Weekly Drop-in Classes
Sidney Public Library
January 8 to June 11, 2018
No classes April 2 or May 21
10091 Resthaven Drive, Sidney BC
Happiness comes from Mental Peace:
How to be happy all the time and live a meaningful life
From the depths of our heart, we want to be happy all the time and live a meaningful life. How can we do this? 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 poor.
The Kadam Lamrim teachings and meditations open our heart and deepen our understanding and experience of the spiritual path. Suitable for both beginners and more experienced practitioners.
Drop-in Classes. Join at any time.
Everyone is welcome to learn more about meditation and positive thinking.
Each class includes guided meditation, a teaching, and time for questions. Seating is on chairs and no special clothing or pre-registration is required.
Gen Kelsang Zopa is a modern Buddhist monk and Resident Teacher at Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre.
Gen Zopa has been presenting the profound and practical teachings of the Buddhist path to enlightenment throughout Canada for the past 19 years. Renowned for the clarity and depth of his teachings, his warmth and practicality bring to life the ancient art of meditation.
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.
April 30, May 7, 14
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 28, June 4, 11 (No Class May 21)
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.
Sidney Public Library
Nell Horth Room
10091 Resthaven Drive,
$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 go toward supporting the spiritual activities of Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre.[/tab]
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. [/tab]