SIDNEY PUBLIC LIBRARY
DAY: Monday Morning starting Sep 10
TEACHER: Gen Kelsang Zopa
COST: $10 per class or 5 classes for $40 / Free for Members
WHERE: 10091 Resthaven Drive, Sidney BC
Suitable for everyone! These drop-in classes offer practical methods to improve the quality of our lives through meditation and Buddhist teachings.
SEPT 10, 17, 24
RECOGNIZING OUR MIND’S POTENTIAL
Buddha taught that our human life is very precious because it provides us with a special opportunity to realize our spiritual potential. Through the practice of training the mind we can gain permanent inner peace and freedom from all suffering.
OCT 1, 15 (no class Oct 8)
LETTING GO OF DESIRE AND ATTACHMENT
We have countless desires, but no matter how much effort we make we never feel that we have satisfied them. By controlling our desire we can make ourself happy all the time.
OCT 22, 29, NOV 5
UNDERSTANDING DEATH & REBIRTH
Death is the cessation of the connection between our mind and our body. When the body disintegrates at death the mind does not cease. The continuum of our very subtle mind has no beginning and no end.
NOV 12, 19, 26
PURIFYING OUR KARMA
By gaining understanding of the law of karma we can radically change our life for the better, learn to accept difficult situations and create the causes for our future success and peace of mind.
DEC 3, 10
LIBERATION FROM SUFFERING
When we develop a strong wish to abandon the cycle of contaminated rebirth, samsara, this wish is called ‘renunciation’, and it is through developing this wish that we actually enter the path to liberation, or nirvana.
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.
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.
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.
Gen Kelsang Zopa
A Canadian Buddhist monk, Gen Zopa has been presenting the profound and practical teachings of the Buddhist path to enlightenment for over 20 years. Renowned for the clarity and depth of his teachings, his warmth and practicality bring to life the ancient art of meditation.
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.