Thursday Afternoon | Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre

THURSDAY AFTERNOON

Drop-in Class

BODHICHITTA CENTRE

DAY:  Thursday Afternoon starting Sep 6

TIME:  1.30-2.30pm

TEACHER:  Nan Keller

COST:  $10 per class or 5 classes for $40 / Free for Members

WHERE:  970 Blanshard Street, Victoria

Suitable for everyone!  These drop-in classes offer practical methods to improve the quality of our lives through meditation and Buddhist teachings.
CLASS TOPICS

SEPT 6, 13, 20

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.

SEPT 27, OCT 4, 11

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 18, 25, NOV 1

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 8, 15, 22

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.

NOV 29, DEC 6, 13

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. 

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.
TEACHER

  Nan Keller

Nan is a member of our Teacher Training Program.  She is currently leading noon meditations on Thursdays and teaches a Thursday afternoon class at the Centre. She has been active in the Kadampa community for many years and has taught in the Saturday program since its inception.

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