An explanation of events listed on our calendar
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This stands for ‘General Programme’. It lasts an hour an a half, and is a drop-in class that consists of two guided meditations, and a simple Buddhist teaching on how to develop and maintain peaceful states of mind (each week is on a slightly different topic). More info: http://meditationinliverpool.org.uk/general-programme-classes-gp/ and http://meditationinliverpool.org.uk/classes-in-liverpool/ (Note that we hold these classes across the region.)
These classes are £5 per class.
This stands for Foundation Programme, which is a more advanced class than GP. It involves more prayers and commitments and goes into more depth on a particular text. More info: http://meditationinliverpool.org.uk/foundation-programme-classes/
The class fee is £30 per month, which entitles you to attend all the classes and courses at KMC Liverpool and its branches.
This practice takes about 40 minutes and consists of certain prayers and requests. If the event says ‘Heart Jewel LM’ then there will also be about 15 minutes for a (Lamrim) meditation during the session. (If an event says ‘../Lamrim’ then the same applies.) You can find out more about Heart Jewel here: http://kadampa.org/buddhism/daily-puja-heart-jewel
Heart Jewel is free to attend.
This is a longer version of the Heart Jewel practice and takes about an hour. If it says ‘w/tsog’, then this means that the practice will also involve making special offerings, especially food offerings, and afterwards we will share this in a ‘tsog party’. More info: http://tharpa.com/us/wishfulfilling-jewel-booklet-604.html
Wishfulling Jewel is free to attend.
An even longer set of prayers than Heart Jewel or WFJ. This one lasts about three and a quarter hours! More info: http://tharpa.com/uk/melodious-drum-booklet.html
Melodius drum is free to attend.
A special day (the 10th and 25th of each month when we engage in ‘OSG’, which stands for ‘Offering to the Spritual Guide’. This lasts about an hour and a half and consists of special prayers and requests, and the tsog offering. More info: http://kadampa.org/buddhism/offering-to-the-spiritual-guide
Tsog days are free to attend.
This practice is a mix of prayers and meditations, and it is only for those who have received a Highest Yoga Tantra empowerment. It lasts about 1 hr 40 mins. More info: http://tharpa.com/uk/quick-path-to-great-bliss-booklet.html
Quick Path is free to attend. Only for those who have a HYT empowerment.
These are special commitments we can take just for the day that put restrictions on our actions of body, speech, and mind, to keep them pure. The practice at the beginning of the day lasts about half an hour and consists of more formally taking these precepts. More info: http://kadampa.org/buddhism/taking-precepts.
Precepts are free to attend.
This is a special practice for ordained people only (monks and nuns).