for personal attention.

Included as part of your regular subscription, each one of these courses will run for four (or in some cases five) weeks.  The course includes:

— The actual weekly class offering an opportunity to learn new aspects of the meditation or compassion practice, time to practice together as a group, as well as space to share experiences and ask questions. 
— A suggested practice program for the week in-between the classes (only around 10 minutes a day) including access to guided meditations on audio, in collaboration with Bodhi, as well as advice for integrating the practice into your daily life.


Previous students have found that the interaction and connections they make with their fellow meditators in the courses is incredibly rich, and also that having a practice focus for the week helps bring the benefits of the practice into their everyday experience, including their other yoga classes!


MEDITATION

These courses would ideally be taken in sequence, one after the other. 


Meditation: The Fundamentals (beginners/all levels)

This course will establish all the fundamentals needed to give you the confidence to practice meditation. It will explore both mindfulness and awareness, using the breath as a support to help settle the mind, as well as exploring just allowing yourself to be, to rest, just as you are.

Thursdays 6:00 - 7:15 pm
From 14, 21, 28, September to 5 October



Meditation: Exploring the Senses (all levels)

This course will explore using the senses (primarily sound, sight and physical sensations) as a support for meditation. This practice helps to integrate the mindfulness, awareness and spaciousness of meditation into all situations in everyday life. It is helpful if students have had some previous grounding in meditation (focusing on the breath for example) as a basis for this course.

Thursdays 6:00 - 7:15 pm
From 12, 19, 26 October to 2 November



Meditation: Exploring Thoughts & Emotions (experienced)

This course will explore developing a different relationship with our thoughts and emotions, to be able to make friends them and use them to our advantage, instead of being used by them. It is helpful if students have had previous experience in meditation, preferably taking the two previous courses, The Fundamentals and Exploring the Senses.

Thursdays 6:00 - 7:15 pm
From 9, 16, 23 to 30 November


 

LOVING KINDNESS & COMPASSION

These courses would ideally be taken in sequence, one after the other. 


Loving Kindness (all levels)

This course will explore gently cultivating loving-kindness towards oneself and others.  The intention of this practice is to send well-being and happiness to oneself and the world around us. It is a wonderful way to begin to plant the seeds of love within that will also impact our way of being in our lives. For those who have already taken a loving kindness class with Kimberly, this course will also include some new and different elements, such as spending time to develop your own personal loving kindness phrases. It is helpful if students have had some previous grounding in meditation as a basis for this course.

Thursdays 7:30 - 8:45 pm
From 14, 21, 28, September to 5 October

 


Compassion (experienced)

In this five-week course, we will explore what compassion really is and how we can begin to cultivate it both for ourselves and others. Kimberly will include both the authentic Buddhist teachings on compassion as well as modern research and developments, particularly in the area of self-compassion.  It is helpful if students have had some previous grounding in meditation and loving kindness practice as a basis for this course.

Thursdays 7:30-8:45 pm
From 12, 19, 26 October to 2 & 9 November



Love, Compassion, Joy & Equanimity (experienced)

In this five-week course, we will begin to explore what are traditionally known in the Buddhist teachings as The Four Immeasurables (Brahmavihāras). We will spend a full week focusing on each one of these qualities, discovering how we can cultivate and bring more love, compassion, joy & equanimity into our lives.  It is helpful if students have had some previous grounding in meditation and loving kindness practice as a basis for this course.

Thursdays 7:30-8:45 pm
From 16, 23, 30 November to 7 & 14 December

About Kimberly Poppe

Kimberly has been immersed in Buddhist study and practice for the last 20 years. She has received personal instruction and training from some of the greatest Tibetan teachers of our time who authorised her to teach. In addition, she has also studied with some of the leading scientists, pioneers and teachers of mindfulness, loving kindness and self-compassion in the West.