APPEARANCE AND EMPTINESS
DATES: Sunday, Mar 31, Apr 7, 14
TEACHER: Gen Kelsang Zopa
COST: $15 per class drop-in
In Advance: $40 for all 3 ($20 for members)
WHERE: 970 Blanshard Street, Victoria
REGISTRATION: You may pay at the door for individual classes ($15 each) or save money by registering for the full 3-part course. Payment in advance guarantees you a place and speeds up the process at the door. Payment in advance will be available until Mar 30 at noon or until the pre-registration maximum is reached, whichever comes first.
Out of confusion and ignorance we misapprehend reality and perceive ourselves in a state of painful isolation from others and our world. We view our limitations as real and we feel stuck. But our limitations are not real. The actual nature of things is emptiness, which means things do not exist outside the mind, but as mere appearances arising from our mind.
Understanding this naturally frees our mind from our sense of limitation and insecurity and fills our mind with happiness.
In this 3-part course we will learn to meditate on the profound object emptiness, or ultimate truth. Gaining even just a little insight into this object can profoundly change our understanding of our self, and our world. It is recommended that you attend the course in its entirety, but you may drop in to any individual session.
SUNDAY MAR 31 / 10.00am-12.00pm
Emptiness For Beginners. Out of confusion we misperceive the way things exist and live within this hallucination as if it were the truth. We view our limitations as real and we feel stuck. But our limitations and the world we normally perceive are not real and as solid as they seem to be. The actual nature of things is emptiness, which means things do not exist outside the mind, but are mere appearances arising from our mind. Understanding this frees us from our sense of limitation and insecurity and fills us with a sense of possibility and joy.
SUNDAY APR 7 / 10.00am-12.00pm
Meditating on Ultimate Truth. Buddha said that all phenomena are like a dream or like an illusion – things appear to exist independent of our mind but they in fact do not. Buddha explained very clear and systematic trainings in this most profound wisdom. The wisdom realizing ultimate truth emptiness is the door to liberation and enlightenment.
SUNDAY APR 14 / 10.00am-12.00pm
Living Lightly. There is nothing more meaningful and more useful than Buddha’s profound teachings on emptiness, ultimate reality. If we make no effort to improve our wisdom we shall always remain ignorant of ultimate truth, the true nature of reality. Buddha’s liberating wisdom of emptiness teaches us how to live everyday with ease, free from physical and mental pain. Finally, we will experience the deepest inner peace or Nirvana.
Gen Kelsang Zopa
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.
Q. Do I need to be a Buddhist to attend?
No. Anyone can learn basic meditation and experience the benefits that come from having a peaceful mind.
Q. Do I need to have any experience?
No. Everyone is welcome, including beginners. All you need is the wish to improve yourself and the quality of your life.
Q. How should I dress?
No special clothing is required, come as you are.
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. Do I need to book in advance?
No, it is not necessary to book in advance. Each class is self-contained so you can drop-in whenever you like.
Booking in advance has the advantages of a slight discount for the 3 sessions, guaranteeing you a seat and ease of entry ( just checking off your name).
NOTE: Advance booking will end at noon on March 30th or when 30 people are registered, whichever comes first. This is to ensure there is sufficient room for walk-ups.
Q. Do I have to wait for the next series of classes to begin?
No, please feel free to drop in whenever you like. Each class is taught in such a way that if you only attend one class, you will derive benefit from it.