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SCHEDULE OF TALKS/ COURSES
(Piya Tan's Talk)
YEAR 2012

Health is the highest gain, especially mental health.

For a healthy mind in a healthy body, early Buddhism has a lot to teach us.


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JANUARY - FEBRUARY PROGRAMMES

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(1) PRACTICAL BUDDHIST COUNSELLING (Non-religious/for beginners)
Buddhist counselling continues where clinical counselling ends. It is a life-long skill, self-help and people helping skill. We have a healing "heart of light and love" inside us, which helps us to touch and heal our problems and those of others at their roots.
Intake 10: Feb 4, 11, 18, 25 (Sat; 7.00 - 9.00 pm)
Fees: $140 with coursebook
For registration & details:http://themindingcentre.org/wp/practical-buddhist-counselling-course-forthcoming/

(2) BEGINNERS' MEDITATION COURSE (Non-religious)
Small-group sessions (5-15 people)
BENEFITS OF MEDITATION:
  • * Relax & de-stress
  • * Deep rest & improve sleep quality
  • * Increase attention span
  • * Get well faster
  • * Be happy and age healthily.
    Beginners' Meditation
    Intake 71: Jan 7, 14, 28 (Sat; 7.00 - 9.00 pm)
    Intake 72: Feb 10, 17, 24 (Fri; 7.30 - 9.30 pm)
    Intake 73: Mar 3, 10, 17 (Sat; 7.00 - 9.00 pm)
    For registration & details: http://themindingcentre.org/wp/beginners-meditation-course/

    (3) MEDITATION & THE MIND (Non-religious)
    Recommended as foundation for practice for those who have learned meditation or plan to take up meditation.
    Intake 6: Mar 9, 16, 23, 30 (Fri; 7.30 - 9.30 pm)
    Course highlights:
  • The 3 brains; scientific study of meditation;
  • Psychology of meditation; mind-body theory;
  • The Mind is more than the brain;
  • Self-watching; self-healing;
  • Meditation methods; guided practice sessions
    For registration & details: http://themindingcentre.org/wp/meditation-and-the-mind-forthcoming/

    4) INTERMEDIATE MEDITATION COURSE (A follow-up from Beginners' Meditation)
    Intake 18: Jan 6 & 13 (Fri; 7.30 - 9.30 pm)
    For registration & details: http://themindingcentre.org/wp/intermediate-meditation-course/

    (5) MEDITATION FOR THE YOUNG (7-13 yrs)
    Date: Feb 2 & 9 (Thu; 8.00 - 9.00 pm)
    For registration & details: http://themindingcentre.org/wp/meditation-for-the-young-7-13/

    (6) BASIC BUDDHISM COURSE (Non-religious)
    How Buddhism arise? Being good, without being religious. Self-healing & mental health. The three trainings: healthy society & individual for spiritual liberation.
    Dates: Jan 5, 12, 19 & 26 (Thu; 7.30 - 9.00 pm)
    Fees: by donation.
    For registration & details: http://dharmafarer.org/wordpress/courses-meditation-therapy-counselling-etc

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    MARCH - JUNE PROGRAMMES

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    (1) MEDITATION & THE MIND (Non-religious)
    Recommended as foundation for practice for those who have learned meditation or plan to take up meditation.
    Intake 6: Mar 9, 16, 23, 30 (Fri; 7.30 - 9.30 pm)
    Course instructor: Piya Tan
    Fees: $120 (incl course book)

    Course contents:
  • The 3 brains; scientific study of meditation;
  • Psychology of meditation; mind-body theory; feeling & emotions;
  • Mental phenomena: the mind during meditation; the Mind is more than the brain;
  • Mindfulness in daily life; present moment awareness; focusses of mindfulness;
  • Effective attention & environment; reality, virtual & real;
  • Self-watching; self-healing; how the brain heal itself;
  • Meditation methods; guided practice sessions.
    For registration & details: http://themindingcentre.org/wp/meditation-and-the-mind-forthcoming/

    (2) BEGINNERS' MEDITATION COURSE (Non-religious)
    Small-group sessions (5-15 people)
    Benefits of meditation:
  • * Relax & de-stress
  • * Deep rest & improve sleep quality
  • * Increase attention span
  • * Get well faster
  • * Be happy and age healthily
  • * Emotional resilience
  • * Inner peace & self-healing

    Beginners' Meditation
    Intake 73: Mar 17, 20, 27 (Sat; 7.00 - 9.00 pm)
    Intake 74: Apr 14, 21, 28 (Sat; 7.00 - 9.00 pm)
    Intake 75: May 11, 18, 25 (Fri; 7.30 - 9.30 pm)
    Intake 76: Jun 8, 15, 22 (Fri; 7.30 - 9.30 pm)
    Course fee: $90 per intake
    Course instructor: Piya Tan
    For registration & course details: http://themindingcentre.org/wp/beginners-meditation-course/
    For meditation benefits & researched papers: http://themindingcentre.org/wp/

    (3) INTERMEDIATE MEDITATION (non-religious)
    A follow-up to the Beginners' Meditation Course
    Intake 18: Apr 13 & 20 (Fri; 7.30 - 9.30 pm)
    Course fees: $90 (incl Guidebook)
    Instructor: Piya Tan
    For registration & course details: http://themindingcentre.org/wp/intermediate-meditation-course/

    (4) MEDITATION FOR THE YOUNG (non-religious; for 7-13 years)
    March intake: 10 & 17 Mar (Sat; 11 am 12 pm)
    Course fee: $70.00 (per intake)
    Course instructor: Ratna Lim
    For registration & details: http://themindingcentre.org/wp/meditation-for-the-young-7-13/


    (5) BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY COURSE
    Mind, consciousness, emotional resilience & wellness
    (A non-religious exploration with Piya Tan)

    "I enjoy teaching Buddhist Psychology most"
    (Piya Tan)

    Course summary:
  • Healing yourself (How problems arise and the best way to end them)
  • The conscious body (The nature of body and mind)
  • The unconscious (Are we really in control of ourselves?)
  • Minding the mind (How meditation helps)
  • The art of loving (A psychology of emotions and communication)
  • Brain or mind? (Is the mind in the brain or much bigger than it?)
  • Don't believe everything you think (How problems are self-created and self-solved)
  • Non-judgement day is here (The power of meditation)
  • The still eye of the storm (How to calm and clear the mind)
  • Ancient wisdom, modern science (A brief survey of Buddhist psychology as used in modern science today).
    Intake 13 (BP13): Jun 2, 9, 16, 23 (Sat)
    Fees: $160.00 (with 2 course books)
    Time: 7.00 - 9.00 pm
    For registration & details: http://themindingcentre.org/wp/buddhist-psychology-course/

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    JUNE - AUGUST PROGRAMMES

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    (1) BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY COURSE
    The mind, consciousness & well-being. A non-religious exploration with Piya Tan
    Intake 13: 9, 16, 23, 30 Jun 2012 (Sat; 7.00 - 9.00 pm)
    Fees: $160 with course books
    For registration & details: http://themindingcentre.org/wp/buddhist-psychology-course/

    Buddhist Psychology course summary:
    Healing yourself: how the mind creates problems: 2 kinds of pain; perception.
    The conscious body: Mind-body interbeing (the 5 aggregates & mental networking)
    The unconscious: Are we really in control, or How can our mind work for us?
    Minding the mind: Mental distractions and the nature of the attention; consciousness.
    The art of loving: Negative emotions & healing emotions; type of love.
    The brain or the mind? Neuroplasticity: how the mind grows the brain; do we need the brain?
    Don't believe everything you think: Mental defences and emotional resilience.
    Non-judgement day is here: Mindfulness in daily life: meditation on the move.
    The still eye of the storm: The brain during meditation; cultivating a still centre.
    Ancient wisdom, modern science: Scientific development in Buddhist Psychology.

    (2) PSYCHOLOGY OF DEATH & LIVING (non-religious)
    Strategies for a happy life.
    Intake 10: 6,13, 20, 27 Jul 2012 (Fri; 7.30 - 9.30 pm)
    Instructor: Piya Tan
    Course fees: $120 (incl course book)
    For registration & details: http://themindingcentre.org/wp/psychology-of-death-living-forthcoming/


    Psychology of Death & Living Course contents:
    "The Last Breath": The last moments of a death row inmate.
    The last 48 hours of life; The four tasks of grief.
    Understand what life really is; Dealing with fear and mental pain
    What happens when we die? Have we lived before, will we live again?
    How we create our own world; Can we communicate with the dead?
    How to "transfer" merit to the dead; The 12 links of life, death, and rebirth Is rebirth immediate or takes 49 days? Good life, good death, good rebirth
    Gods, demons and ghosts: do they exist?
    How not to fear death and dying; The Tibetan Book of the Dead

    (3) BEGINNERS' MEDITATION COURSE (Non-religious) Small-group sessions (5-15 people)
    BENEFITS OF MEDITATION:
  • * Relax & de-stress
  • * Deep rest & improve sleep quality
  • * Increase attention span
  • * Get well faster
  • * Be happy and age healthily
  • * Emotional resilience

    Beginners' Meditation
    Intake 76: Jun 8, 15, 22 (Fri; 7.30 - 9.30 pm)
    Intake 77: Jul 14, 21, 28 (Sat; 7.00 - 9.00 pm)
    Intake 78: Aug 4, 11, 25 (Sat; 7.00 - 9.00 pm)
    For registration & course details: http://themindingcentre.org/wp/beginners-meditation-course/

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    AUGUST- SEPTEMBER PROGRAMMES

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    (1) BASIC PRACTICAL BUDDHIST COUNSELLING (Non-religious)
  • Why Buddhist counselling?
  • Focuses on positive self-help
  • No need to tell problems to others
  • No medication or expensive therapy
  • Goes down to the root of the problem
  • Focuses on emotional resilience
  • A history of well known case studies
  • Based on 2500 years of practical wisdom
  • Basic Practical Buddhist Counselling
    Intake 11: Aug 10, 17, 24, 31 (Fri)
    Time: 7.30 - 9.30 pm
    Instructor: Piya Tan
    Course fees: $140 (incl course book)
    For registration & details: http://themindingcentre.org/wp/practical-buddhist-counselling-course-forthcoming/

    (2) BEGINNERS' MEDITATION COURSE (Non-religious)
    Small-group sessions (5-15 people) BENEFITS OF MEDITATION:
  • * Relax & de-stress
  • * Deep rest & improve sleep quality
  • * Increase attention span
  • * Get well faster
  • * Be happy and age healthily
  • * Emotional resilience Beginners' Meditation
    Intake 78: Aug 4, 11, 25 (Sat; 7.00 - 9.00 pm)
    Intake 79: Sep 14, 21, 28 (Fri; 7.30 - 9.30 pm)
    Course fee: $ 90.00 (per intake)
    For registration & course details: http://themindingcentre.org/wp/beginners-meditation-course/

    (3) SATIPATTHANA VIPASSANA (Non-religious)
  • Meditation on body, feelings, mind and reality
  • Calm and insight for head and heart
    Intake 7: Sep 8, 15, 22, 29
    Time: 7.00 - 9.00 pm (Sat)
    Course fees: $120 (incl coursebook)
    Course contents:
  • Body-based meditations: the breath as the door to true peace
  • Feeling-based meditation: overcoming negative emotions
  • Mind-based meditation: the nature of mental hindrances
  • The three brains: how satipatthana relates to our whole being
  • Calming the body & healing the heart: thinking & feeling T
  • he mind can heal itself; it is more than the brain
  • Mindfulness in daily life; present moment awareness
  • Effective attention & environment; reality: virtual & real
  • Meditation dangers: identifying and preventing them
  • Practical methods; guided practice sessions.
    For registration & course details: http://themindingcentre.org/wp/meditation-and-the-mind-forthcoming/

    (4) EASY PALI COURSE (ESP)
    Drop-in class, the more committed you are, the easier it becomes Learn the language of early Buddhism to touch the Dharma directly
    Dates: 16 & 30 Aug; 13 & 27 Sep
    Time: 7.30 9.00 pm (fortnightly Thu)
    Course fees: By donation (with course notes); registration required
    For registration and course details: http://themindingcentre.org/wp/pali-workshop-new/

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    OCTOBER - DECEMBER PROGRAMMES

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    (1) BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY (A non-religious exploration with Piya Tan)
    The mind, consciousness & well-being
    Intake 14: 6, 13, 20, 27 Oct (Sat; 7.00 -9.00 pm)
    Course summary:
  • Healing yourself: how the mind creates problems; 2 kinds of pain; perception
  • The conscious body: mind-body interbeing (the 5 aggregates & mental networking)
  • The unconscious: are we really in control, or how can our mind work for us?
  • The art of loving: negative emotions & healing emotions; types of love
  • Brain or mind? Neuroplasticity: how the mind grows the brain; do we need the brain?
  • Don't believe everything you think: mental defences & emotional resilience
  • Non-judgemental day is here: mindfulness in daily life; meditation on the move
    For details & registration: http://themindingcentre.org/wp/buddhist-psychology-course/

    (2) PSYCHOLOGY OF DEATH & LIVING
    Strategies for a happy life
    Intake 11: 9, 16, 23, 30 Nov (Fri; 7.30 -9.30 pm)
    Course summary:
  • "The Last Breath" the last moments of a death row inmate
  • The last 48 hours of life
  • Dealing with loss of a loved one
  • Dealing with fear and mental pain
  • What happens when we die?
  • Can we communicate with the dead?
  • How to "transfer" merit to the dead
  • Is rebirth immediate or takes 49 days?
  • Gods, demons and ghosts: do they exist?
  • The Tibetan Book of the Dead
    For details & registration: http://themindingcentre.org/wp/psychology-of-death-living-forthcoming/

    (3) BEGINNERS' MEDITATION COURSE (Non-religious)
    Small-group sessions (5-15 people)
    Intake 80: Oct 5, 12, 19 (Fri; 7.30 - 9.30 pm)
    Intake 81: Nov 10, 17, 24 (Sat; 7.00 - 9.00 pm)
    Intake 82: Dec 1, 8, 15 (Sat; 7.00 - 9.00 pm)

    BENEFITS OF MEDITATION:
  • * Relax & de-stress
  • * Deep rest & improve sleep quality
  • * Increase attention span
  • * Get well faster
  • * Emotional resilience
    For details & registration: http://themindingcentre.org/wp/buddhist-meditation-non-religious/beginners-meditation-course/

    (3) INTERMEDIATE MEDITATION COURSE (Non-religious)
    A follow-up of the Beginners' Meditation
    Intake 19: 7 & 14 Dec (Fri; 7.30 - 9.30 pm)
    For details & registration: http://themindingcentre.org/wp/buddhist-meditation-non-religious/intermediate-meditation-course/


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