HOW TO DEVELOP A GOOD HEART
DATES: Saturday, Feb 29, Mar 7, 14, 21
TEACHER: Janet Marriott
COST: Pre-register for all 4 classes for $35 or pay $10 per class at the door (cash or cheque only)
WHERE: Little Red Church in Comox, 2182 Comox Ave. (across from St. Joseph’s Hospital)
REGISTRATION: You may pay at the door for individual classes ($10 each) or save money by registering for the full 4-part course ($35). Payment in advance guarantees you a place and speeds up the process at the door. Payment in advance will be available until Feb 28 at noon or until the pre-registration maximum is reached.
Of all the innumerable conceptual thoughts that arise from our root mind, the most harmful is self-cherishing and the most beneficial is the mind of cherishing others. Self-cherishing is our mind thinking ‘I am important’ while neglecting others. This self-centred view of the world is based on ignorance and does not correspond to reality. All the problems of human society, such as war, crime, pollution, drug addiction, poverty, injustice, and disharmony within families, are the result of self-cherishing.
Through practicing the instructions contained within this course we can develop a realistic view of the world, based on an understanding of the equality and interdependence of all living beings. Once we view each and every living being as important we will naturally develop good intentions towards them. Open to everyone, regardless of previous experience.
SATURDAY FEB 29 / 10.00-11.15am
Why do we find it so difficult to cherish others? The main reason why we do not cherish all living beings is that we are so preoccupied with ourself, and this leaves very little room in our mind to appreciate others. If we wish to cherish others sincerely we have to reduce our obsessive self-concern.
SATURDAY MAR 7 / 10.00-11.15am
The disadvantages of self-cherishing It is impossible to find a single problem, misfortune, or painful experience that does not arise from self-cherishing. As Bodhisattva Shantideva says: “All the happiness there is in the world arises from wishing others to be happy. All the suffering there is in the world arises from wishing oneself to be happy.”
SATURDAY MAR 14 / 10.00-11.15am
Learning to cherish others Cherishing others is not so difficult – all we need to do is understand why we should cherish others and then make a firm decision to do so. There are two main reasons why we need to cherish all living beings. The first is that they have shown us immeasurable kindness, and the second is that cherishing them has enormous benefits.
SATURDAY MAR 21 / 10.00-11.15am
Equalizing self and others There are three valid reasons why I should cherish myself and others equally: All living beings have shown me great kindness in both this and previous lives. Just as I wish to be free from suffering and experience only happiness, so do all other beings. I am only one, whereas others are countless, so how can I cherish myself alone while I neglect to cherish others?
THE LITTLE RED CHURCH
The course will be held at the Little Red Church in Comox, 2182 Comox Ave. (across from St. Joseph’s Hospital
Janet is a member of the Foundation Program at Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre and has been studying and practicing Kadampa Buddhism for over 15 years. Janet enjoys sharing her practical experience of how helpful Buddha’s advice and meditation techniques are in our everyday lives.
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?
No, it is not necessary to book in advance. Each class is self-contained so you can drop-in whenever you like, and we always save room for drop-ins.
If you wish to book in advance it will save you some money and speeds the process at the door.