Esquimalt | Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre

ESQUIMALT RECREATION CENTRE

Classes by Pre-registration or Drop-in

WEDNESDAY EVENING

DAY:  Wednesday Evening 

TIME:  7.00-8.30pm

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 & Price:
Jan 8 – Feb 26, 8 sessions ($64+tax)
Mar 4 – Apr 29, 9 sessions ($72+tax)
May 6 – Jun 10, 6 sessions ($48+tax)

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

 

CLASS TOPICS

COURSE 1

Jan 8 - Feb 26

FREEING OUR  MIND AND DISCOVERING OUR POTENTIAL

By increasing our understanding of the mind and how it functions, we will understand where true happiness comes from – and how to become more skillful in creating happiness for ourselves and others.  This awareness will motivate us to practice the tools Buddha gave us in our daily lives, enabling us to create permanent peace

COURSE 2

Mar 4 - Apr 29

RELATIONSHIPS – AN OPPORTUNITY TO GROW OUR COMPASSION

Many of the difficulties we experience involve our relationships with others – in our family, our workplace, our neighbourhood and in our society at large.  We will learn and practice profound meditations that will enable us to cherish others more fully and deeply.

COURSE 3

May 6 - Jun 10

BECOMING OUR OWN PROTECTOR

We have so many fears and challenges in our lives – loneliness, sickness, financial hardships, death and losses of many kinds.  Where do we turn for support and strength?  By understanding the benefits of relying on Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, we can develop a foundation that will allow us to transform life’s experiences to create more wisdom and peace.

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?

You may book in advance for your convenience and a savings, but it is not necessary. Each class is self-contained so you can drop-in whenever you like.  Just pay at the front desk on your way in.

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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