Monday Classes

Monday Classes

Time: 7 - 8:15pm
Cost: $12 drop-in fee or $40 for four classes
Free for supporting members

Everyone is welcome!

Freedom from painful emotions

Painful emotions do not come to us from the outside but exist within our own mind. They are part of our mind, but not an intrinsic part, and are caused by our delusions.  Negative states of minds that steal our peace and good feelings about ourselves and others. In these classes we will learn how to identify delusions and reduce their hold on us. By doing this, they gradually diminish and we draw closer to the person we wish to be — happier, hopeful, and confident.

These classes are perfect for all level of practitioners, both beginners and advanced. You may attend any or all of the classes. Everyone is welcome! 

May 17:  Learning to watch our mind and identify delusions correctly

May 24:  Why attachment sets us up for suffering

May 31:  Using love to reduce attachment and feelings of insecurity

Jun 7:  Guarding our mind from resentment with the armour of patience

Jun 14:  No class (Canadian Festival)

Jun 21:  Not allowing jealousy to get the better of us through the practice of rejoicing

Jun 28:  Freedom from the pain of grasping at our self 
 
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Solving Problems Before They Start

We all want to avoid suffering and problems. Normally we try to “solve problems” by changing our circumstances—getting a better job, finding a better place to live. But eventually, we realize the new job has frustrations of its own, or we start to notice things we don’t like about the new place. Those “solutions” have just introduced a different set of problems.

In reality, what we usually call “problems” are not the problem at all. All the problems we experience day to day come from our own mind—from our responses to life’s difficulties. We don’t usually understand this, so we blame others for our problems—this just makes the problems worse.

When we learn to respond to problems with a positive and peaceful mind, they’re not problems at all.

Everyone is welcome! 

July 5:  Where do our problems come?

July 12:  How we make our problems worse

July 19:  Strengthening our mindfulness

July 26:  Solving problems before they start

 
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Details

Our general program classes include guided meditations, and practical teachings given by Buddha.
These classes are suitable for both beginners and more advanced meditation practitioners
General meditation classes are given as a series, but can also be taken individually.
Chairs and cushions are provided.

“When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subsides and the mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally arise from within.”


Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche