Transforming Relationships | Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre

TRANSFORMING RELATIONSHIPS

Public Talk & 5-Part Series

BODHICHITTA CENTRE

Everyone wants better relationships with others.   The Buddhist practices of training the mind and meditation offer effective methods to improve all of our relationships with family, friends, and work colleagues.  We can use these techniques to heal difficult relationships of the past and move forward to acceptance, compassion and love.

Join us for this Public Talk and 5-Part Series as we explore practical methods to create more meaningful and harmonious relationships.  Pay only $50 if you pre-register for both the Public Talk and 5-Part Series.

PUBLIC TALK

DAY:  Saturday, Mar 16

TIME:  10.00-11.30am

TEACHER:  Gen Kelsang Zopa

COST:  $15 for the Public Talk only, or register in advance for the Public Talk and the 5-Part Series and pay $50.

WHERE:  Bodhichitta Centre, 970 Blanshard St.

5-PART SATURDAY SERIES

DAY:  Saturdays, Mar 23, 30, Apr 6, 13, 20 

TIME:  10.00-11.15am 

TEACHER:  Deborah Mabee 

COST:  $10 drop-in for each session of the 5-Part Series, or register in advance for the Public Talk and the 5-Part Series and pay $50.

WHERE:  Bodhichitta Centre, 970 Blanshard St. 

ABOUT THE TALK

This world is full of difficult people and challenging situations.  It is easy to blame and it is hard to love.  When we blame others our mind of anger and resentments creates a world full of enemies. 

On the other hand, love is a beautiful state of mind.  It fills our heart with happiness and brings joy to our family and friends.  It costs nothing yet is the most powerful method to improve the world we live in. When we look back over our lives do we want to see years of blaming others or years filled with love?  We have to make a choice – we cannot do both. 

Buddha taught simple, practical, and effective ways to cultivate love in meditation and in daily life.  During this talk Gen Kelsang Zopa will look at how we can put these teachings into practice and change our life forever.

    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.

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.

ABOUT THE SERIES

March 23 – The Gift of Love

Learning to love in an authentic way. Meditations guaranteed to touch our hearts and overcome jealousy, anger, and attachment… opening our hearts and minds to the joys of genuine love and caring, for ourselves and others.

Mar 30 – Parenting

Is it possible to be a relaxed and happy parent instead of feeling stressed and overwhelmed a good part of the day? It is, if we learn how. Through applying very simple meditation techniques, we can create a place of calm inside and experience a sense of peace, even when our family life seems busy or chaotic.

Apr 6 –  Dharma For The Workplace

By developing our own mind to respond to the inevitable problems of the workplace with patience, wisdom and kindness, we position ourselves to find solutions to seemingly intractable problems. Transform your perspective and you just might transform your workplace.

Apr 13 – Letting Go Of Loneliness

How can we free ourselves from the isolating and painful feeling of loneliness?  Buddhist meditation is a profound method to enable us to gain deep insight into our mind, our self and our relationship to others and the world.  We can learn simple, direct methods to remove our underlying sense of isolation, opening us up to an authentic experience of joy and connection with others.

Apr 20 – Transforming Relationships

We will examine how to find meaning and enjoyment in all our relationships, with teachings, guided meditations, and time for questions.  By keeping this timeless advice in our hearts, we will learn to be happy in the company of our partner, family, friends and co-workers — anyone we might encounter. 

    Deborah Mabee

Deborah Mabee is a member of the Teacher Training Program and an experienced teacher of Dharma.  Her teachings are always practical and easy to apply to everyday life.  Deborah is well loved for her warm and welcoming presence and inspiring enthusiasm for Buddha’s teachings.

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. Is it necessary to book in advance?

We recommend registering in advance. Payment in advance saves you money and guarantees you a place. Advance registration will end at noon the day before the first event (March 15) or when capacity is reached, whichever comes first.

Q. Do I need to book in advance?

It is recommended to book in advance.  Payment in advance saves you money and guarantees you a place.  Payment in advance for the whole series or just for the Library Talk will be available until noon on January 18th.  If there are available drop-in spots that will be posted on the website on January 18th.

LOCATION

Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre