Time: 7 - 8:15pm
Cost: $12 drop-in fee or $40 for four classes
Free for supporting members
Everyone is welcome!
Overcoming Stress and Anxiety
Stress and anxiety are increasingly common problems for people in our busy modern world. They prevent us from experiencing peace and enjoying life. Meditation is an effective way to gain freedom from these painful states of mind. Through meditation we can train our mind to remain calm in the midst of life’s challenges. All our ordinary problems and difficulties will fall away, and we will face life with clarity, inner strength and profound peace.
Aug 30: Protect your mind
Sept 6: First aid for a troubled mind
Sept 13: Take a fresh look at your life
Sept 20: Overcoming challenges
Sept 27: All the happiness in the world
A Love Less Ordinary
Although we always seek happiness in our close relationships, so many of those relationships wind up burdened with too much of the opposite: Unhappiness. According to Buddha this is because we often confuse desirous attachment for love. Desirous attachment is a deluded, unpeaceful state of mind that sees the other people as our source of happiness, and consequently expects these people to make us happy. But it is a con job. Happiness doesn’t come from other people. It comes from our own mind. Desirous attachment undermines our love for family, friends and others, making those relationships ordinary and setting us up for dissatisfaction and conflict again and again.
In this series, we will learn how to recognize and reduce our desirous attachment and to replace it with an authentic love that actually does reveal pure happiness. We will experience a love less ordinary and discover how all our relationships can become extraordinary – extraordinary and crucial components of an extraordinary life.
Oct 4: Distinguishing Desirous Attachment and Love in All our Relationships
Oct 11: How to Open Our Heart to everyone
Oct 18: Why Others Matter
Oct 25: No class (International Fall Festival)
Nov 1: Transforming Our Mind
Nov 8: An Extraordinary Love
How To Solve Our Human Problems
Join us on Mondays with our Resident Teacher, Kelsang Khacho and other Kadampa Teachers. This series of classes will loosely follow the book How to Solve Our Human Problems by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.
In this busy world, our experiences of happiness are fleeting and short-lived, while inner peace eludes us completely. Our negative states of mind, such as uncontrolled desire and anger, create endless problems for ourselves and others and prevent us from fulfilling our deepest wishes. Buddha’s popular teaching on the Four Noble Truths offers a clear and simple solution, guiding us to an oasis of peace within our hearts.
Nov 15: The Power of the Mind
Nov 22: Desire
Nov 29: Suffering
Dec 6: Origins
Dec 13: Cessation
Dec 20: The Path
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