Esquimalt (Fri)

Classes by Registration or Drop In

Esquimalt Rec Centre
Fridays, 12:00 – 1:30pm

January 12 – June 22, 2018
No class April 20 or 27
527 Fraser St., Esquimalt, BC
see Registration Tab for dates for each session segment
Drop in always available as well

Buddhist Meditation

Discover the power of meditation to feel less stressed, think more positively and creatively in the face of problems and difficulties, and respond more openly towards others. Ongoing classes are appropriate for all levels of experience. Chairs are provided for all sessions.

Guided meditation and a discussion of Buddhist practice are part of each session. These classes are ideal for 12 yrs+ and there is no need for prior experience in meditation to join in.

Register by calling 250-412-8500 / 250-412-8510


TEACHER

Sachi Tamura is a member of the Teacher Training Program at the Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre. She has been active in the Kadampa community since 2008 and has been teaching Dharma in Esquimalt since 2011. Sachi enjoys sharing with students the practical application of Buddha’s teachings.
 
 
 
 


TOPICS


January 12,19,26    –   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.


February 2, 9, 16
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 23, March 2, 9
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 16, 23 (No class March 30 or April 6)
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 13
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.

May 4, 11, 18, 25
Love without Pain

Why is it that so often our relationships and interactions with others result in a storm of painful emotions? Why do we feel so much grief when we are separated from those we care for? And why does what appeared to be a “perfect match” so often end in conflict? The answer to all these questions can be found within Buddha’s teachings on love and attachment. By learning to distinguish between these two very different, but often mixed states of mind, we can establish the foundation for lasting harmonious relationships, improve our experience of pure love and solve many of our daily problems.


May 31, June 1, 8, 15, 22
Following our Buddha Nature

Each and every living being has within them the seed or potential to become a Buddha – this is our Buddha nature. To follow the Buddhist path to enlightenment there is no need to change our external lifestyle, but we do need to change our ordinary view that we are the centre of the universe and that other people and things derive their significance principally from the way in which they affect us. By developing a more realistic view of the world, based on the equality and interdependence of all living beings, we shall naturally develop good intentions towards them.


REGISTRATION


Esquimalt Recreation Centre
Register by calling: 250-412-8500 or 250-412-8510 
or Register Online at this Link

Session Dates:
Jan 12 – FREE DEMO SESSION
7994  Jan 19 – Mar 2, 7 sessions, $56
7995 Mar 9 – Apr 20, no classes Mar 30 or Apr 6, 5 sessions, $40
No class April 27
7996 May 4 – June 22, 8 sessions, $64

or Drop In to any class for $10 (+tax). Pay at the Reception Desk


LOCATION

Esquimalt Recreation Centre
527 Fraser Street
Esquimalt, BC

 
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