PROTECTION FROM SUFFERING
3-Part Saturday Series
DATES: Saturday, May 4, 11, 18
TEACHER: Nan Keller
COST: $10 per class drop-in
In Advance: $25 for all 3 (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 ($25). Payment in advance guarantees you a place and speeds up the process at the door. Payment in advance is available until May 3 at noon or until the pre-registration maximum is reached.
3-PART SATURDAY SERIES
When conflict and problems come up in your life, how do you typically respond? Everyone seems to be on a short fuse these days and anger is what we use to deal with problems. But this only seems to exacerbate the problems. How do we step out of this cycle? Buddha taught practical and effective methods for transforming problems and suffering into causes of happiness. It may seem impossible now, but you can face conflict with a happy mind – always!
During this 3-part course Nan Keller will explain the special ways of thinking and being that enable the inner experience of peaceful and productive happiness … regardless of how things are going externally in your life. And here’s the thing: it’s easy… if we do it!
It is recommended that you attend the course in its entirety, but you may drop in to any individual session.
SATURDAY MAY 4 / 10.00-11.15am
Where Does Suffering Come From? Karma refers to the causal relationship between our actions and our experiences. All our actions of body, speech and mind are causes and all our experiences are their effects. The law of karma explains why each individual has a unique mental disposition, a unique physical appearance, and unique experiences.
SATURDAY MAY 11 / 10.00-11.15am
What is Samsara? Samsara is uninterrupted rebirth without freedom or control. All living beings experience suffering because they have taken a contaminated rebirth again and again. This cycle of contaminated rebirth and suffering is called samsara.
SATURDAY MAY 18 / 10.00-11.15am
Practicing Patient Acceptance. Patience is a virtuous mind that is able to bear harm or suffering. Without patience we remain vulnerable to anxiety, frustration, and low self-esteem. We find it difficult to maintain peaceful relationships.
Nan is a member of our Teacher Training Program. She is currently leading noon meditations on Thursdays at the Centre. She has been active in the Kadampa community for many years and has taught in the Saturday program since its inception.
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.
Booking in advance has the advantages of a slight discount for the 3 sessions, guaranteeing you a seat and ease of entry ( just checking off your name).
NOTE: Advance booking will end at noon on May 3 or when 30 people are registered, whichever comes first. This is to ensure there is sufficient room for walk-ups.
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.