Saturday Classes | Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre

SATURDAY MORNING

5-Part Series

HEALING ANXIETY

DAY:  Saturdays Jan 26, Feb 2, 9, 16, 23

TIME:  10.00-11.15am

TEACHER:  Debbi Jones

COST:  $10 drop-in for each session of the 5-Part Series.  

Register in advance for the Library Talk and 5-Part Series  and pay only $50

WHERE:  Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre, 970 Blanshard Street (at Broughton)

Suitable for everyone!  These classes offer practical methods to improve the quality of our lives through meditation and Buddhist teachings

LIBRARY TALK  Gen Kelsang Zopa will be giving a Library Talk on HEALING ANXIETY at Victoria Public Library – Central Branch on Saturday, January 19, 10.00-11.30am

ABOUT THE SERIES
Jan 26  – Dealing with Stress and Worry

Discover how we can use Buddhist meditation and positive thinking to transform every moment of our daily life.  If we train in meditation our mind will become more and more peaceful, and we shall experience purer and purer forms of happiness. Eventually we shall be able to stay happy all the time, even in the most difficult circumstances.

Feb 2 –  Attachment, Craving & Desire

Attachment is like a rope that binds us to a life of suffering.  It keeps us investing our energy in things that can’t give us the real lasting peace and happiness we crave.  Our attachment keeps us bound in unhealthy mental habit patterns, repeating mistakes that undermine our personal growth.  Learn the meditations Buddha taught to free our mind from attachment and allow us to enjoy a life of real fulfillment. 

Feb 9 –  The Habits of Happy People

Happiness is something that each one of us has the potential to experience.  Sadly, our habitual ways of thinking often take us in the opposite direction.  We will explore several meditations and ways of thinking that uplift the mind.  And we’ll learn how, by carrying these with mindfulness into our day, we can maintain a light, joyful attitude, no matter what life throws our way.

Feb 16 – Healthy Mind, Happy Life

In this class we will explore the qualities of a healthy mind and how these qualities can be enhanced through formal meditation practice and a special awareness when we are not meditating.  We will learn Buddha’s scientific methods for releasing us from painful, unhappy thoughts and feelings, thus enabling us to enjoy the freedom of mental peace. With a peaceful mind, we can find joy in our lives.

Feb 23 – Freedom from Painful Emotions

During this meditation class, we will explore specific toxic minds called delusions and learn how to apply their virtuous mental opponents. We will discover why these negative states of mind arise and how, through meditation practice, to eliminate them. In this way we will come to experience a deep, satisfying emotional freedom, becoming the person we wish to be – joyful, confident and loving.

PARKING

Convenient parking is available just below the Central Library, 745 Broughton Street.  The first hour is free.  $2 per hour for the 2nd and 3rd hour and $3 per hour after that.  Parking is free after 6 pm and all day Sunday. 

CLASS FORMAT

Guided Meditation

Each class begins with guided breathing meditation, to help settle the mind and let go of distractions. If we wish, we can join in and recite the Liberating Prayer, which is a chanted prayer where we connect with the inspiration of enlightened beings.

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.
    Debbi Jones

Debbi is a member of the Teacher Training Program and an experienced teacher of Dharma.  She  is currently the branch teacher for Sidney SHOAL Centre on Monday evenings.  Debbi enjoys sharing how practical and helpful Dharma is in our everyday lives.

BOOKS ON BUDDHISM

THARPA PUBLICATIONS

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?
For weekly classes 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