Happiness and suffering are states of mind

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The Art of Positive Thinking is the title of a talk to be given by a Buddhist monk at the Friends Meeting House in Scarborough on 13 May, at 7pm.

Gen Tharpa, a senior teacher of the new Kadampa tradition of Buddhism, has been teaching modern Buddhism in Spain, Portugal and England for over 30 years.

He said: “Whether we experience a happy, meaningful life, full of exciting challenges and opportunities for growth, or a stressful, unhappy life full of difficulties and problems depends on our way of thinking. Happiness and suffering are states of mind.

“With meditation, we can train ourselves to think positively and maintain an authentic experience of inner peace, even in difficult situations. We can discover the potential for lasting happiness and joy within our minds”.

Everybody is welcome. Admission costs £6 and includes refreshments.

There is no need to book in advance and seating is on chairs, not the floor.

Weekly meditation classes take place at the same venue, place and time.

For further information, go to www.madhyamaka.org.

The Friends Meeting House is in Quaker Close, off Woodlands Drive, near the hospital. The postcode is YO12 5QZ.