Join us to hear the authors share extracts and practices from their forthcoming book: From Mindfulness to Insight (Shambala,2019) by Rob Nairn, Choden and Heather Regan-Addis
There are book signing events at Scarborough and London on both a Friday evening and Saturday daytime. At Scarborough, Rob Nairn and Heather Regan-Addis will highlight some of the key principles and practices from the forthcoming book and Choden will join Rob Nairn at the London events, please see more information below:
Recognising What Was Previously Unseen
While Mindfulness is about knowing what is happening while it is happening, Insight is about recognising what is happening while it is happening. There is a big difference between these two modes of awareness. It is important first to know what is happening, but recognition holds the potential for becoming free. It entails looking deeply into the hidden mechanisms that drive our thinking and behaviour and which rule our lives. Rob describes these as ‘subliminal reflexes’. He will explore various stages or recognition through which we come to see these reflexes and begin to free ourselves from their grip. He describes this process as ‘the seeing is the doing’. Once we see them they lose their power and the very act of seeing frees our mind – nothing else needs to be done.
Taking Ourselves Way Too Seriously
Most of us take our mental processes to be deadly serious and real. We are so identified with the inner thinker and observer – the sense of ‘me inside our heads’ that seems to run our lives – that we never entertain the possibility that nobody is at home and that we are under the spell of an illusion that just repeats itself again and again. Insight training is about observing the observer – not in an abstract philosophical way but in very tangible and immediate way. In so doing we might discover an unexpected freedom and happiness that was always there but covered over by the endlessly repeating illusion. Choden will offer some accessible steps for uncovering this inner freedom and happiness.
Insight in Daily Life
Building on Rob and Choden’s session, practically how do we get in touch with these hidden mechanisms. How do we tap into the freedom that is always available to us within the repeating illusion of our lives. Heather will offer some daily life practices, which we can incorporate, to uncover how we are caught in our habitual patterns of thought and behaviour. Once we see that we are caught, we then have a choice to do something different.
Friday 5th July, 2019 – Evening Talk on From Mindfulness to Insight book and book signing with Rob Nairn and Heather Regan-Addis at Kagyu Samye Dzong Scarborough, Londesbrough Lodge, Scarborough, YO11 2PW
18:30pm – 20:30pm
Price – £25.00, to book please click here.
Saturday 6th July, 2019 – Introduction to Insight workshop and book signing with Rob Nairn and Heather Regan-Addis at Kagyu Samye Dzong Scarborough, Londesbrough Lodge, Scarborough, YO11 2PW
10:00am – 16:00pm (breaks included)
Price: £75.00 – including free book, to book please click here.
Friday 26th July, 2019 – Evening Talk on From Mindfulness to Insight book and book signing with Rob Nairn and Choden at Kagyu Samye Dzong London, 15 Spa Road, Bermondsey, London, SE16 3SA
18:30pm – 20:30pm
Price: £25.00, to book please click here
Saturday 27th July, 2019 – Introduction to Insight workshop and book signing with Rob Nairn and Choden at Kagyu Samye Dzong London, 15 Spa Road, Bermondsey, London, SE16 3SA
10:00am – 16:00pm (breaks included)
Price: £75.00 – including free book, to book please click here
About the book From Mindfulness to Insight
Building on mindfulness and self-compassion
practices, this step-by-step guide to secular insight meditation shows the way
to freedom from deeply rooted thought patterns.
This book shows how we can move beyond secular mindfulness and compassion
techniques to the cultivation of insight – seeing into and thereby becoming
free of the repetitive thinking that keeps us trapped in cycles of suffering.
Most books in the secular mindfulness tradition stop with mindfulness and
self-compassion but do little to uncover the root causes of our suffering.
Drawing on both Buddhist analyses of mind and current findings in psychology
and neuroscience, the book explains how our thinking becomes fixed and
routinized through our engaging with unconscious preferences and reactions.
Through the cultivation of insight, we can disentangle ourselves from these
patterns, which leads to greater equanimity, freedom, and compassion.
Praise for From Mindfulness to Insight:
“With sparkling clarity, this book shows how to use the
profound essence of mindfulness as a path to lasting contentment and inner
peace. It integrates traditional teachings with cutting-edge neuroscience while
being encouraging and full of practical suggestions. Deep, penetrating, and
far-reaching, it offers remarkable insights on every page.”—Rick Hanson, PhD,
author of Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength,
“This is an excellent book for anyone who wants to understand mindfulness
from a traditional Buddhist perspective and how to go beyond it and harness the
transformative power of insight meditation. There are lots of great tools and
strategies in here for anyone who wants to wake up, live more consciously, and
actively build a richer and more fulfilling life.”—Dr. Russ Harris, author
of The Happiness Trap and ACT Made Simple