and 5-PART SERIES
Anxiety has reached epidemic proportions. Many people suffer from feelings of fear and constant anxiety or are simply overwhelmed by the stress and demands of everyday life. In this Library Talk and 5-Part Series we will explore meditations and ways of thinking derived from Buddha’s teachings that will help us to become fearless in the face of adversity and deal with our negative emotions more confidently and effectively. PRE-REGISTRATION HAS ENDED. WALK-UPS ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE LIBRARY TALK ($20) and the follow-up classes ($10 each).
DAY: Saturday, Jan 19, 2019
TEACHER: Gen Kelsang Zopa
COST: $20 for the Library Talk only, or $50 if you pre-register in advance for the Library Talk and the entire 5-Part Series.
WHERE: The Library Talk will be held at Victoria Public Library – Central Branch (The Community Room), 735 Broughton St.
Following the Library Talk, there will be a 5-Part Series of Saturday classes at Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre.
DAY: Saturdays Jan 26, Feb 2, 9, 16, 23, 2019
TEACHER: Debbi Jones
COST: $10 drop-in for each session of the 5-Part Series, or included if you have registered in advance for both the Library Talk and the Series
WHERE: The 5-Part Series will be held at Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre, 970 Blanshard St. (at Broughton)
Many people are plagued by obsessive, worrisome thoughts that can leave us feeling depressed and exhausted. We all want to be free of anxiety and stress, but how can we do this when we are gripped by these painful thoughts and feelings?
By following Buddha’s advice and through the practice of meditation, we can finally find freedom from anxious thoughts and experience inner stability. With a calm, clear mind we can make good decisions and be of benefit to our friends and family
During this talk Gen Kelsang Zopa will explain Buddha’s scientific methods for releasing us from painful, unhappy thoughts and feelings, thus enabling us to enjoy the freedom of mental peace. With a peaceful mind, we can find joy in our lives.
A Canadian Buddhist monk, Gen Zopa has been presenting the profound and practical teachings of the Buddhist path to enlightenment for over 20 years. Renowned for the clarity and depth of his teachings, his warmth and practicality bring to life the ancient art of meditation.
Convenient parking is available just below the Central Library, 745 Broughton Street. The first hour is free. $2 per hour for the 2nd and 3rd hour and $3 per hour after that. Parking is free after 6 pm and all day Sunday.
Discover how we can use Buddhist meditation and positive thinking to transform every moment of our daily life. If we train in meditation our mind will become more and more peaceful, and we shall experience purer and purer forms of happiness. Eventually we shall be able to stay happy all the time, even in the most difficult circumstances.
Feb 2 – Attachment, Craving & Desire
Attachment is like a rope that binds us to a life of suffering. It keeps us investing our energy in things that can’t give us the real lasting peace and happiness we crave. Our attachment keeps us bound in unhealthy mental habit patterns, repeating mistakes that undermine our personal growth. Learn the meditations Buddha taught to free our mind from attachment and allow us to enjoy a life of real fulfillment.
Feb 9 – The Habits of Happy People
Happiness is something that each one of us has the potential to experience. Sadly, our habitual ways of thinking often take us in the opposite direction. We will explore several meditations and ways of thinking that uplift the mind. And we’ll learn how, by carrying these with mindfulness into our day, we can maintain a light, joyful attitude, no matter what life throws our way.
Feb 16 – Healthy Mind, Happy Life
In this class we will explore the qualities of a healthy mind and how these qualities can be enhanced through formal meditation practice and a special awareness when we are not meditating. We will learn Buddha’s scientific methods for releasing us from painful, unhappy thoughts and feelings, thus enabling us to enjoy the freedom of mental peace. With a peaceful mind, we can find joy in our lives.
Feb 23 – Freedom from Painful Emotions
During this meditation class, we will explore specific toxic minds called delusions and learn how to apply their virtuous mental opponents. We will discover why these negative states of mind arise and how, through meditation practice, to eliminate them. In this way we will come to experience a deep, satisfying emotional freedom, becoming the person we wish to be – joyful, confident and loving.
Debbi is a member of the Teacher Training Program and an experienced teacher of Dharma. She is currently the branch teacher for Sidney SHOAL Centre on Monday evenings. Debbi enjoys sharing how practical and helpful Dharma is in our everyday lives.
Q. Do I need to be a Buddhist to attend?
Q. Do I need to have any experience?
Q. How should I dress?
Q. Is there any physical exercise involved?
No. The classes focus on meditation and teachings alone. You can choose to sit on a chair or meditation cushion.
Q. Is it necessary to book in advance?
We recommend registering in advance. Payment in advance saves you money and guarantees you a place. Advance registration will end at noon the day before the first event (Jan 18) or when capacity is reached, whichever comes first.
We have seats available for the Library Talk. Please arrive by 9:45am.
Q. Do I need to book in advance?
It is recommended to book in advance. Payment in advance saves you money and guarantees you a place. Payment in advance for the whole series or just for the Library Talk will be available until noon on January 18th. If there are available drop-in spots that will be posted on the website on January 18th.