ESQUIMALT RECREATION CENTRE
In-Person Classes / Pre-Register or Drop in
DAY: Thursday Mornings
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.
GROWING OLDER... GROWING WISER?
Apr 7 – May 19
Growing older, we might question the wisdom we have gained thus far. Buddha did not spare us the descriptions of aging and sickness. Kindly, he also gave us wisdom instructions to guide us to mental peace through the changing conditions of our personal lives and the larger world we inhabit.
In “The New Meditation Handbook” Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche writes “Our lives are now more complicated, and mentally we are becoming more unhappy and worried. There are now more problems and greater dangers than ever before. This shows that cannot make ourself happy by simply improving external conditions.”
Through Buddha’s teachings we can learn to cultivate the inner minds of compassion and wisdom, creating greater mental peace for both ourself and others.
May 19 ~ Imagining the Very Best. Buddha taught how we can imagine, and then go on to create the experience we have always wanted, free from suffering and a source of happiness for all beings. Let’s begin.
GOOD REASONS TO CHOOSE LOVE
May 26 – June 30
In a world that appears fraught with conflict and discontent, how can we find what we need to experience love? Buddha’s teachings hold the compassion and wisdom to help us find, choose, and benefit from love every day.
May 26 ~ How Finding Fault Interferes with Finding Love
June 2 ~ Remembering Love When It Really Hurts
June 9 ~ Is this Love or Is this Attachment?
June 16 ~ How Does Love Lead us to Compassion?
June 23 ~ What is Wishing Love?
June 30 ~ How Can We Love Like Buddha?
Each class begins with guided breathing meditation, to help settle the mind and let go of distractions.
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.
Sachi is a member of the Teacher Training Program and teaches weekly classes at the Esquimalt Recreation Centre on Thursday mornings. She also teaches Foundation Program at Bodhichitta Centre. Sachi’s background includes experience in human services, community music, and death midwifery.
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?
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?