Sidney – Monday Evenings

Weekly Classes – By Registration or Drop In

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

September 11 – December 11, 2017
No class Oct 9
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.

TOPICS:

Sept 11 – 25 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 2 – 23 How to overcome our anger through practicing patience
(No class Oct 9)
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.

Oct 30 – Nov 20 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 27- Dec 11 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.

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.

Sept 11 – Oct 30 – no class Oct 9 (Thanksgiving) – 7 sessions
Nov 7 – Dec 11 – 6 sessions

7 sessions for $63 or 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.

SHOAL Centre Location:

Debbi Jones is the Administrative Director of the Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre and a member of the Teacher Training program. She has had the privilege of 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.