Tuesday Evening Class
Suitable for everyone, these walk-in classes provide a comprehensive introduction to meditation, offering guidance at all levels for developing and deepening your meditation practice. Learn meditations to relax body and mind, find inner peace, achieve mental clarity, and develop a kind and compassionate attitude towards others.
Each class includes teaching, guided meditation and an opportunity to ask questions. These classes are based on various books by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche and are the perfect way to establish a daily meditation practice.
Although taught as a series with class titles below, each class is self-contained and can be attended individually.
Introduction to Buddhism
If you would like to receive a structured introduction to Buddhism, this course may be for you! You can attend the entire 15 week course, a 5-week series, or simply drop-in to any class on any week. No commitment needs to be made for the entirety of the course, however, the more classes you attend, the greater benefit you will receive! Success in our meditation practice takes consistency and repetition, so committing to a part or the whole course is encouraged.
The first part of this course series will provide an introduction to the basics of Buddhism. We begin with the story of Buddha Shakyamuni and then begin to explore Buddha’s teachings on our present human situation and what we can do it make happy, virtuous and peaceful.
Apr 3 – Who was Buddha?
Apr 10 – Meditation and Understanding the Mind
Apr 17 – Karma and Past and Future Lives
Apr 24 – Death and Our Precious Human Life
May 1 – The Buddhist Way of Life
THE PATH TO LIBERATION
We need permanent freedom from suffering and unhappiness. Why? Because temporary freedom from suffering and unhappiness is not good enough! In this next part of our introductory series, we examine the Buddhist path in more detail from the motivation to be free from suffering permanently to the trainings we can do in everyday life to accomplish this goal.
May 8 – What is Liberation?
May 15 – Developing Renunciation
May 22 – The Higher Training of Moral Discipline
May 29 – The Higher Training of Concentration
June 5 – The Higher Training of Wisdom
THE MIND OF ENLIGHTENMENT
Buddha’s ultimate intention is for us to become just like him: a being who is experiencing permanent inner peace! In this last part of the introductory series we introduce the powerful minds of compassion and bodhichitta, minds that are directed towards liberating not only ourselves, but all living beings from their suffering and problems. We’ll learn about the path of the bodhisattva, and how we can engage in the practices of a bodhisattva in our everyday life which allows us to transform our mind while helping others.
June 12 – NO CLASS (Due to the Canadian National Festival)
June 19 – Training in Love
June 26 – Training in Compassion and Bodhichitta
July 3 – The Bodhisattva’s Way of Life
July 10 – Training in Ultimate Truth
July 17 – The Mind of Enlightenment
COMPASSION IN ACTION
With the world in so much conflict we can learn to benefit ourself and others without becoming overwhelmed by problems. Developing authentic compassion will allow us to do this.
July 24 – Opening the Heart
July 31 – The Bliss of Perfect Freedom
Aug 7 – A Meaningful Life
Aug 14 – The Patience of Not Retaliating
Aug 21 – Wishing Love
Aug 28 – Building a Better World Through Meditation
LOVE, DESIRE, AND POSSESSIVENESS
There is nothing wrong with desire; however, uncontrolled desire is very painful. In this course we will explore methods to increase our good heart of love while reducing the jealousy, possessiveness and attachment that can wreak havoc on our relationships.
Sept 4 – The Pain of Attachment, The Freedom of Love
Sept 11 – Universalizing Love: The Practice of Equanimity
Sept 18 – Anger, Attachment, and Love: Purifying our Relationships
Sept 25 – The Trap of the Ego: Shining the Mind on Others
Oct 2 – Overcoming the Pain of Jealousy: Rejoicing Practice
Oct 9 – Insecurity vs. Confidence: Identifying with our Highest Potential
Oct 16 – Transforming the Needy Self: Letting Go of the Self We Normally See
Oct 23 – Relationships as a Reflection of Our Mind: The Mirror of Dharma
Oct 30 – Difficult Relationships as Opportunity: The Practice of Lojong