Course Description

Our five-week course offers steps to an authentic happiness based on the insightful teachings of the Buddha.

The course consists of short videos outlining the Buddha’s approach to happiness, our outline of important themes related to happiness and questions for your exploration in daily life.

The practices include application of mindfulness, working with challenges of the mind, cutting thought and deepening contact with feelings.

The Buddha regards insights and wisdom as indispensable to a profound happiness.

We explore our relationship to the recent past, to the present, via our senses and the future.

Wisdom, happiness and peace of mind give support to each other.

At times, we may need the wise of counsel of others.

We offer an outline of four major discourses of the Buddha which point towards a realizable happiness.

We have written a supportive text for you to read and reflect upon.

Do develop a daily practice of application of remembrance of important points in the words of the Buddha, our commentary our both.

At the end of each commentary, we have written some questions. Please endeavour to write down your response to each question, perhaps 100 – 200 words. Afterwards, do apply some of the important points in your daily life.

You may have a friend(s) with whom you can share these steps together. You can then learn much from each other.

There are many ways to experience happiness – love, kindness, generosity, joy, bliss, gratitude, inner peace, an expansive consciousness, insights, realizations, precious experiences and knowing a genuine freedom without demands upon oneself and others.

You may find it very worthwhile to make daily commitment to listening to the wise voice within, the wise voice of others and practising to move on quickly from unwholesome and unhealthy states of mind.

Remember to rest within when you experience moments of calm, happiness and clarity. You will find it easier to return to these experiences of inner peace.

Your firm daily intentions to explore and understand the fullness of each day, alone or with others, or both, will release happiness amidst the challenges of daily life, indoors and outdoors.

May all beings live with wisdom, happiness and peace of mind.

Love
Christopher and Ulla
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  • Happiness in
    Everyday Situations

    Our course offers practical steps to finding happiness in everyday situations whether alone, with others or in the nature. You pace yourself with our happiness course, which draws upon the insights of the Buddha, who emphasised happiness as expressions of depth and wisdom.

  • Practical Steps

    Yes, there are obstructions of natural happiness. We name those obstructions and offer practical steps to dissolve them. You develop mindfulness to the small tasks of daily life, as well as important communications with others.

  • Affordable

    We, the two teachers, have made the course affordable. We are both happy to offer the course as a service, as well as support the Prajna Vihar School in Bodh Gaya, India.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introductory Material

    • Course Introduction
    • The Teachers
  • 2

    Week 1 - Introduction to the Middle Length Discourses

    • Study Paper - Week 1 - Introduction to the Middle Length Discourses
    • Video from Christopher Titmuss - Week 1
  • 3

    Week 2 - MN 2 "All the taints"

    • Study Paper - Week 2
    • Video from Christopher Titmuss - Week 2
  • 4

    Week 3 - MN 7 "The Simile of the Cloth"

    • Study Paper - Week 3
    • Video from Christopher Titmuss - Week 3
  • 5

    Week 4 - MN 18 "The Honeyball Sutta"

    • Study Paper - Week 4
    • Video from Christopher Titmuss - Week 4
  • 6

    Week 5 - MN 26 "The Noble Search"

    • Study Paper - Week 5
    • Video from Christopher Titmus - Week 5

We offer the regular price of this course as well as a low income price option

We have not set a yardstick for those with a low income. We will leave you to decide if you know you are in this category.