In recent years our knowledge of modern technology has increased considerably, and as a result we have witnessed remarkable material progress, but there has not been a corresponding increase in human happiness. There is no less suffering in the world today, and there are no fewer problems. When things go wrong in our life and we encounter difficult situations, we tend to regard the situation itself as our problem, but in reality whatever problems we experience come from the side of the mind. If we were to respond to difficult situations with a positive or peaceful mind they would not be problems for us; indeed, we may even come to regard them as opportunities for growth and development.
These classes explore Buddhist teachings that help us to develop and experience a deep inner peace by learning to control our mind so that we can remain happy whatever is happening in our life. The classes are presented in a way that is suitable for our modern world. Each week will focus on a different aspect of Buddhist teachings and show how the teaching can lead to deeper and deeper levels of happiness. The teachings in this class are based on the book Modern Buddhism, which is the perfect companion for those attending the classes. Each week is self-contained with a different topic being taught each week. The class contains two guided meditations, brief chanted prayers, a talk and practical advice on how to carry the instruction into our daily life.