Meditation’s what you need

Rev Jitei White, from Pilling
Rev Jitei White, from Pilling
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With more school holidays coming up and Easter around the corner, it is certainly a frantic time of year.

But a specialist priest reckons he has the key to taking the stress out of everyday life for Fylde coast residents.

For while families are expected to flood into the resort in the coming months to sample Blackpool’s various attractions, Rev Jitei White, 49, an ordained Zen Buddhist Priest, claims Buddhism is the answer if things all start to get too much.

The Pilling resident first discovered Buddhism 30 years ago after reading about the religion, and has now opened the town’s first Zen Centre, in Bispham, to introduce others to its soothing meditation techniques.

He said: “I grew up in Marton and by seeing how Blackpool is at the moment, I want to do as much as I can to help the people.

“For a long time it has been very important for me to do this, meditation is a great antidote to the stresses and worries of ordinary life and helps people to deal with depression and anxiety, to find what life is really about.

“About 30 years ago I took a book about Buddhism out of Blackpool Library which said life was all about suffering, but there is a way out. I made a few phone calls and aged 17 I went to a monastery in Northumberland.”

Meditation is the practice of training the mind into a relaxed state to focus on positive trends.

Rev Jitei White, who is a gardener when he is not teaching Buddhism, is expanding to Bispham after the success of a similar centre in Garstang, which runs every Friday night.

He added: “We have quite a nice group now in Garstang which we started in January.

“We get people in to do an hour or so of meditation and talk about things which come up in people’s lives.

“This would help people meditate on a daily basis.”

For anyone who wants to find out more, The Zen Centre, on Red Bank Road, Bispham, is open every Wednesday from 7.30pm to 9pm.

Entry to the centre is free of charge.