16 Mar 2021


7:00 pm - 8:30 pm



Overcoming the Roots of Unhappiness (3-week series)

Teachings on The Three Poisons

During this three-week course, Buddhist teacher, David Johnson will offer teachings on The Three Poisons (the akusala-mula.)

In the centre of the iconic Buddhist image of the Wheel of Life, or Bhavachakra, you will find depicted a pig, a bird, and a snake. These three creatures represent the Three Poisons, or Three Unwholesome Roots – ignorance, attachment, and aversion.

These Three Poisons are the source of our negative mental states–such as anxiety, anger, jealousy–and the root from which all unskillful or harmful actions spring. It is understood in Buddhism that as long as our thoughts, words, and actions are conditioned by the Three Poisons they will cause unceasing problems for ourselves and others. 

It is therefore essential that we learn to overcome these minds, in order to uncover lasting wellbeing and happiness in our life.

About the course

This course is suitable for everyone – whether you are new to meditation or Buddhist thought, or have been studying for a while.

This course will consist of 3 x 1.5hr sessions, delivered Live via Google Meet on Tuesday evenings, 7-8.30pm from Tuesday, 16th Mach 2021 to Tuesday, 30th March 2021. Recordings will be made available to those who are unable to attend live.

The sessions are a mixture of dharma talks, guided meditations, and group discussion.

There is no need to prepare anything special – just find a quiet, comfortable place where you will not be disturbed.

What’s Included?

3 sessions with Buddhist teacher, David Johnson
Guided meditations which are easy to follow and can be practised at home.
Dharma talks – exploring the Buddhist teachings of the Three Poisons
A chance to discuss with others and ask questions
Access to an exclusive Facebook Group for support and interaction with the Sangha.
Lifetime access to the 3-week course online

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Prices & Booking

Pre-booking is essential.

Standard Rate – Suggested donation is £15 for the full 3-week course. All proceeds go towards the development of future programs and our vision for The Samadhi Retreat Centre. Teachers do not receive any payment for leading group retreats at Samadhi.

Free for Samadhi Supporters.

We believe that no-one should be excluded because of low income. Please contact us here if you would like to apply for a funded place. If you would like to support our vision of making these teachings as accessible as possible, please consider making a donation, supporting future groups, events & retreats. Interested to know why there is a charge for this event and what happens to profits? Read here.





  • David Johnson
    David Johnson
    Buddhist Contemplative and Meditation Guide
    David is an experienced Buddhist contemplative and meditation guide who has studied and taught internationally for several years. He is the Co-Founder of Samadhi and a qualified mindfulness teacher, Mental Health First Aider, and an active member of the Association for Spiritual Integrity. His teaching style is clear and practical, and his warm and humorous approach makes him a popular mindfulness teacher. Coming from his own experience, he wishes to help people access the meditations and practices which have transformed his and others lives for generations.



Overcoming the Roots of Unhappiness (3-week series)


16 Mar 2021