TRAINING IN CONCENTRATION
DATES: Sunday, Feb 17, 24, Mar 3
TEACHER: Gen Kelsang Zopa
COST: $15 per class drop-in
WHERE: 970 Blanshard Street, Victoria
REGISTRATION: You may pay at the door for individual classes ($15 each) or save money by registering for the full 3-part course. Payment in advance for this course is now ended. Please feel free to drop-in to any session, we have saved room for drop-ins.
The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful. If our mind is peaceful, we will be free from worries and emotional discomfort, and so we will experience true happiness. But if our mind is disturbed, we will find it very difficult to be happy, even if we are living in the very best conditions.
In this 3-part course we will practise developing a feeling of inner peace through virtuous concentration. We can then learn how to maintain this peaceful mind throughout the day, so that the experience of joy in our lives will not be so fleeting and unreliable. It is recommended that you attend the course in its entirety, but you may drop in to any individual session.
SUNDAY FEB 17 / 10.00am-12.00pm
The Benefits Of Concentration. Why is concentration so important? Developing our concentration leads to profound peace, freedom from pain and mental discomfort, and extraordinary capacity to benefit others. Concentration completely determines the power and effectiveness of our spiritual practice, and is therefore of paramount importance to our happiness and our ability to benefit others.
SUNDAY FEB 24 / 10.00am-12.00pm
How To Develop Concentration. We can develop our powers of concentration through systematic training in meditation. Learn techniques that have been used by generations of meditators. As we improve our concentration and mindfulness, we gain confidence that our spiritual goals can be attained.
SUNDAY MAR 3 / 10.00am-12.00pm
Abiding In An Ocean Of Tranquility. Tranquil abiding is a state of perfect concentration free from distractions. During this class we will experience the techniques to overcome mental wandering, mental excitement and mental sinking, which cause the major distractions in our life. Anyone can learn how to do this – everybody is welcome.
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?
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).
ADVANCE BOOKING WILL END THE DAY BEFORE THE EVENT AT NOON OR WHEN 30 PEOPLE HAVE REGISTERED, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST. This allows us to save room for drop-ins.
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.