FINDING PEACE IN UNCERTAIN TIMES
DATES: Sunday, Sep 8, 15, 22
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 Sept 7 at noon or until the pre-registration maximum is reached.
When our life is difficult and and the world seems so troubled, the only way to really reduce our problems and increase our happiness is to change our mental attitudes from negative to positive. Practicing meditation makes it easier to be positive, flexible, and helpful to ourself and others.
This 3-part course will offer practical methods for bringing about this change in our mind so that we can attain pure and everlasting happiness and freedom from misery. Learn some meditations you can do at home and in daily life to start making progress in your own inner development. Open to everyone, regardless of previous experience.
SUNDAY SEP 8 / 10.00am-12.00pm
Identifying our unhelpful fears. By identifying and letting go of our unhelpful fears, we can redirect our attention and energy into finding spiritual, inner refuge through gradually training the mind. All Buddha’s teachings are methods to overcome the delusions, the source of all fears. Once we have done this, we become fearless because we no longer have anything that can harm us.
SUNDAY SEP 15 / 10.00am-12.00pm
Delusions are the source of our fear. The source of all our fear comes from our own uncontrolled minds or “delusions”. There are fears that arise from attachment, such as the fear and anxiety of being separated from something or someone we feel we need for our security or happiness. There are the fears that arise from anger when we feel threatened. And there are fears that arise from self-grasping ignorance, which is the root of all other delusions, and thus the source of all fears.
SUNDAY SEP 22 / 10.00am-12.00pm
Understanding karmic appearances. Where do all our good and bad experiences come from? According to Buddhism they are the result of the positive and negative karma we created in the past. As a result of positive karma, attractive and agreeable people appear in our life, pleasant material conditions arise and we live in a beautiful environment; but as a result of negative karma, unpleasant people and things appear. This world is the effect of the collective karma created by the beings who inhabit it.
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.