Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm
Cost: $12 per class (free for KMCC members)
Where: Live-streamed from Kadampa Meditation Centre Canada
December: HOW TO LISTEN TO DHARMA
We have all been to school and may think that the one thing we don’t need to learn is how to listen to or read various kinds of teachings. However if you have been receiving Buddhist teachings for a while but feel that your life is not changing in the way you would like, this may be as a result of not understanding how to listen to Dharma.
This month we will be looking at Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche’s wonderful text Joyful Path of Good Fortune, which begins with an extensive explanation of how anyone interested in increasing their wisdom and reducing their delusions and suffering, should listen to precious Dharma teachings.
Dec. 2 Considering the benefits of listening to Dharma
“If we contemplate some of the countless benefits of listening to Dharma we will naturally enjoy listening to and reading the instructions, and we will do so with an especially keen interest. The result of listening and reading in such a positive frame of mind is that we will actually experience all the benefits we have contemplated.”
Meditation: The ten benefits of listening to Dharma
Dec. 9 Developing respect for Dharma and its Teacher
“In Sutra on the Essence of Grounds Buddha says:
You should listen to Dharma with exceptional faith and respect, not seeing the Teacher as faulty or being displeased with him. When you listen to Dharma you should view the Teacher as Buddha.”
In this class we will consider why it is helpful to view the teacher as Buddha.
Meditation: A special way to view the teacher
Dec. 16 The actual way of listening to Dharma
There are three faults we can develop when listening to Dharma that get in the way of our receiving benefit from the teachings. These are the three faults of a pot! Find out what Buddha meant and discover the 6 recognitions that make our listening very productive.
Meditation on the three faults and six recognitions
Dec. 30 Making the new year meaningful
So maybe we have listened to a lot of Dharma teachings this year and perhaps done some reading on our own, some meditating, some contemplation. As a new year approaches, it seems like a good time to take stock of what we have learned and whether we are actually making use of all these teachings in our daily life. In this class we will look at practical applications of Dharma and how to tell whether it’s working.
Meditation on impermanence
Please note: These classes are for those who would have intended to come in person under normal circumstances.