Esquimalt - Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre

ESQUIMALT RECREATION CENTRE

In-Person Classes / Pre-Register or Drop in

WEDNESDAY EVENING

DAY:  Wednesday Evening Starting April 6

TIME:  7.00-8.00pm

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 class dates below.

Course Dates & Price:

April 6th – May 18th      7 sessions ($70 + tax)

May 25th – June 29th      6 sessions ($60 + tax)

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

Buddhist meditation is widely known for its ability to help people remove their inner causes of suffering.  It is also about becoming happier and happier — discovering the deep peace, joy, and bliss we all have inside of us. 

Join Sachi Tamura from the Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre for this series of classes that introduce the practice of meditation and its benefits in our daily life.

LEARNING HOW TO BE HAPPY

Topic for April TBD

Although everyone wants to be happy, sometimes we find it difficult to be happy even for a whole day.  However, Buddha taught that everyone has a profound inner potential to experience lasting, pure happiness, which we can develop through spiritual practices like meditation and mindfulness.  We will learn step by step how to let go of anxiety, frustration and other problems, and how to develop greater levels of lasting peace and happiness

Practicing these step-by-step carefully crafted meditations will nourish the qualities in our mind that lead to our happiness and reduce our painful thoughts and feelings. We will notice our mind becoming healthier, stronger, and finally more enlightened.

WEEKLY TOPICS

  • Looking for Happiness
  • Enhancing our self-confidence
  • Developing contentment
  • Overcoming distractions
  • Recognizing our anger
  • Practicing patience
  • Increasing our empathy

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  Thursday mornings.  She also teaches some of the Saturday classes at the 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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