DAY: Saturdays Jan 26, Feb 2, 9, 16, 23
TEACHER: Debbi Jones
COST: $10 drop-in for each session of the 5-Part Series.
WHERE: Bodhichitta Centre, 970 Blanshard Street
Suitable for everyone! These classes offer practical methods to improve the quality of our lives through meditation and Buddhist teachings
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.
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.
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.