Life with Full attention

An eight-week practical course in Mindfulness

Starts Tuesday 13 Feb | 7.15 - 9.30pm In person | 7.45 - 9.30pm Online

Using mindfulness as a tool we can learn to work with thoughts to become more creative and energetic, and better able to face life’s challenges.

Life with Full Attention is a practical course that puts mindfulness back into its Buddhist context. While considering the demands of modern life, the course guides us towards the limitless potential of our mind and reality itself.

For the first time, this course will be accompanied by a Life With Full Attention app that’s been specifically designed to support those taking part. Another special feature this year is that the course will be running simultaneously at Buddhist Centres in Berlin, Barcelona, London, and New York!

“There are hundreds of books on mindfulness, but for a practical guide I would turn first to Life with Full Attention by Maitreyabandhu...."

Alice O'Keefe

- The Guardian

Course Description

Life with Full Attention is an eight-week step-by-step guide in how to practise mindfulness in the life you actually have.

This is a rare opportunity to join Maitreyabandhu, Buddhist teacher and best-selling author of the Life with Full Attention book. In each class, we will explore an aspect of mindfulness that you’ll be putting into practice over the following week – from day-to-day mindfulness, to mindfulness of reality. We will also meditate, and share in small groups how we’re getting on with applying mindfulness. You will receive a copy of the book, and be encouraged to read it between each class.

The course is for newcomers and those wanting to revisit the fundamentals of mindfulness practice or wanting to renew their inspiration. The course assumes you do not have lots of free time and is designed to be integrated into busy lives. You will be able to join either in person at the LBC or online.

The course will be running simultaneously at Buddhist Centres in Berlin, Barcelona, London, and New York. Do sign-up with the centre closest to you (this page is for those who wish to participate with the London Buddhist Centre).

Structure of the Course

Week 1

Day-to-Day Mindfulness

Attending to the small things so that we can concentrate on the big ones and what's important in life.

Week 2

Mindfulness of the Body and its Movements

Stepping back from thoughts into our direct physical experience to gain a greater perspective.

Week 3

Mindfulness of Vedana - feeling-sensation

Exploring how life feels – the texture of life. These are the building blocks of our experience, moods, and emotions.

Week 4

Mindfulness of Citta - Mind

Understanding that everything we experience, we experience through the mind. Cultivating our mind towards greater happiness. 

Week 5

Mindfulness of DhammasBringing the Teaching to Mind

Training ourselves to notice that when we act out of positive states of mind, we feel happier, more creative, tolerant, and expansive.

Week 6

Mindfulness of Art, Objects and Nature

Enriching our lives with art and beauty.  Mindfulness is about more life – we need to remember to appreciate and enjoy things.

Week 7

Mindfulness of Other People

Making a conscious effort to see things from other people's point of view, so that feelings of concern and appreciation naturally arise.

Week 8

Mindfulness of Reality

Connecting with a life-changing, transcendental insight into how things really are – a wholly new way of perceiving beyond the duality of science and religion.

Led by

“When I wrote the book and devised the course I had in mind anyone who was looking for systematic guidance in how to cultivate mindfulness in their day-to-day life and who wanted to learn that from its deep source within Buddhism. I wanted to show the Buddha’s vision of mindfulness. And I wanted it to be practical. Mindfulness is primarily a practice. It’s not a theory or a psychological intervention. My book and course were created to support anyone who wants to live their life with full attention."


- Author of LWFA

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get the most from the course?

Here are some top tips for taking part: 

Come every week – whether you feel like it or not. If you look for motivation before you do something, you reverse your motivation; mostly you only want to do something when you’re actually doing it. 

Come early – so you can lie down in the shrine room and have a nap, you probably need it and you’ll get more from the class if you do.

Put aside some time to read the book – think of it as an 8-week crash-course in learning and practising mindfulness.

Do your ‘home practice’ every day – then each week you’ll be in a small group to check in about how that went.

How can I connect to the international LWFA community?

This year, the course will be running simultaneously in Berlin, Barcelona, and New York as well as online from the London Buddhist Centre. We really want everyone to feel, wherever they are, that they are taking part in the same course. So we’ll be offering a WhatsApp group that will introduce the leaders, help each participant to stay connected, and help us all to share our experiences.

What if I can’t make every session?

Do sign-up even if you know you can’t make every session, as you will be able to catch-up from the book and weekly emails.

If you are going to miss a class – email the home group leader so we know and can let others know. And do come back the following week. Don’t feel guilty for not having attended, just come back and start again.

How to take part if I bought the online element?

You will receive a welcome email with a zoom link and all the details, including that it will be a 7.45pm start. Part of the evening will include break-out groups – you will be with the same group of people each week.

'There are hundreds of books on mindfulness, but for a practical guide I would turn first to Life with Full Attention by Maitreyabandhu....'
– Alice O'Keeffe - The Guardian 

A rare opportunity to join Maitreyabandhu, best-selling author of Life with Full Attention, on an 8-week practical course in mindfulness.

It’s our mindset and inner narratives that limit us. Using mindfulness as a tool we can learn to work with noisy, chaotic thoughts in order to become more creative and energetic. We can become more able to face the challenges of life: manage stress, cope better with illness, and reduce anxiety and depression.

But, even if we can reap those benefits by practising mindfulness, when we take mindfulness out of context it becomes less authentic and less effective. Life with Full Attention puts mindfulness back into its Buddhist context; it guides us (in practical ways, taking in consideration the pressures of modern life) so we can move towards reality itself and open up to the possibility of the Enlightened Mind, here and now.

Join the course and, with Maitreyabandhu’s book as your guide, get a thorough grounding in mindfulness practice as we move towards the limitless potential of our mind. For newcomers and those wanting to revisit the fundamentals of mindfulness practice or wanting to renew their inspiration.

Led by Maitreyabandhu, Abhayanandi and Bodhimati.

Who is the course for?

The course is for you if you are relatively new to the LBC, and would like practical instruction on how to follow a Path that can lead to ultimate meaning. 

It’s also for those who have been coming to the centre for a while, and would like to understand the different aspects of a complete system of practice. Many people do the course more than once, learning something new and deepening their understanding each time.  

So, this course is for anyone interested in exploring the quest for meaning.

Course Content: what we'll do

The course explores five aspects of the spiritual journey and training: Integration, Positive Emotion, Spiritual Death, Spiritual Rebirth, and Spiritual Receptivity. Its aim is the total transformation of the mind, so that we become a force for good in the world.

Course Outline

Week 1: Introducing The Journey and the Guide
Week 2: Supports for a 'Fit Mind'
Week 3: Positive Emotion, the Stage of Action
Week 4: Working With Other People 
Week 5: Spiritual Death: the Laws and Regularities of Life
Week 6: The View that Creates “Self”
Week 7: Spiritual Rebirth and the Imagination
Week 8: Faith, Imagination, Looking Up

What the course includes:

  • A copy of The Journey and the Guide book by Maitreyabandhu. Online participants will receive a digital copy. 
  • A thorough introduction to the Buddhist vision and system of spiritual training
  • Led meditation for all levels 
  • The opportunity for questions and answers with the leaders, including a special evening with the author Maitreyabandhu 
  • The support of a small group who you’ll discuss your progress with each week
  • Weekly emails with Session Summaries, Guided Meditations, and Home Practices to apply what you’ve been learning in the sessions
  • Everything you need to answer the questions ‘What is a Buddhist?’ and 'Am I a Buddhist?'