Developing Maitri and Turning against Self-Criticism

with Jim O'Neill

April 27th—April 28th

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  • £70 Full Price
Room: Main meditation hall
“…how has it come about that we are so bewitched by our self-hatred, so impressed and credulous in the face of our self-criticism, as unimaginative as it usually is? And why is it so akin to a judgement without a jury.” AGAINST SELF-CRITISCISM”, Adam Phillips, 2015

  We are well trained in fending off the judgements of others by turning them against ourselves. Developing Maitri, extending loving kindness towards the self, as presented by the Buddha, can be the most challenging of all practices. Most of us, even so called seasoned practitioners, are only intermittently able to hold on to this view. We punish ourselves, self-harm and self-criticise and often find that our sole defence, in the face of this onslaught, is to over-indulge, play the victim, or blame others. We can be caught up in this vicious cycle for years, lifetimes. This taught course is a chance to connect, or maybe reconnect, with the precious teachings and practices that help us to deepen our sense of trust by learning to relax into an attitude of loving kindness towards ourselves.

Jim O’Neill is a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Buddhist practitioner and teacher and author of  UNDRESSING, (Short Books, May 2019)

Payment Terms and Conditions

Please register and pay in full on registration, ensuring you click on the relevant price option to go through to PayPal where you can also pay by credit/debit card. Cancellation up to 1 week before the programme will receive a full refund, after that there will be a £20 fee charged for cancellation up until the 26th April after which no refund is granted.

A concession fee of £50 is available for anyone whose annual income is below £12,000. Please contact [email protected] to request a concession. 

Further Information
Sat/Sun: tea/coffee & registration 9am, start 9.30am.   Finish 6.30pm

Lunch will not be provided.

For further information please email: [email protected]