Newcomers’ Courses

Newcomers’ Course

Sorry but owing to the Coronavirus outbreak

this course has been postponed until a later date.

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Wednesday 15th April for six weeks

from 7.00 to 9.15 pm

At the Quaker Centre, Friargate, York YO1 9RL


Ask yourself a question: are you happy?

Not just some of the time, but all the time? Every minute of every day?

That would be nice, wouldn’t it?  But, whoever we are, our lives generally go up and down. There are good times, painful times and quite a lot of grey bits in between. The Buddha called these ups and downs The Worldly Winds. And he said that they blow constantly, regardless of how we try to stop them – and they cause us heartache, suffering and unhappiness.

But The Buddha knew how to stay happy, however hard these Winds might blow and, in this six-week course we’ll take you on a journey to uncover the secret to a life that’s full of contentment, no matter what happens.

Free 68 page Course Guide and Workbook

We’ll be looking at practical ways to cultivate true peace, so that you can be happier, kinder and more joyful – even in a world that is often challenging and difficult to navigate. You’ll also learn two meditation practices – one to cultivate a calmer mind and another to help you become kinder – both to other people and, importantly, to yourself as well. And through workshops, talks and discussions we’ll see how the Buddha’s insights can give us a clearer understanding of our lives and how, by developing natural ethics, we can engage with the world more positively. Everyone over 18 is welcome.

Everyone gets a 72 page Guide and Workbook when they come on the first evening. This book is in itself a great introduction to Buddhism and is free of charge.

Registration fee: £10 (non-returnable).  N.B. There is no specific charge for classes but we ask you to make a small donation of £5-£10 per week towards room hire if you can. 

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