Suitable for everyone, these walk-in classes offer practical methods to improve the quality of our lives through meditation and Buddhist teachings.

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An Introduction to Buddhism

Based on the book, The New Meditation Handbook, these classes present the step-by-step series of meditations, known traditionally as Lamrim, or the “Stages of the Path to Enlightenment”. Arranged in the sequence in which they are to be realized, these meditations guide the practitioner along the path by developing their inner peace, compassion and wisdom.

Although each class is self-contained, the on-going series is designed for those wishing to develop a qualified daily meditation practice and to gain heart-felt experience of these instructions.

CLASS DATES

Series description & details

The Foundations of Lasting Happiness

Understanding the deeper sources of security and inner peace through qualified meditation practice.

Sept 7 – The Dangers of Lower Rebirth

Sept 14 – Refuge

Sept 21 – Karma

Sept 28 – Renunciation

Opening our Hearts to Others

Cultivating connection through developing a warm heart and letting go of our self-centred perspective.

Oct 5 – Equanimity

Oct 12 – Recognizing All Living Beings Are Our Mother

Oct 19 – Remembering the Kindness of Mother Living Beings

Oct 26 – Equalizing Self & Other

Training in Love

Scientific methods for solving our problems by deepening and extending our love for others.

Nov 2 – The Disadvantages of Self-Cherishing

Nov 9 – The Advantages of Cherishing Others

Nov 16 – Exchanging Self with Others

Nov 23 – Great Compassion

The Mind of Enlightenment

Cultivating our compassionate Buddha nature to actualize our full potential.

Nov 30 – Taking

Dec 7 – Wishing Love

Dec 14 – Giving

CLASS FORMAT

What to expect at a class
  • Guided Meditation

    Each class begins with guided breathing meditation, to help settle the mind, let go of distractions and cultivate inner peace.

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  • Teaching

    Kadampa Teacher Edwin Tubb will give a teaching on one of the meditations on the stages of the path to enlightenment, also known as Lamrim. The class will conclude with a 20 minute guided meditation on this topic.

  • A Daily Practice

    By practising the meditation at home for 10-15 minutes each day and by integrating the instructions into everyday life, this class can serve as the basis for developing a qualified daily practice of Kadampa Buddhism.

FAQS

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Q) Do I have to be Buddhist to attend?

A) No. We try to present Buddha’s teachings in a way that is accessible to everyone, and no religious obligation is required.

Q) Do I need to have any experience?

A) No. Everyone is welcome, including beginners. The classes are fully guided so all you need to do is show up.

Q) How should I dress?

A) No special clothing is required, come as you are.

Q) Is there any physical exercise involved?

A) No. The classes focus on meditation and teachings alone. You can choose to sit on a chair or meditation cushion.

Q) Will I be asked to speak in front of a group?

A) No. But you can ask questions if you want to.

Q) Do I need to book in advance?

A) For weekly classes it is not necessary to book in advance. Each class is self-contained so you can come along whenever you can, and start whenever you like.

Q) Do I have to wait for the next series of classes to begin?

A) No, please feel free to drop in whenever you like. Attending the entire series of classes is highly beneficial, as each class builds on the next. However, each class is taught in such a way that if you only attend one class, you will derive benefit from it.

Q) Why do you charge for classes?

A) KMC Canada is a registered, volunteer-run charity. Proceeds from our classes are used to run the beautiful space we currently offer and additional money is donated to the International Temple’s project.

WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT US

“Going to the meditation classes regularly has literally changed my life. Meditation has helped me examine the way I think and react to the circumstances of my daily life. It has helped me change for the better.”

Arlene

“Kadampa continues to transform my life, from “doing”, to simply…”being”.

Keith

“I benefit from every class that I attend. For me this has become a lifelong commitment, to stop thinking about me, and think about how I can benefit others.”

Alan