Esquimalt - Thursday - Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre

ESQUIMALT RECREATION CENTRE

In-Person Classes / Pre-Register or Drop in

THURSDAY MORNINGS

DAY:  Thursday Mornings

TIME:  10.30-11.30am

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 by tapping on the course date below.

Course Dates & Cost:

April 7th – May 19th – 7 sessions  ($70 +tax)

May 26th – June 30th – 6 sessions  ($60 +tax)

COST for DROP-IN:  $12+tax per class. Pay at the reception desk.

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.

WEEKLY TOPICS 

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.

WEEKLY TOPICS 

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?  

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 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.

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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