Esquimalt | Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre

ESQUIMALT RECREATION CENTRE

Classes by Pre-registration or Drop-in

WEDNESDAY EVENING

FREE DEMO MEDITATION CLASS:

Wednesday, Jan 9, 7.00-8.15pm   Course Code: 14496

DAY:  Wednesday Evening

TIME:  7.00-8.15pm

TEACHER:  Sachi Tamura

WHERE:  527 Fraser Street, Esquimalt

Suitable for everyone!  These classes offer practical methods to improve the quality of our lives through meditation and Buddhist teachings.

REGISTRATION

Call:  Esquimalt Rec Centre
250-412-8500 or 250-412-8510
or Register Online at this Link

Dates & Course Number:
14498  Jan 16 – Feb 27, 7 sessions, $56
14499  Mar 6 – Apr 24, 8 sessions, $64
14500  May 1 – Jun 12, 7 sessions, $56

COST for DROP-IN:  $10 (+tax) per class.  Pay at the Reception Desk.

 

CLASS TOPICS

COURSE 1

JAN 16, 23, 30, FEB 6, 13, 20, 27

HOW TO LIVE A MEANINGFUL LIFE

Each and every living being has the potential to become an enlightened being.  Through meditation and putting practical teachings into practice in our daily lives, we can transform our mind from that of an ordinary being to that of a fully enlightened being, a Buddha.  We can create deep inner peace and happiness from within our mind, and help others to do the same.   To find pure happiness and freedom from problems, and to help others achieve the same, what could be more meaningful in this life than this?

COURSE 2

MAR 6, 13, 20, 27, APR 3, 10, 17, 24

HOW TO LIVE WITHOUT ANGER AND BE CONTENT

Anger is a response to feelings of unhappiness, which in turn arise whenever we meet with unpleasant circumstances.  Whenever we are prevented from fulfilling our wishes, or forced into a situation we dislike – in short, whenever we have to put up with something we would rather avoid – our uncontrolled mind reacts by immediately feeling unhappy.  This uncomfortable feeling can easily turn into anger, and we become even more disturbed than before.  

COURSE 3

MAY 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, JUN 5, 12

HOW TO LOVE DEEPLY AND LIVE WISELY

There are two main reasons why we need to cherish all living beings.  The first is that they have shown us immeasurable kindness, and the second is that cherishing them has enormous benefits. Cherishing others is the best method to solve our own and others’ problems.  If we cherish everyone we meet or think about, there will be no basis for developing jealousy, anger, or harmful thoughts, and our mind will be at peace all the time.

CLASS FORMAT

Guided Meditation

Each class begins with guided breathing meditation, to help settle the mind and let go of distractions.

Teaching

The teacher will then give a practical teaching  based on the book, How To Transform Your Life, by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. The teaching will focus on how we can integrate Buddha’s timeless wisdom into our busy daily lives.

Concluding Meditation

The class will finish with a concluding meditation to help us take the teaching to heart and there is also the opportunity to ask questions.
TEACHER

  Sachi Tamura

Sachi is a member of the Teacher Training Program and presently teaches weekly classes at the Esquimalt Recreation Centre on Wednesday evening and Friday noon and at the Centre.  Sachi’s background includes experience in human services, community music, and death midwifery.

FAQS
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?
For weekly classes it is not necessary to book in advance. Each class is self-contained so you can drop-in whenever you like.
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.
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