Overcoming the Illusion of Loneliness | Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre

OVERCOMING the ILLUSION of LONELINESS

3-Part Course

BODHICHITTA CENTRE

DATES:  Saturday, Oct 5, 12, 19

TIME:  10.00-11.15am

TEACHER:  Deborah Mabee

COST:  Pre-register for all 3 classes $25 or $10 per class at the door.  (Free for Members)

WHERE:  970 Blanshard Street, Victoria

REGISTRATION:   You may pay at the door for individual classes ($10 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 Oct 4 at noon or until the pre-registration maximum is reached, whichever comes first..

3-PART COURSE

We often feel as if we are isolated individuals and suffer from loneliness, yearning to feel a sense of connection with others. In this 3-part meditation course, we will discover and gain an experience of how this perception of ourselves as separate from others is an illusion, for in truth we are all naturally and profoundly interconnected.

By learning to understand and feel this connection we will reduce our sense of isolation, allowing a natural closeness and authentic love for others to arise.  Open to everyone, regardless of previous experience.

SATURDAY OCT 5 / 10.00-11.15am

Closing the gap between self and others.  Loneliness is not based so much on the number of friends we have or don’t have but on our view and feelings. We can heal our feelings of loneliness by recognizing that we are not as separate from others as we might imagine — in truth we are all profoundly interconnected and supported. 

SATURDAY OCT 12 / 10.00-11.15am

Living beings have no faults.  Focusing on other people’s faults is the source of much of our negativity and one of the main obstacles to developing feelings of affection and closeness to others. If we want to draw close to others we need to recognize their kindness and good qualities.  

SATURDAY OCT 19 / 10.00-11.15am

Learning to cherish others.  We often become strongly attched to another person who we feel will help us overcome our loneliness by providing the comfort, security or excitement we crave.  However if we have a loving mind towards everyone we do not feel lonely.  Instead of clinging onto others to fulfil our desires we shall want to help them fulfil their needs and wishes.  

TEACHER

 Deborah Mabee

Deborah Mabee is a member of the Teacher Training Program.  Her teachings are always practical and easy to apply to everyday life.  Deborah is well loved for her warm and welcoming presence and inspiring enthusiasm for Buddha’s teachings.

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?
No, it is not necessary to book in advance. Each class is self-contained so you can drop-in whenever you like.
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.
LOCATION

Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre