Sidney – Monday Evenings

Weekly Classes – By Registration or Drop In

SHOAL Activity Centre
Mondays 6:30 – 7:45 pm

January 8 to June 4, 2018
No classes Feb 12, April 2 or May 21
10030 Resthaven Drive
Sidney, BC

Introduction to Buddhist Meditation

Discover the power of meditation to gradually reduce stress, overcome worries and anxiety, increase positivity and improve relationships. Each class will begin with a meditation followed by a practical, meaningful Buddhist teaching. There will be a brief break with tea and cookies before the final meditation. This class is suitable for people with all levels of experience with meditation. We will sit in chairs or, if you prefer, you may bring your own meditation cushion.

Come Try it Out – January 8th is a FREE Class.


January 8, 15, 22    –   Choose Happiness
Everyone has the capacity to tap into an endless supply of inner peace and happiness. Modern Buddhism presents the meditations and the techniques that we need in order to achieve. We can learn to choose happiness throughout our life by applying methods that free us from negative emotions, making joy, happiness and meaning our everyday reality.

January 29, February 5
(No Class Feb 12)
Understanding Death and Rebirth
Many people believe that when the body disintegrates at death, the continuum of the mind ceases and the mind becomes non-existent, like a flame going out when all the wax has been burned. Buddha taught that our mind and body are separate entities, and so even though the body disintegrates at death, the continuum of the mind remains unbroken. By reflecting on the nature of the mind we can gain a deep understanding of the existence of our future lives. This will motivate us to prepare for the happiness of our future lives, or try to attain permanent liberation from suffering by abandoning our delusions.

February 19, 26, March 5
Purifying our Negative Karma

Life leaves its wounds. Perhaps you’ve tried to forget the loss, grief or harm of the past, but find your self re-living it again and again. During these classes you will learn how those unhappy situations arose, the true cause of suffering and how to heal yourself of the negativity that still plagues you. Experience the power of guided meditations that truly heal and protect you from pain.

March 12, 19, 26, (No Class April 2)
Freedom from Anxiety

How does one cope with the uncertainty and instability of our chaotic modern world without getting jaded or living in a constant state of anxiety? In this series of classes we will explore practical methods for transforming adversity from the point of view of Buddhist philosophy, psychology and meditative practice.

April 9, 16, 23
The Four Noble Truths: Buddhist Solutions for our Human Problems

The first teaching Buddha gave was the Sutra of the Four Noble Truths in which he explained the actual path to liberation from suffering. We need this wisdom to solve our human problems. At present we do not clearly distinguish between objects to be abandoned and objects to be attained. As a result we remain under the control of our delusions and continue to create causes for our suffering. Liberation is a permanent inner peace attained through the complete abandonment of delusions. When through training in the paths to liberation our mind is completely released from delusions, we attain true freedom or nirvana.

Register in advance for Introduction to Buddhist Meditation
with the SHOAL Centre
by calling 250-656-5537 or in person *

You can also drop in to any single session for $10.50, pay at the desk.
As well as signing in and paying at the front desk, please ALSO sign in with the teacher. Thank you.

Jan 8 – Free Demo Class
Jan 15 -Feb 26, no class Feb 12, Family Day – 6 sessions
Mar 5 – Apr 16, no class Apr 2, Easter Monday – 6 sessions
Apr 23 – June 4, no class May 21, Victoria Day- 6 sessions

6 sessions for $54 registering in advance with the SHOAL Centre
or $10.50 drop in to any session
Suitable for all levels

* By phone SHOAL accepts Visa or MasterCard. In person they accept Debit, cash or cheque.

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Debbi Jones is a long-time member of the Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre and part of the Teacher Training program. She has had the privilege of leading meditation sessions, teaching full and half day workshops, Saturday Series classes, and is the branch teacher of the Sidney Monday evening class. Debbi brings a life-long love of learning and many years of teaching experience to her classes. She enjoys sharing how practical and helpful Dharma is in our everyday lives.

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.

Do you provide meditation cushions?
No, we only provide the chairs that are at the site. You may, however, bring your own cushion or bench if you wish.