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A.W.A.R.E THE PATH TO AWARENESS

An 8-week course to build a complete understanding of how to build AWARENESS and the unique A.W.A.R.E practice. You will be offered a toolbox of daily awareness practices, as well as therapeutic methods for distress management, emotional regulation, and how to bring solutions to help navigate during turbulent times.

WHAT IS AWARENESS AND ITS BENEFITS?

Awareness is about sustaining a moment-by-moment focus of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and the surrounding environment. This is achieved by paying attention to whatever is occurring in the present moment in a compassionate and supportive way. Not trying to add or take anything away, just experiencing whatever is happening, be it good or not so good.  The A.W.A.R.E practice is what you do once you are in the present moment. It has been specially devised for this course by the facilitator.

It is impossible to remain fully aware 24/7, so we need to learn skills that allow us to keep returning to the here and now. This course will give you those skills. Each week you will learn new practices to add to your awareness toolbox, such as helping you deal with strong emotions, pain, forgiveness, thoughts, and much more. You will also learn meditations and short practices that you can use anywhere, anytime. Some of the benefits of being fully aware are:

*Reduces worry, stress, and anxiety

*Helps you be less reactive and more responsive

*Improves emotional and psychological health

*Helps build focus and better concentration

*Improves our relationships and leaves us more fulfilled

I WOULD LOVE TO TEACH YOU HOW TO BE MORE A.W.A.R.E

I am a Buddhist Monk from England. I teach Mindfulness, Buddhist philosophy, meditation, and Sound Therapy in many countries around the world. I am a Monk in the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. I took my ordination vows from H.E. Tai Situ Rinpoche in Sherabling Monastery, Northern India and studied with H.H. Dalai Lama. As of September 2021, my podcasts have been listened to over three million times, blogs have been read over 850,000 times and guided meditations have been practiced over one million times. I have also travelled extensively across Canada, India, Bhutan, Nepal and UK teaching Meditation, Buddhist Philosophy, and mindfulness in schools to administrators, teachers, students and parents. I wish to sincerely help as many people as possible through my teachings, meditation, mindfulness, and emotional counselling sessions.

~Yeshe Rabgye

Kamal Malhi is the founder of Bodhicitta Centre For Mindful Awareness, Chandigarh, India, and is a certified teacher of mindfulness based meditation techniques for the past 25 years. She is an experienced instructor in mindfulness-based therapy (MBSR, MBCT, MBRP) which is combined uniquely with for CBT, DBT, REBT techniques for trauma recovery, de- addiction and family counselling. Kamal conducts courses and retreats, online training and is a visiting guest lecturer at the Panjab University, Chandigarh India.

THE COURSE OUTLINE

ESTABLISHING AN A.W.A.R.E DAILY PRACTICE

This session introduces you to what awareness and A.W.A.R.E are, how they work and the benefits. You will learn how to establish a daily Breathing Awareness practice. It will also familiarise you with how to do a daily reflection practice.

ENGAGING WITH OUR BODIES

The Triangle of Awareness has three parts, this session covers our bodies. We spend so much time in our heads these days we tend to forget about our bodies. This session will put you back in touch with your body. It will also introduce you to a meditation practice to help down-size pain.

LEARNING TO LET YOUR THOUGHTS GO

The second part of the Triangle of Awareness covers thoughts. Thoughts can lead us into great discoveries but can also take us down negative pathways. This session explains the power of thought and how you can mindfully let them go. It also explains how to communicate with full awareness.

FACING YOUR EMOTIONS

The third part of the Triangle of Awareness covers emotions. You will learn how to acknowledge, accept, and help yourself through your troubling emotions by doing a simple six steps practice. 

CULTIVATING COMPASSION

This session shows us how to cultivate compassion for ourselves and others. When we think of compassion we tend to think of others, but self-compassion is essential if we want to have compassion for others. You will learn how to foster self-compassion and then how we can use that compassion for the well-being of others.

COPING WITH ANXIETY

Stress, worry, tension and anxiety cause us a lot of problems these days. In this session, you will learn how to cope with them by doing various practices. You will be trained in how to acknowledge that you have this moment of anxiety, how to accept, and then investigate the cause so you can find a way to help yourself through it. You will also learn how to deal with anger.

HOW TO FIND FORGIVENESS

People tend to see forgiveness as a weakness, but it is actually a strength. You will learn that forgiveness is for you and not for the person who wronged you. You will be taught a practice to help forgive yourself and others. You will also have an opportunity to look back over the course.

EXPERIENCE GRATITUDE

Gratitude is the single most powerful source of inspiration that any person can tap into if they just stop and pay attention to the simplistic beauty and miracle of life. It’s truly an underrated emotion, but it can change your life. When you’re filled with gratitude, your entire mindset and outlook change.

TESTIMONIALS

An excellent course taught by Lamaji and Kamalji – the weeks have gone by too soon. The lessons learned will stay with me for a lifetime. I am most grateful for the simple truths taught in Buddhism that can jumpstart one’s spiritual journey. My thanks to fellow participants for making these weeks so pleasurable and always asking the right questions. I am much better at sitting silently and meditating now than I was at the start of this course.

~Swetha

It changed my perspective of meditation. The visual meditations resonated with me the most. The entire course flow is so thought out and well planned it is holistic. I am extremely thankful for being a part of this course which is a life practice. My deep gratitude to Lamaji and kamal.

~Dr Anupama Mankotia

I have followed Lamaji for years through his books, podcasts and social media posts. I had signed up to do a retreat in Bhutan with him in March 2019, but then the pandemic hit, so I was so happy to be able to participate virtually in this 8 week course. It came at exactly the right time for me to examine my relationship with my thoughts and emotions, and to develop mindfulness exercises and meditation techniques that have helped me to learn more about myself and others. The understanding of our emotions and thoughts has been especially insightful Thank you to Lamaji and Kamalji for facilitating an outstanding course.

~Sonia

The contents of this course, the wisdom and the teachings of Lama Yeshe and Kamal are the best gifts I have ever received. I find A.W.A.R.E. such a wonderfully practical and simple metacognitive framework, which I can now access whenever I need it. Lama and Kamal always made themselves available for questions and guidance, and I felt very supported throughout the course and during my practice. In addition to the main teaching sessions on Saturday, I feel I really benefited from the weekly practice sessions, they were such great applications of the Saturday’s teachings. I understand that the 8 weeks course is just a beginning of my journey, but I do have to say that I am already noticing some important changes in how I approach and treat myself and others. This course was like Lama Yeshe and Kamal gave me a map to a peaceful me – now I need to walk the path on that map – daily. I am so deeply grateful to both of you.

~Martina

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Places are limited, so don’t deal – register now!

The course is conducted over an eight-week period with two master classes, lasting one hour each, and two practice sessions, lasting 30 minutes, each week.

The cost of the course, which consists of 8 weeks of 2 x one-hour live teaching sessions with Lama Yeshe on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and 8 weeks of 30-minute practice sessions on Mondays and Tuesdays with Kamal Malhi, is only $120 

The course is divided into two parts:

Part One – The Path to Fundamental Awareness 

9th March till 2nd April

Part Two – The Path to Emotional Awareness

13th April till 7th May

The live master classes are Wednesday at 7.30 a.m. and Saturday at 7.30 p.m. IST (click here to find your local time)

Practice sessions are on Monday and Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. IST 

All sessions will be recorded and sent to you.

At the end of the course all participants will be awarded a certificate of participation. 

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FAQ’S

HOW MUCH TIME WILL I NEED TO DEVOTE TO THE COURSE?

The course duration is for 8 weeks with a 2 x one hour class held once a week. In addition to the 14-hour teaching, you are required to practice daily for 15 -20 mins twice a day at least, or a total of 30 -45 mins in a day. This may be the most difficult hurdle you face in getting started because finding additional time separate from daily chores may be a challenge. However, previous participants tell us that they experience more space and time, even in the middle of a busy day.

WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF PRACTICE?

This course is highly experiential, and the daily practice is perhaps the most important component of the course. Bringing awareness to our lives takes practice, and like any ability that involves the harmony of body and mind, it needs regular training and exercise to hone the skill. It takes time and practice to use awareness in daily life effectively, for which practice and reflection are important.

WHAT WILL I LEARN FROM THE COURSE?

  • Guided mindful meditation
  • Breathing awareness techniques
  • An exploration of the effects of stress on the body and mind
  • Learning tools for applying awareness in everyday life
  • Opportunities to discuss what has been experienced in the class and in home practice
  • And much more

WILL I MEDITATE OUTSIDE THE COURSE?

Yes, participants are asked to meditate or reflect 30 minutes or more six days per week. You will be given guided meditations for this purpose. Participants will also be given “informal meditation” exercises that will assist in integrating mindfulness in everyday life.

WHY IS THE COURSE DURATION 8 WEEKS?

This 8-week AWARE Course is based on a systematic training in awareness with a focus on training and experience. Each module has been designed to lead to the next using both analytical and practical skills. The instructions and guidance given weekly to participants must be built upon gradually through daily self-practice, reading, guided meditation and reflection for at least 6 days per session.

DOES IT HAVE ANY NEGATIVE SIDE EFFECTS?

It can. Awareness practices often increase clarity and depth of emotions, especially those that have been lingering beneath the surface of consciousness. This can sometimes lead to an increase in certain types of distress. This effect appears to be most common in those who have experienced traumatic stress. Please inform the course facilitators if you have any concerns.

I SUFFER FROM ANXIETY; CAN I DO THIS COURSE?

Yes, meditation and awareness interventions have been shown to alleviate symptoms of anxiety for many individuals. The regular practice with weekly guidance allows teaches us how to respond to stress with awareness of what is happening in the present moment, rather than simply acting instinctively, unaware of what emotions or motives may be driving that decision. By teaching awareness for one’s physical and mental state in the moment, mindfulness allows for more adaptive reactions to difficult situations.

I AM NOT STRESSED/IN PAIN/ HAVE A CHRONIC DISEASE, BUT WOULD LIKE TO LEARN MEDITATION, SHOULD I DO THIS COURSE?

Absolutely. You do not need to have a chronic condition to benefit from this practice. Anyone who would like to learn meditation or practice awareness skills is welcome.

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