Time: 7 - 8:15pm
Cost: $12 drop-in fee or $40 for four classes
Free for supporting members
Everyone is welcome!
How to Understand the Mind
‘We often say, “My mind, my mind” but if someone asks us “What is your mind?” we would be hard pushed to answer.
In this series of classes, we will explore Buddhist insights into the nature and function of the mind.
As happiness and suffering are states of mind, if we are to find the happiness we seek, we need to understand our mind. Through learning how our mind works, we can begin to bring our mind under control, and in this way improve the quality of our life, both now and in the future.
Apr 19: Sorry, the mind is not the brain
Apr 26: The creative power of the mind
May 3: Why we feel how we feel
May 10: A positive intention
Freedom from painful emotions
Painful emotions do not come to us from the outside but exist within our own mind. They are part of our mind, but not an intrinsic part, and are caused by our delusions. Negative states of minds that steal our peace and good feelings about ourselves and others. In these classes we will learn how to identify delusions and reduce their hold on us. By doing this, they gradually diminish and we draw closer to the person we wish to be — happier, hopeful, and confident.
These classes are perfect for all level of practitioners, both beginners and advanced. You may attend any or all of the classes. Everyone is welcome!
May 17: Learning to watch our mind and not identify with delusions
May 24: Why attachment sets us up for suffering
May 31: Using love to reduce attachment and feelings of insecurity
Jun 7: Guarding our mind from resentment with the armour of patience
Jun 14: Not allowing jealousy to get the better of us through practicing rejoicing
Our general program classes include guided meditations, and practical teachings given by Buddha.
These classes are suitable for both beginners and more advanced meditation practitioners
General meditation classes are given as a series, but can also be taken individually.
Chairs and cushions are provided.
“When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subsides and the mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally arise from within.”
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche