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From Mindfulness To Insight (online)

Teacher: Rob Nairn
Cost: Donation to support the BRC during the COVID-19 lockdown
Dates: Friday 04 September 2020 - Sunday 06 September 2020

rob nairnMindfulness is the fundamental component of all forms of mind-training, and can be mastered by anyone who is prepared to put in a little effort. The main aspect is learning to bring the mind knowingly into the moment, allowing thoughts to appear and pass without interference, and becoming the impartial witness of the tendency to engage, without compulsively following through on it.

We learn to be present, respond with compassion and see deeply into our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Because the training is quite demanding, beginners find it helpful to have guided sessions until they establish enough confidence to continue by themselves.


4 Sept: 30 minutes | 6:00-6:30pm - Introduction Register
5 and 6 Sept: 1 hour | 10:45-11:45am Register

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Rob Nairn is one of the pioneers in presenting meditation training in a way that is accessible to the Western mind. The Dalai Lama asked him to teach meditation over fifty years ago. Rob has developed a unique experiential and evidence-based training in mindfulness, and established masterclasses (MSc) at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland in association with the Mindfulness Association, UK, founded on his work. He is author of several books on meditation and Buddhism, the latest by Shambhala Publications USA titled From Mindfulness to Insight.

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