OCT6, 13, 20
NOV3, 10, 17, 24
DEC 1, 8, 15
with Ken Norquay
Location: Kitsilano · Canadian Memorial Centre for Peace · 1825 W 16th Ave, VancouverCost: $12/class | No cost for members. Attending multiple classes each week? Become a member and save! Check out the benefits below.
Our Wednesday class in Kitsilano offers a practical and easy to understand presentation of Buddha’s teachings which can help us cope with even the most challenging problems.
Each class starts with a short guided breathing meditation, a teaching on how to transform your mind and a concluding meditation to set up your week.
These classes are designed as independent in-person and online “drop-in” classes but greater benefit and understanding naturally arise through coming regularly (see schedule & topics below). Everyone is welcome!
CLASS SCHEDULE & TOPICS
MEDITATIONS FOR BUSY PEOPLE
Happiness hacks: happiness comes from within!
Use these hacks following Buddha’s teachings to discover the freedom to be happy even when things are tough. We all know for instance that when we’re unhappy, sometimes distracting ourselves with something else can give us a bit of a break for a moment. However, using meditation we can make changes to our way of thought that give us inner resilience to be happy without distracting ourselves! Meditation techniques following these themes can produce huge improvements in our life immediately and open the door to a world of inner development that is only possible with meditation.
These classes are based on the book How to Transform Your Life by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche
Sept 8 – Real Happiness and where to find it
Sept 15 – Refocusing to make ourself and others happy
Sept 22 – Motivations that make us happy
Sept 29 – Transforming our understanding of situations with imagination and flexibility
THE HABITS OF HAPPY PEOPLE
Meditation is a scientific method to transform human nature from bad to good. Everybody needs to be good-natured with a good heart. – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
Happiness and suffering are states of mind and so their main causes are not to be found outside of the mind. Not knowing this, though, we usually think only about external sources of happiness and worry only about external problems. If we learn to distinguish the inner causes of happiness from the inner causes of unhappiness, we can create the mental habits of truly happy people. Join us this month to learn four important distinctions that will transform your life.
Oct 6 – Thinking beneficial thoughts for everyone’s sake
Oct 13 – Love: the great protector
Oct 20 – Compassion: the supreme good heart
Oct 27 – No class due to the Fall Festival
NOVEMER | HOW TO BE KIND TO YOURSELF AND OTHERS
Many of our problems arise from being too hard on ourselves and others. Join us for this 4 weeks series and learn:
- The reason we end up being so hard on everyone
- How to stop obsessing about being perfect
- Meditations for transforming our mind and improve our relationships
- Practical techniques for how to be gentle with ourselves and others.
Each class includes a teaching and two guided meditations.
Nov 3 – Understanding “The problematic mind”
Nov 10 – The best way to solve our relationship problems
Nov 17 – The Holy Secret – Transforming our mind through wisdom
Nov 24 – Taking Away Suffering and Giving pure happiness
DECEMBER | LETTING GO OF ANXIETY
Anxiety can be crippling. It can prevent us from doing the things we want to do and connecting with others.
Buddhist meditation helps us become familiar and access naturally happy and strong states of mind. Furthermore, Buddhist wisdom teaches us exactly how to exchange our own burden of problems and worry for compassion and a sense of connection to others. By practising these techniques we don’t just learn to cope, but we thrive and grow, no matter what life hurls our way.
Dec 1- Understanding the causes of anxiety
Dec 8 – How to develop a flexible mind
Dec 16 – The key to thriving
According to the Provincial Health Officer (PHO):
-Masks are required in all public indoor settings for all people born in 2009 or earlier (12+).
-Indoor organized seated gatherings can have a capacity of 50 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater.
-There are no capacity limits or restrictions on indoor or outdoor and worship services (such as for chanted prayers in person at the centre).
-If you or anyone in your family feels sick stay home and get tested immediately.
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