Bodhichitta Centre – Wed Morning

Weekly Drop In Class

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Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre
Wednesdays 11am – 12 pm

September 6 – December 13, 2016
Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre
970 Blanshard Street, Victoria, BC

Introduction to Buddhist Wisdom:
Practices to help you change your attitude and achieve a happier, more fulfilled life

Find out how to use ancient Buddhist wisdom to change old habits, overcome worry and stress, improve relationships and discover your limitless potential.

We can do this through training in meditation. Meditation makes our mind peaceful, and when our mind is peaceful we are happy, even if our external conditions are challenging or difficult.

Drop-in Classes. Join at any time.

Everyone is welcome to learn more about meditation and positive thinking.
Each class includes a brief teaching, guided meditation, and time for questions. Seating is on chairs or cushions and no special clothing or pre-registration is required.

$10 drop in or $40 for 5 classes
Free for Centre Card holders.

TOPICS:

Sept 6 – 27 How to develop and maintain a peaceful mind all the time
Through the practice of meditation we can develop and maintain a peaceful mind all the time. If our mind is peaceful all the time, we will be happy all the time. So if we really wish for ourself and others to be happy all the time we must learn to practice meditation.

Oct 4 – 25 How to overcome our anger through practicing patience
Anger is one of the most common and destructive delusions, and it afflicts our mind almost every day. To solve the problem of anger, we first need to recognize the anger within our mind, knowledge how it harms both ourself and others, and appreciate the benefits of being patient in the face of difficulties.

Nov 1 – Nov 22 Past and Future Lives
If we understand the nature of mind, we can also understand the existence of past and future lives. Many people believe that when the body disintegrates at death, the continuum of the mind ceases and the mind becomes non-existent, like a candle flame going out when all the wax has been burned. However this idea is completely wrong. Our body and mind are separate entities, and so even though the body disintegrates at death, the continuum of the mind remains unbroken. Instead of ceasing, the mind simply leaves the present body and goes to the next life.

Nov 29- Dec 13 Samsara- The cycle of impure life
What does taking rebirth in samsara mean? It means that in each of our lives due to ignorance we grasp our body or mind as our self, thinking, ‘I’ ‘I’, where there is no I, or self. Through this we experience the sufferings of this life and countless future lives as hallucinations endlessly.

Mariem Martinson is a member of the Teacher Training Program at the Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre. She has been active in the Kadampa community for many years and been leading lunchtime meditations and leading study groups for the past 5 years. Her knowledge of dharma is vast.

Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre
970 Blanshard Street
Victoria, BC

Located on Blanshard between Broughton and Courtney, just next to the Central Library with the parking garage underneath. Close to bus lines on Fort and Douglas.

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$10 per class
Discount $40 for 5 classes
Free for Centre Card holders.

No need to pre-register.
Drop in at any time during the series.

We are a registered, non-profit, charitable organization.
All class fees and donations are used to support the spiritual activities of Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre.

Do I have to be a Buddhist to benefit from meditation?
No. Anyone can learn basic meditation and experience the benefits that come from having a peaceful mind. Buddhists respect all people and are happy to help anyone regardless of whether they subscribe to another faith, or to none.

Do I need to have experience in meditation or Buddhism to attend the classes?
No. All you need is the wish to improve yourself and the quality of your life.

What do I need to bring to class?
Nothing in particular; however, if you wish to take notes bring a pen and notepad.

How should I dress for class?
No special clothing is required. We recommend wearing something comfortable.