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The Real Purpose of Meditation: A Sunday Evening Lecture by Dr. Kumar

Sunday, August 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Theatre, Ampleforth College, York, YO62 4ER


Meditation has become a popular catchword and practice throughout the modern world given unprecedented levels of illness, stress and unhappiness and the desire to mitigate these distresses. Unfortunately, both in the East and West, the true meaning and significance of meditation have become lost, and the technique is now steeped in confusion and inaccuracies.


In this illuminating talk, Dr. Kumar clarifies the purpose of meditation and how it is a practical, secular method to program the brain. By training the mind, one can tap into its potential to experience an unparalleled level of happiness within, independent of external stimuli. The regular practice of meditation balances various neurotransmitters, hormones and other chemicals that govern our emotions and feelings, thereby promoting positive behavioural patterns.


Regardless of the spiritual path, the ultimate purpose of life is to become an exemplary person embodying the highest qualities of humanity such as compassion and generosity. The way to achieve such transformation is to work at the conscious and subconscious levels of the mind using meditation. As Dr. Kumar writes, “If reaching the Holy Spirit, Allah, Paramatma, Parabrahma, Nirvana, Oneness with God or a state of Grace are the goals of actualisation, then meditation is the path.  The objective of meditation is not to produce or to indulge in dopamine-induced experiences, but to achieve mental steadfastness.”


To monitor progress in any kind of learning or skill development, the use of certain evaluation standards is necessary. Meditation too, has detailed criteria for every step of advancement.  Saints of the past and present have spoken about these standards, but the true meaning in their great words of wisdom is only realised by serious practitioners.  Unfortunately, purely intellectual dialogue creates confusion and divergence, instead of clarity.  The great sages worked tirelessly to foster harmony, unity and peace among people, but throughout history, due to ignorance and a lack of insight into the practices and purpose of meditation, some individuals and groups have created division through the very same faiths and doctrines. Dr. Kumar is a passionate advocate of the far-reaching benefits of meditation. With his guidance, proper understanding and correct practice are interwoven in an accessible way for all.



Price: £8 admission or £6 concessions. Students, unemployed & OAP’s.
FREE to Traditional Yoga Summer Retreat 2018 attendees and to the Ampleforth Monastery & College Community.
To book your place please follow the booking system below. To pay by cash, bank transfer or cheque please contact us.

Please note that booking confirmation will be sent during office hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays 9am-5pm and Wednesdays 1pm-5pm.


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Sunday, August 12, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Ampleforth College, Ampleforth Abbey
York, YO62 4EN United Kingdom
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